Oldest­marathon­mandies

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A LON­DON Marathon vet­eran who was the old­est en­trant on four oc­ca­sions has died, aged 92.

East Lon­doner Paul Freed­man ran his fi­nal marathon in 2015 at the age of 90. He had come to run­ning late in life, co-found­ing the Haver­ing 90 jog­gers group when he was 62. He ran his first half-marathon that year and went on to be­come a reg­u­lar in the Lon­don race, which he took part in on 24 oc­ca­sions and was the old­est run­ner in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He rel­ished the at­ten­dant pub­lic­ity.

A heart at­tack at 79 did not de­ter him — he con­sid­ered it an in­con­ve­nience.

His ef­forts helped to raise £100,000 for the St Fran­cis Hospice, which cared for his beloved wife Teeny in her fi­nal days. An avid West Ham fan, he trained with the first team squad be­fore his fi­nal marathon in 2015, which he said was “a dream come true”. He cheek­ily of­fered his ser­vices as a player. Pam Court, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the St Fran­cis Hospice in Haver­ing, said Mr Freed­man was “the most in­cred­i­ble am­bas­sador and a great in­spi­ra­tion to every­one who met him”. The char­ity also paid trib­ute to him in an ad­vert in the pro­gramme for West Ham’s game against West Brom at the week­end, urg­ing fans to con­tinue his sup­port for the hospice. His fu­neral was at Waltham Abbey Ceme­tery.

Paul Freed­man

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