- 85-year-old runner Ian Barnes has set a new British mile record for over 85’s.
- The runner, who lives in Darlington, recorded a time of eight minutes 10.40 seconds.
Kudos is in order for Ian Barnes, who broke the over-85’s British mile record on Saturday 10 October. Running in a race against seven other runners at the Eastbourne athletics track, Barnes crossed in the line in eight minutes and 10.40 seconds. British Masters have recognised Barnes’ run as an official record for his age group.
The retired legal executive is joint president of Darlington Harriers running club. He also helps coordinate the Darlington parkrun, which takes place in South Park. Barnes turns 86 in December and started running in his twenties.
Speaking after the race, Barnes said, ‘I’m very pleased with that. I expected to do about nine minutes.’
When asked why he still chooses to race at his age, Barnes said, ‘Well I enjoy it I suppose. It gets the adrenaline going. You have your highs and lows of course and it’s great to keep fit.
‘It can be hard work training in the winter months but, once you get going, the weather’s not that bad really. You don’t have to give up sport – age doesn’t have to be a cut-off point or a barrier.’
Barnes was only four seconds off the 1500-meter record for over-85 year olds, so hopefully we will see him back on the track again soon!
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