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I first started running in 1983, when at 38 I realised that I was pretty unfit. I've nearly always trained alone. I did my first proper race in 1985 - a 10K. I did a couple of Half-M's, and then the Dublin Marathon at age 50. From then my running was erratic until the end of 2007 when I started running regularly again on a small scale. I'm now 75 - which sounds very old!
On 7th October 2010 I achieved 2 targets (PTL) - sub 24 minute 5k and a WAVA over 70%; in fact I did the 5k in 23:26 and got WAVA score 70.93%.
Since June 2011 I had a problem in left leg with acute pain at times, finally diagnosed as Spinal Stenosis, which has greatly affected my performance. In 2016 I got back a little of my former running fitness. On April 30th I recorded my best parkrun to date, 26:08 - WAVA score of 67.44%, which was my best WAVA for 5 or 6 years. Eventually I hope to achieve a 70% WAVA again, if only through age!
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