Bernard set for marathon effort

Bernard Gofton, of Brooklands, Filey, who at the age of 75, is doing his first Great North Run.  Pictures by Andrew Higgins 113623a   06/09/11
Bernard Gofton, of Brooklands, Filey, who at the age of 75, is doing his first Great North Run. Pictures by Andrew Higgins 113623a 06/09/11
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A SUPER-FIT Filey pensioner is getting ready to take part in a gruelling half-marathon to raise money in memory of his wife.

Bernard Gofton, 75, from Brooklands, will be lining up alongside around 50,000 participants in the Great North Run next Sunday to remember his late wife Jean, who passed away last year after a brave battle with cancer.

However, the plucky pensioner admitted he might face some tough competition in the marathon as he hasn’t took part in a race for more than 60 years.

He said: “The last time I done anything like this was probably when I was in school, when I took part in the cross country.

“I think I finished about 23rd, which was pretty good.

“However, I don’t think I’ll do that well this time.”

Mr Gofton admits that due to his age, running the 13 mile course from Newcastle to South Shields will be the last thing on his mind.

However, the determined pensioner insists he will finish the course, and has been going on ten mile walks as part of his training regime.

Mr Gofton is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, and has so far raised £700.

He has been doing collections in supermarkets, as well as hosting a table top sale and a quiz night, and is getting ever close to his dream £1,000 target.

He added: “I’m hoping to raise £1,000 all together, and if I could get that I would be very happy.

“It would be lovely to raise that much for Macmillan.

“They do a wonderful job, and I couldn’t think of a more appropriate charity.”