On the day of the London Marathon I am always reminded of my late sister in law Madge. When I first met her she was approaching sixty....and had started to train for the Marathon and also for climbing Everest.
What prompted a woman to suddenly become an athlete in her old age is a bit of a mystery but basically she had something to prove! And she did.
She ran her first Marathon, albeit slowly , got funding from various firms around the country for her mountaineering and started a whole new career.
She had already been a favourite on Woman's hour and had written pieces for the Telegraph before she went on to appear regularly on local TV and had the fun of writing a book called "Fun at Fifty. Sin at Sixty" I am not sure it was ever published.
As a woman who also started a new career in her sixties I am certain I could never do what she did....she ran marathons all around the world, then half marathons and then needed new knees!
Still working in my chosen profession I know the joy it brings and the energy it consumes...and I am not running anywhere leave alone marathons!
Madge was invincible....made friends with other runners, got letters of support from all those whose path she crossed....she was quite a woman....her point made!
Sadly she died a few years ago but the world was a better place for having had her in it. I hope she's resting in peace having risen in glory.