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25 April 2016

Epilepsy Society's 81 year old marathon runner returns to tennis courts day after completing race.

Epilepsy Society's 81-year-old marathon runner returns to tennis courts day after completing race.

81-year-old marathon runner Jennifer Barker was back on the tennis courts today after completing the 2016 London Marathon on Sunday in 7 hours and 21 minutes, proving it is never too late to take on the marathon and finish it.

While many other runners are no doubt nursing painful joints today, the sprightly grandmother has defied expectations and carried on admirably.  Jennifer was one of four octogenarians who took part, and ran the marathon with her daughter, Liz Kemsley, inspired by her grandson Luke who has had epilepsy since childhood.

Epilepsy Society would like to say a huge thank you to all our amazing runners in the 2016 London Marathon.

We are delighted to say that all 32 runners in Team Purple completed this year's London Marathon.

The fastest runner this year was Zac Peel who completed the run in 3 hours 28 minutes and 30 seconds, followed just six seconds later  by David Poole.

Epilepsy Society fundraising officer, Ben O'Keefe said: “We are all extremely proud of our 2016 London Marathon team. Whether it was aiming to finish under a certain time or simply aiming to finish, all of our runners put in hours and hours of hard work to train and make sure they were fit and ready to complete the marathon. They also put the same amount of effort into fundraising and we can’t thank them enough!”

A lot of our staff were there to support our runners and Graham Judge, sports coach at Epilepsy Society and also Veena Shah our part-time pharmacist helped to man the 24 mile drinking station. 


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