Improving with age

84 vintage: Paul Freedman

84 vintage: Paul Freedman

What are the racing secrets of the oldest London Marathon entrant?

According to 84-year-old Paul Freedman, they are “to keep active, do as much charity work as possible and have a sense of humour”.

Mr Freedman has taken part in all but one of the last 19 London events — the sole exception was because of a heart attack. A lifelong commitment to fundraising was recognised in 2008 with the award of an MBE.

This year he raised over £8,000 for the St Francis Hospice in Romford, near his Hornchurch home. “It does a fantastic service and when I lost my wife two years ago they gave her loads of help. For that I’ll always be grateful.”

His race time of 6 hours 19 minutes was 10 minutes faster than last year and he says he is not finished yet.“My aim is to do another two to make it to 20.”

Last updated: 4:26pm, April 30 2009