The fastest pensioner on two legs

Raymond Hall of Halifax Harriers
Raymond Hall of Halifax Harriers
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A super-fit pensioner has set the fastest race time in the country this year.

Raymond Hall, 65, is officially the quickest man of his age. He completed a 20-mile race in Lancaster last weekend in 2 hours, 19 minutes and 18 seconds.

It’s the third record he has broken this year, having set the quickest half marathon time in January (1:29:24) and the best time over 10 miles in February (1:06:59).

Raymond – treasurer of Halifax Harriers running club – only took up running at 53.

“I hadn’t done any running at all until I joined the Harriers, but as the years have gone I’ve become addicted,” said Raymond, of Queensbury.

“I found you get back what you put in. My strong points are longer races because of my build. I’m slight and that’s ideal for longer distance.

“The time I set in Lancaster is not as fast as the time I set two years ago (2:15:34) so I’m getting slower as I get older.”

Despite that, Raymond was also quicker than anybody in the over 60 and over 55 categories last weekend.

“I can only beat the people who turn up to run,” he said. “I wouldn’t normally expect to beat someone 10 years younger.”

Best

Halifax Harriers have enjoyed huge success and were crowned the UK’s best running club in 2009.

“It’s a nice friendly club and we were delighted to be voted the best out of the 1,500 in the country,” he said.

“We have 550 members, aged from under 12 to 80, from beginners to elite runners. We always welcome new members.”

Raymond’s advice for anyone who thinks they are too old?

“You’re never too old,We had a new member start who was 66.”

Have you broken any records this year? Email yoursay@ halifaxcourier.co.uk.