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Martin is marathon mad

VETERAN runner Martin Baker would love to go back to New York after his return to racing raised £326 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

VETERAN runner Martin Baker would love to go back to New York after his return to racing raised £326 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Bus driver Martin, aged 57, from Shirley, has run all over the world in aid of the charity - so much so that he wrecked both his knees.

Revitalised after knee operations in 2008, he returned to the road and did the Birmingham Half Marathon in October in one hour 44 minutes - his personal best.

Mr Baker, who works nights on the 900 route for National Express West Midlands, is also a cycling coach at local primary schools in Solihull.

He said: “It went like a dream and was a great day.

“I would absolutely love to do the New York marathon again, I did it in 1998.

“I really enjoyed it, the experience of running through the five different boroughs and seeing the differences of each one - the setting and the atmosphere. But it might be 2012 before I can do that.”

He added: “I want to raise awareness of dementia. My mum had Alzheimer’s which had a devastating impact on the family. It is a terribly cruel disease.

“I watched her go from a perfectly healthy woman to a complete stranger.

“I want to help raise funds and highlight the vital support the Alzheimer’s Society gives to people with dementia and their families.”

Martin is married with a 15-year-old daughter, Francesca who goes to Light Hall school.

He ran the London marathon in 1997 and the Chicago marathon in 2000.

His wife Sue, a dinner lady at Tidbury Green school, said: “It keeps him really fit and I wish I was as slim - I couldn’t walk that far!”

To support the Alzheimer’s Society call Emma on 01384 295355.

 

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