A pensioner from Biggleswade who finished his twelfth London Marathon has raised at least £800 for a cancer charity.
Wally Fairweather made the finish line in 6hrs 20minutes - and he stopped to talk to the crowds on the way!
Wally, 79, made the run to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, after his wife Lily passed away after suffering with the disease in August 2013.
He trained hard for the race and has been a keen runner ever since he was in the Rifle Brigade in the army between 1953 and 1955.
When he left the army he didn’t continue his running though as his career and family life became a priority.
It was his son, Trevor in 1983 who got him back into the sport, as they both ran their first ever London Marathon together.
He said: “Since competing in that first marathon I have loved every second of my running.
“I love being outdoors and have done the Great North Run on many occasions as well.”
Wally, who is 80 this week, has a vast array of medals for taking part in a wide range of running events and he is still going strong despite being on the verge of his ninth decade.
Wally used to live in London where he worked first as a piano carpenter before becoming a postman for 32 years and retiring in 1992.
The day after he retired he moved to Biggleswade and said it was the best decision he has made.
“It is great here, I am such a countryside person and I just go down the road and I can run for miles.
“I couldn’t do that in London! I could feel the fumes in the air.”
Wally attributes a lot of his fitness to the fact he has given blood over 400 times which he is convinced keeps his body in fine fettle.
If you wish to help Wally raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer you can visit his Just Giving page at www.tinyurl.com/WallysMarathon