101 Year-Old Man to Run London Marathon
byon 03-04-2008 at 10:12 AM (1846 Views)
For many competitive runners (myself included), spring is race time. We've been training since January, adding miles each week, and slowly building our stamina.
Buster Martin is just like us - he's training to run the London Marathon on April 13th. Only Buster is 101 years old!
Buster finished The Roding Valley Half Marathon last weekend in 5 hours and 13 minutes. Not bad for someone born in 1907.
After finishing the half marathon, his first words were: "Where's my beer?"
Buster seems to enjoy breaking records. He's the UK's oldest employee, he has 17 children, and his rock band, The Zimmers, (whose members total 3,000 years old) had a hit single just last year. Oh, and he also fought off three young muggers at a bus stop when he was 100...
"They obviously thought I would be an easy touch because I'm old. But they soon found out I'm still a good fighter," he said. "I hit one in the groin and I kicked another one. The foot I used had been operated on a week before for an in-growing toenail. They must have done a good job on it because it worked bloody well."
Buster's boss at Pimlico Plumbers said, "Had he been a weaker character it might have finished him off, but Buster doesn't back down from anything. That's the kind of person he is."
I love this guy - he's unstoppable. Nothing phases him.
As if all that wasn't enough, Buster is also an environmentalist. Check out this clip he made to promote recycling... "If you don't recycle, you've got a screw loose."
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