85-year-old Ken Jones all set for London Marathon

ARTIGARVAN'S own Ken Jones is preparing for his consecutive 39th London Marathon this weekend at the grand age of 85.

The veteran runner is not only the oldest participant set for the 2019 marathon on Sunday (April 28), he is also one of just 11 remaining runners who has run every edition of the race since the first one in 1981.

But he has made the commitment that next year, the 40th edition of the race, will be his last.

"I want to do it next year. I have got to make it next year, get the 40. That's long enough," he said.

"This is the 39th year that I have done it. In the old days I used to run very fast. I used to get under three hours.

"Now it will be seven hours. I got slower and slower and slower and now I just walk."

Mr Jones, who has a personal best of two hours 55 minutes, said the second half of a marathon is "mind over matter".

Last year, Ken completed the marathon in seven hours and 50 minutes.

Full story in this week's Strabane Weekly News...

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