Buster Martin – 101 year old Marathon runner

Posted on November 9, 2007 by



Recieved from Tony Mangan

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I’M RUNNING MARATHON AT AGE OF 101

EXCLUSIVE Buster’s record bid

By Daniel Thomas

Plucky Buster Martin is taking time out from work to train for the London Marathon – aged 101.

The dad of 17 is determined to become the oldest man to complete the gruelling 26.2-mile run.

War veteran Buster, who plays in a rock band when he’s not at work cleaning vans, said: “It’s about time someone my age did the marathon. It will be a record, though I’m not doing it for that. I just want to show that old people can do things.”

He added modestly: “I would like to be able to do it in three-and-a-half hours – but then I don’t run as fast as I used to.”

Buster, who completed the 10km Great London Run in 2hrs 22mins this June, will prepare for next April’s marathon by running near his home in Vauxhall, south London.

He vowed: “Every Saturday and Sunday morning I will be up at 5.30am to jog.

“You have got to keep your knees from freezing up – and a couple of pints to grease them up could be called for.”

He will be running to raise money for the Rhys Daniels Trust, which provides a “home from home” for parents of children having treatment for life-threatening illnesses.

Great-grandfather Buster’s geriatric band The Zimmers – combined age of over 3,000 years – reached No28 in the singles chart in May with a cover of The Who’s My Generation. Buster, who puts his long life down to a daily pint of bitter and “good red meat” rather than cheese or fish, started work in London’s markets when he was 10.

He was in the Army during the Second World War, rising to regimental sergeant major.

Buster’s wife of 35 years, Irana, died in 1955.

He worked in the markets until he was 97. Buster got bored with retirement and landed a job cleaning plumbers’ vans three times a week.

He said: “I will only give up when they put me in a wooden box.”

Charlie Mullins, boss of Pimlico Plumbers, said: “Buster is a great asset to the company and everyone looks up to him.”

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