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101 Year-Old Man to Run London Marathon

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by on 03-04-2008 at 10:12 AM (1846 Views)
Buster_martin_marathon_runner_London.jpgFor 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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