Elsie’s 10K effort – aged 94!

If you’ve ever thought you couldn’t take part in a run, or 10K is ‘too far’, then think again …

At 94 years young, Elsie Illingsworth knows age is no barrier and is getting ready to tackle the Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K on Sunday 2nd April. 

At just six years off her century, Elsie is one of our oldest ever entrants.

Taking part in her wheelchair, Elsie is raising money for Age UK Lincoln and Kesteven.

Elsie has been attending the Eccleshare Court Day Centre for over 10 years and will be supported in her efforts by a team of five carers: Julie Bush, Linda Bunn, Claire Willows, Lara Kelly and Laura Roberts.

Speaking to the Lincolnite, Elsie said: “I love to get involved”.


To sponsor Elsie, you can click here.

A spokesperson for Age UK said: “Elsie is a huge inspiration to all of us; who at 94 is embarking on the race in her wheelchair with the support of our carers. She is proving that with support you can achieve anything. From small tasks to remaining independent in your own home or completing a 10k! Our services are here to make older people #lovelaterlife.”

Elsie won’t be the only over very senior citizen taking part in this year’s Lincoln 10K.

Firm favourite Gladys Tingle will be back for her umpteenth turn at her local run.

Gladys, from Horncastle, will be 86 on race day and will be once more supporting the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, for which she has raised thousands.