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Marathon man Eddie's back for Hoylake 10k
MARATHON man Eddie Mountford is pounding the road again after a two year illness . . . . at the age of 90.
At next Sunday's Hoylake 10K run he will be joined by daughter Gillian Quinn from Thingwall and grandsons Darren Quinn, 23, Mark Lennon, 28 and Paul Lennon, 32.
Gillian said: "Everyone is so proud of dad for running again. He is so popular with everyone who knows him.
"Last year he was invited to launch the Liverpool half-marathon. He hasn't run for two years through ill health but he started running again this year and targeted the Hoylake race as his first comeback challenge."
Gillian, also a keen runner, takes pride in Eddie's record of taking part in more than 30 full marathons over the past 40 years.
She said: "He is quite capable of completing the 10k run, although he has obviously slowed down over the years."
Eddie’s competitive spirit was triggered by watching the London Marathon when he was 58.
Even when he was not competing he trains six to 10 hours daily and at the weekend he usually ran the 13 to 15 miles from Woodchurch, where he lives, to Neston and back.
Born in Birkenhead in 1923 he spent 30 years working on the docks and a further eight as a gardener at Arrowe Park. He lost his wife Joan in 1975.
He said: "I loved walking too but started training seriously after I watched the first London Marathon and thought I could do that."
Gillian said: "He was well known for running all over Greasby, Woodchurch and Pensby and everyone remarked that they couldn’t believe how fit he was."
The Globe-backed Hoylake 10k raises funds for a special needs club in the town. It starts at 11am outside Hoylake Community Centre.
So far, 580 people have registered to take part and there is still time to join them.
To enter, call Carla Williams on 0151 625 9505 or email email@example.com
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