72-years-young retired policeman and grandad of four Geoff Thornes will return for the Asda Foundation Hull Half Marathon in 2019.
72-years-young running icon Geoff Thornes has announced that he will be returning for the Asda Foundation Hull Half Marathon for 2019.
Having already completed Hull Half Marathon earlier this year, the grandfather of four is putting his younger generation to shame.
In June this year, he managed to complete the 13.2-mile challenge in an impressive time of 1 hour 55 minutes and 1 second.
Speaking about his 2018 Hull Half Marathon, Geoff remarked: “I managed to win my age group which was nice. It was not as fast as my 1 hour 19 minutes and 4 seconds half marathon time in the 1970's – but not bad for a 71-year-old.”
Geoff remembers this year’s June event fondly: “It was a great day, great race, with great crowds, a great course and fabulous Run for All organisation.
“The course was nice and flat taking in a lot of the city. I would have liked to have run it in my younger days – it is certainly a PB course.”
Geoff’s half marathon grabbed the headlines earlier this year as the public endeared themselves to the running enthusiast.
In reaction to the media attention, Geoff said: “The media coverage I received was unbelievable with BBC Radio Humberside and BBC Look North news featuring me.
“I got some strange looks being fitted by the BBC with a body camera to film my progress in the race -another first for me.
“I certainly felt like a celebrity and now have an inkling of what the top athletes deal with media wise. It was a great experience and one that I will never forget.”
Now in the public and eye and a social media sensation on Twitter, much of the East Yorkshire running community follow Geoff for information on his training and races. So when the news arouse that the Hull Half Marathon would be taking place in 2019, the question had to be asked: ‘will Geoff be running?’
A question to which Geoff replied: “Will I be back for the Hull Running Festival Half Marathon in 2019? You bet I will!”
Runners can now enter the Hull Half Marathon at a discounted price of £25* and Hull 10K at £20* until Monday midnight (plus processing fees).