Day 29 – A tribute one of the great [fun] runners of our time ;-)

You guessed it, the butt of many a joke and a huge number of impersonations. The guy who fixed it for many a kid of my generation and beyond. The legend you could hear jangling from some distance away, Sir Jimmy Savile OBE sadly passed away just a few days ago.

Now, I say this because I had little idea about the man, aside from his image and all the jokes made of him until today. I knew he was famous for running marathons and for fundraising, but I didn’t have any idea of the scale of his success.

In 1981 he first ran the London marathon and his last was at the ripe old age of 79, just five years ago. If I can run a marathon at 79, I’ll think myself a very lucky man!

But that’s not the best of it. In his life he managed to raise a colossal £40 million for charity. The sheer scale of this is mind boggling don’t you think?

All this from a man famous for wearing shiny gold shell suits, jingly jangly jewellery and running with a cigar in his mouth. Legend!

In honour I dug out the most garish attire I could for my run today. I don’t happen to own a shiny gold shell suit would you believe so had to make do with some new Skins running tights with bright yellow seams down them. I hope Jimmy would have been proud ;-)

Jangle on Jimmy!

Andy.

Today’s shoes: Silver and Yellow Kayano 17s
Mileage today: 8.68
Training mileage so far: 168.33
Marathon mileage so far: 26.25


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