pensioner is named UK's top half-marathon runner
A Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has this week been named the UK's top
female half-marathon runner in her age group.
Nicholls, 67, has only been running for four years and said this
week she is "stunned" to have been named the country's
leading 65+ female half-marathon athlete by Athletics Weekly
pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I was both surprised
and delighted when several friends rang me to let me know that
the magazine has ranked me as number one in my age group."
calculated from the results of half-marathons around the country.
I have done well recently, but did not imagine I would
took up running four years ago, aged 63, when her husband died
of cancer. She wanted to raise funds for Cancer Research and has
never looked back.
love running - the sport helped me out of a sad period and I have
met some superb people. It has also has lots of health benefits,"
she said this week.
completed the Liverpool Half Marathon last month in a time of
1 hour and 46 minutes and was the first local finisher across
the finishing line in last year's Burnham Half Marthon in a time
of 1 hour, 40 minutes.
will be competing in this weekend's Taunton Half Marathon and,
later this month, will be running the 2013 London Marathon.
is also a running captain at Burnham Harriers, the town's running
club, which is open to newcomers.
is not Burnham's only athletic pensioner. Arthur Gilbert, 92,
is currently the world's oldest triathlete and regularly competes
in local events.