“I’m doing a Paula Radcliffe!”
So says 75-year-old run runner Marjorie Conroy, who is taking part in her 20th and final race tomorrow.
The former factory worker started running in the 1960s and entered the Blackpool 10k Fun Run for the first time not long after– which she completed in 63 minutes.
Since then her times may have slowed down but her enthusiasm hasn’t and she has already practised the route twice this year in anticipation of the event.
Marjorie, from Linden Place, Bispham, said: “I was introduced to running by a friend and we used to run around Stanley Park.
“I did the Fun Run for a few years after my first attempt but then I had kidney failure and I put it off for a while.
“When I started again I walked the course all the way.
“I was a long way behind but when I came over the line all my family had come over from Burnley to cheer me in!”
More than 1,000 people have entered for this year’s Beaverbrooks 10K, which is one of Trinity Hospice’s biggest fund-raising events of the year.
Marjorie said: “When I was working in the factory I used to get a lot of sponsors but these days I just make an extra donation with the entry fee and get some extra off my neighbours.
“I just do it for fun really, but I’ve always run the route in preparation a few times before the actual day so I’ve probably run it almost 100 times in reality!”
“This is definitely the last time, though, it’s time to let the young ones do it.
“I’ve got some great memories from running over the years but they used to have a lot of people wearing fancy dress but these days people definitely take it more seriously. There also used to be a lot more people watching so to anyone reading who lives in Blackpool I would say come out and support us like they do for the London marathon,
“We need cheering on.”
There is still time to enter the run, which starts tomorrow at 11am from the Hilton Hotel on Blackpool’s North Promenade.
A spokesman for the Hospice said: “People can of course enter on the day but they need to leave themselves plenty of time to register at the Hilton – it can get very busy on the morning of the race.”
To register go to www.trinityhospice.co.uk