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Walking Pensioner Gets the High-Fives

Released: 10.02.14

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‘I got some great one-to-one coaching support in the gym at the University of St Mark & St John and decided I wanted to run the London Marathon. Taking part in the London Marathon was one of the most memorable days of my life, and I would like to thank the University for its expert support. As an ex-Army man I was always fit, but at 74, my knees prevented me from running. I was advised by a sporting coach at the University that walking was allowed. It was evident I had a major challenge on my hands and I built up my training over the months. I achieved walks of over 15 miles on a regular basis and visited parts of Plymouth I'd never seen before. Walking is a great pastime and I've met many local people on my daily walk. I covered 612 miles in training in order to build up to the London Marathon.'

Dennis raised over £4200 from sponsors and monies were donated to the Army Benevolent Fund.

Dr Saul Bloxham at the University of St Mark & St John said, ‘We are really proud of Dennis and he is a real inspiration to others. To walk the London Marathon was a fantastic achievement. We're really pleased he took up the advice from our sporting coaches.’

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