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Olympic run - Jack Walters from Nottingham

Jack in training for his Olympic run Photo: ITV Central

At the age of 82, many people might be starting to think about taking it easy. Jack Walters, however, is preparing for an energetic weekend.

He will be one of five thousand people taking part in the National Lottery Olympic Park Run on Saturday, the first public event to be held at the brand new Olympic stadium.

Jack, who lives in Nottingham, has dedicated his life to running. He was originally a gymnast, but it was running that became his long term passion.

He took part in many events, and in 1952 became an official race timekeeper. Since then he has been a timekeeping official at thousands of running events.

For him, the excitement of being involved is still just as intense.

Jack was nominated for this weekend’s event in London by his son Phillip, who wanted his father’s lifelong dedication to running to be recognised.

Despite his age, Jack still runs regularly and says he has no intention of stopping.

His trip to London on Saturday also has an extra special significance.

Jack was unable to visit the Olympic stadium the last time the games came to London in 1948 because he was running for the army in the Middle East.

Now, 64 years on, he will finally be able to realise his dream.

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