Ely Marathon man Alex Watson, 77, to take on his last London challenge

Ely man Alex Watson finished his 10th and final London Marathon in an impressive time of six hours a

Ely man Alex Watson finished his 10th and final London Marathon in an impressive time of six hours and 11 minutes yesterday. - Credit: Archant

A 77-year-old man from Ely is to tackle his final London Marathon this weekend in aid of a charity that helped save his life.

Alex Watson is to travel to the capital to take on his tenth and final 26.2-mile challenge on Sunday in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, which helped him overcome the disease.

Alex has already raised over £1,880 for the charity, and his wife, Lynn, says their neighbours had a big part to play in raising such an impressive sum.

She said: “About five of our neighbours got together and we held a sale outside our house.

“We sold car boot sale items and refreshments and did really well so I’d just like to thank everyone for their support.”


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Lynn also admitted that she will be relieved to see Alex finally hang up his running shoes.

“I’ll be glad when it’s over!” she said.

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“He hasn’t ran one for the last five years but I’m sure it’ll be a good day.”

The race’s oldest runner is 83-year-old Kenneth Jones, from Strabane in Northern Ireland.

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