Rookie runner Meg, 77, to take on half marathon with 79-year-old husband

July 28 2017
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A THORNBURY couple with a combined age of 156 are in training for Bristol’s half marathon - less than a year after one of them took up running.

A THORNBURY couple with a combined age of 156 are in training for Bristol’s half marathon - less than a year after one of them took up running.

 Meg Moseley and husband John will be 77 and 79 respectively when the event takes place in September.

But they have kept up a training regime, spurred on by hopes of raising money for the charity Tearfund.

Meg always maintained she could never run but a visit to her son in chilly Nebraska, USA, last November changed her mind.

Although the days were bright and sunny, the temperatures were below freezing and she and John had to wrap up for their daily walk.

Early in the visit, Meg was so cold that she suggested running a little to get warm, jogging for 30 yards or so at first before walking to get her breath back and then jogging another 30 yards.

But as the days passed, she found she could run further before stopping for breath, eventually surprising John by saying she would like to do a half marathon.

John had previously done some running and inspired by watching his son complete the London Marathon in 2001, he took part himself in 2002 at the age of 63.

Unwilling to lose fitness, he periodically entered half marathons until 2006, after which he stopped due to the development of a specific form of vertigo.

As it is now not so much of a problem, he agreed to have a go again and support Meg, with part of their training involving completing the recent Oldbury Fun Run.

John said: “We both have entries for the Bristol Half Marathon and will use our vision of achieving something special in order to raise money for Tearfund to help with its relief and development work in Africa because we want to help fight poverty and hunger around the world”

The couple are collecting sponsorship via 01454 417932 and through a Just Giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/john-and-meg-s-bristol-half-marathon

Hair salon Bryant and Co on The Plain also has a sponsor form and a charity meal has been organised at Romy’s Kitchen restaurant on Wednesday, September 20 after the half marathon.

Chef Romy Gill is a supportive neighbour of Meg and John and also a keen runner.

The buffet meal will cost £15, of which £12.50 will be given to Tearfund. Contact the restaurant by email at eat@romyskitchen.co.uk or by calling 01454 416728.