Sixty-four-year-old from Northampton is oldest man to take on 69-mile ultramarathon

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A 64-year-old man from Northampton is taking on one of the country largest ultra-marathon events...and he will be the oldest person in the line-up.

Michael Williams, from Oakleigh Drive, is is taking part in The Wall this weekend. The Wall is the UK’s largest non-stop Ultramarathon, which follows 69 miles of stunning Hadrian’s Wall country between Carlisle Castle and Newcastle Gateshead Quayside. Launched in 2012, the event has achieved cult-like status due to its iconic course.

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Mr Williams started running 12 years ago when he completed his first London Marathon in memory of his sister, who sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer.

Since then he has completed 10 marathons and raised more than £20,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Not content with slowing down in his older years, Mr Williams was soon looking for a new challenge and in 2014 he signed up to take on Rat Race Adventure Sports ultra-marathon event The Wall.

He said: “I saw The Wall advertised in a magazine and I thought, with 10 marathons under my belt, an ultra-marathon would be the perfect new challenge for me to push myself to the limit.”

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Mr Williams completed the 69-mile event in an impressive 16 hours and is now set to take it on The Wall for a second time at the age of 64, making him the oldest runner to take part this year.

He credits running to helping him stay feeling young and healthy. “I love running – it keeps me moving and mobile and I plan to keep it up for as long as my legs let me,” he said.

Entry to the 2015 event is open until capacity is reached and costs £200 per person for solo entry and £180 per person if taking part as a pair.

More information and online entry can be found at www.ratracethewall.com