Sir Christopher Chataway, who died today aged 82, said running "returned to be a friendly codger" in his old age after acting as a tormentor in his younger days.
Speaking about taking part in the Great North Run at almost 80-years-old, Sir Christopher said at the time: "I sometimes think that running, which was a sort of tormentor in my youth, has returned to be a friendly codger in my old age - that what was Joe Stalin has turned into Dixon of Dock Green."
He is survived by his sons Mark, Matthew, Adam, Charles, Ben, his daughter Joanna, his wife Carola and his former wife Anna.
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