86-year-old great grandad to run half marathon in Milton Keynes to help women with breast cancer
A remarkable 86-year-old has vowed to raise cash for a charity close to his heart by running the MK half marathon.
Brian Hird suffered a heart attack four years ago and afterwards joined the MK-based Redway Runners to keep fit.
Since then he is a regular participant in Park Runs and training sessions all over the area.
"At first I was quite slow and I didn't think anyone would want to run with me. But then this lady called Lorraine Brookman offered to be my running partner and we've never look back since," he said.
Last year Lorraine was diagnosed with breast cancer and has since undergone chemotherapy and surgery.
"She is doing well, but I wanted to do something to help," said Brian.
He has set up a fundraising page for his half marathon run, which will be carried out virtually on May 1, and aims to raise £150 for the Breast Cancer Now charity.
"It's my first half-marathon since I had the heart attack. I've done 5K and 10/k runs, but I'm determined to do this. It may not be the best time, but I'll finish... At the age of 86 this is no small feat," he said.
Afterwards Brian will focus on his next ambition - completing the Great North Run half marathon in September.
Meanwhile Lorraine is hoping to return to running by the end of the year.
"I'm looking forward to having my running partner back," said Brian, who lives in Deanshanger and was a mechanic specialising in Rolls Royce and Aston Martin cars before he retired.
You can view his fundraising page here.