A Chandler’s Ford pensioner will be running for charity in Sunday’s London Marathon.
Frank Littler, 67 will be one of eight runners who will be raising money for Myositis UK by pounding the streets of the nation’s capital along with thousands of other athletes from all over the country
This will be the veteran runner’s 17th London Marathon and the Eastleigh Running Club Member hopes to make it round in under four and-a-half hours although this will be considerably longer than the time he posted on his first attempt in 1983!
The retired IBM engineer is collecting money in conjunction with Les Oakley MBE of Men’s World International Hairdressers in Chandler’s Ford Precinct and together they are hoping to raise hundreds of pounds to help sufferers of the muscular condition that affects about 10,000 people in the UK.
Les and his wife Irene founded the charity in 1985 after their daughter was diagnosed with Juvenile Dermatomyositis when aged 6.
Frank’s son Mike 36 will also be running but for a dyslexic charity.
Frank’s number is 24015 if you would like to follow his progress round the course and if you would like to donate the giving page is here.
Frank finished the marathon within his four-and-a-half hour target crossing the line at 4:25:56
He told us:
"I doubt if it will be my last marathon. I think running is an excellent way to try and keep fit. "The running a marathon bit is just a measure as to how fit I am and I haven't dropped dead yet from doing them so my heart is still OK".
Pic ©stephen slominski 2014