10:36am Wednesday 7th August 2013
AN 83-YEAR-OLD road running pensioner has signed up for the Great Black Country Run in Halesowen.
Geoff Taylor, of Whittingham Road, will be tackling the 10 kilometre run with his 12-year-old grandson Sam on Sunday, September 22.
Mr Taylor has been running since he was sent to Tipton Harriers after coming home from a Smethwick boxing club with a black eye as a child.
He is undaunted about tackling the course as he runs around the streets of Halesowen every morning at 5.45am.
He said: “I am really looking forward to the big day especially as I will be running with my grandson.
“I have done them all in the past, I’ve run half marathons, full marathons and even done the London Marathon twice.”
Geoff stopped running for two years after his beloved wife Vera was taken ill but started again after she died six months ago.
He said: “I have run all my life, I even used to run to work every day when I was younger, it has kept me fit.
“I know the 10km course of the Great Black Country Run and have already run around it a few times, it is great to have such a big running event on my doorstep.”
The Rotary Club of Halesowen and Rowley Regis organised the first ever Halesowen Fun Run last year and due to its success expanded and rebranded the event as the Great Black Country Run.
There will be a 10 kilometre road race for more experienced runners and a five kilometre fun run around the streets of Halesowen.
The event is expected to raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity with runners given the choice money for their own good causes or the Rotary Club’s charity’s which include the Sunfield Centre in Clent.
Founder of the event Rotarian Alan Bowler said: “Geoff is an inspiration to everyone and I am sure lots of potential runners will think if there is an 83-year-old running then so can I.
“We have had a great response our new course and event so we are urging people to register for the run as soon as they can.”
To register for the Great Black Country Run visit www.greatblackcountryrun.com.
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