A MARATHON runner in his 60s is set to take on his biggest challenge yet by running from London to Brighton.
Bill Mitchell, 68, took up running in 2008 after deciding he wasn’t getting enough exercise, completing his first 10k run in October of that year.
When he tackles the 100km London to Brighton run in May, he will have run more than 30 marathons and super-marathons, including races in Paris, Rome and Prague.
Mr Mitchell, from Turnditch, said: “I started out doing little walks which turned into jogs and then running.
“I joined Ashbourne Running Club when I was 64 and did my first marathon in October 2008. The club encouraged me a lot and have been very helpful. That is what got me into running.
“Once I got into doing the marathons I quite liked them because I like the distance and I like the challenge.
“When I did my first marathon it seemed almost beyond reach, so things have moved on a bit! The marathons I’m doing now I class as training runs.”
Mr Mitchell will be running in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and is hoping to complete the race in around 14 hours. To support his marathon effort, visit justgiving.com/william-mitchell1.