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London's oldest marathon runner, John Starbrook, completes course for the 32nd time

If you're still in two minds about whether or not to run next year's marathon, here's a man who may just give you that final bit of motivation.

John Starbrook running the London Marathon Credit: Age UK

Aged 87, John Starbrook was the oldest competitor on Sunday's course getting round in 8 hours and 21 minutes. It was his 32nd London Marathon.

John Starbrook coping with the rising temperatures Credit: Age UK

John, who began running for Age UK back in the 1980s when he was aged 53, has raised an incredible amount since then - more than £40,000.

John Starbrook still manages a smile during his 32nd London Marathon

Speaking to ITV News, John said:

I quite enjoy doing the London Marathon - it's a good atmosphere and the crowd pulls you around. So it's really encouraging.

The hardest part of the course on London is about 18 miles - you work it our in your head, you've then got eight miles to do.

When you're training you usually train about eight to ten miles and you know that - you think I've got to do now a training run.

So you've got eight miles to do and that's the hardest bit then.

– John Starbrook

Watch John's interview in full below

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We’re so honoured to have John running for us - he’s a huge inspiration. Keeping active in older age is so important and John is doing just that.

Age UK helps make lives better for older people in all sorts of ways. The Charity provides essential information and advice, and supports vital services such as friendly telephone calls, weekly visits and social activities.

When an older person has nowhere to turn to for friendship and support the Age UK network offers advice and the chance to get out and about in the local community, all of which play a crucial part in helping make later life better.

– Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK