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Marathon man 'Oggie' still pounding the roads

Eugene ‘Oggie’ Winters shows off some of his medals from his marathon running exploits
Eugene ‘Oggie’ Winters shows off some of his medals from his marathon running exploits
Claire McNeilly

By Claire McNeilly

He's 61 years old and he just can't stop running marathons.

Eugene 'Oggie' Winters is living proof that you can achieve wonders in the world of running no matter what age you start.

The Portstewart man was 55 when he put on his long distance running shoes for the first time during the 2012 Belfast marathon.

Having caught the running bug quickly, Oggie, as he is known in the marathon world, set himself a selection of goals and has now beaten every one of them.

Before turning 60 last May, he had completed 300 marathons in just 270 weeks - seven months ahead of his target of 300 in 300 weeks.

Oggie had wanted to set a world record for the oldest person (60+) to finish the most marathons in a sub four-hour time but that wasn't possible.

He explained: "I did 61 sub four-hour marathons but, sadly, when I made the application it was turned down because they do not set age group categories".

Oggie's next challenge is to complete 500 marathons within 500 weeks of his first ever 26.2-mile endeavour in Belfast seven years ago.

To date, he has managed to clock up 464 marathons in 356 weeks and he hopes to hit number 470 at this year's Belfast event.

For anyone considering running a marathon for the first time, his advice is simple: "Please go for it, you will never forget it after crossing the finish line."

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