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<b>Man, 101, to run London Marathon</b><br><br><span style="font-size:small;"><img alt="" src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42635000/jpg/_42635917_buster203.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><br><b>A 101-year-old man has his sights on the London Marathon in a bid to become the world's oldest competitive runner.</b></span> <span style="font-size:small;">Working plumber Buster Martin ran Sunday's Roding Valley half marathon in Essex in five hours 13 minutes, and is now focusing on London's 26-mile event.</span><br><span style="font-size:small;">On finishing the run, the first words of the ex-member of rock band The Zimmers were: "Where's my beer?"</span><br><br><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7275861.stm" target="_blank">http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7275861.stm</a><br><br>
This is what you will up against Thor <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
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Now that IS cool!<br><br>
Two years ago at Boston, I was in the same corral as this one guy who was like 82 years old and was shooting for a sub-3 hour marathon. I knew who it was because just a few months earlier I had seen him in Toronto for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, and he beat me!<br><br>
You should have seen him in Toronto. Here was a super scrawy and very skinny old guy flying down the road, head cocked to the side, with the uglest face you could imagine, and he was kicking ass. Didn't get his sub-3, but he cruised...
 

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<i>On finishing the run, the first words of the ex-member of rock band The Zimmers were: "Where's my beer?"</i><br><br>
And he's got the same priorities as Thor, too! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
seriously, that dude looks waaaaay younger than 101- he totally rocks!
 

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Is everyone going to pile on me and call me cruel and insensitive if I say that 5:13 for a half-marathon is far from "running"?<br><br>
First, let me say that I’m impressed as hell with this old guy. I hope I can still do what he’s done…if I live that long. But, last year right before the Indy Mini, I got injured. It was a lower back injury. I couldn’t run but walking was OK. So, I walked the entire race with my sister. We did not “run” a single stride. That took us a few minutes over three hours. At 5:13 he must have stopped to take a nap.<br><br>
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Me and that guy, we are kin. Wait until London this year, because if there are bloody mates handing out beers after, say, mile 18, I'm in! And I'll find my old timer mate and offer to lend him a sip. These things are just too much fun!
 

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I just did a quick glance at the pic, and I thought it was Thor!<br><br>
Of course, I have not slept in about 20 hours and am once again stuck in the Atlanta airport.
 

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WTF! 20 hours and you DIDN'T call me?!? Some online friend you are!
 

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<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080305/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_britain_marathon" target="_blank">Another Story</a> on the guy from Reuters: <i>"If I finish, I'll do what I always do and have a pint and a ***," he said. "People ask what is my secret but I haven't got one. They say **** and booze are bad for you -- but I'm still here, aren't I?"</i>
 
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