Villager first to represent charity in London Marathon

JPCT 220413 Roy Redford aged 84. Was first man to run for the Salvation Army in the London Marathon 15 years ago. Photo by Derek Martin

JPCT 220413 Roy Redford aged 84. Was first man to run for the Salvation Army in the London Marathon 15 years ago. Photo by Derek Martin

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A veteran marathon runner said he was ‘surprised’ to hear on the radio that he was the first person to represent The Salvation Army in the London Marathon.

Pulborough resident Roy Redford has since retired from marathons, but the 84-year-old who has ran for charities all over the world thought it was ‘terrific’ to learn that he was the first runner to raise money for The Salvation Army at the London Marathon 15 years ago.

“I was listening to the radio and a representative from the charity said that I was the first to run for them in the marathon and paved the way for others, I hadn’t realised so I was surprised,” Mr Redford said.

Having taken part in 53 marathons globally including Rome, Berlin and New York, Mr Redford has represented the Christian charity several times.

“My parents were great believers in The Salvation Army.

“I’ve been running since I was 60 and thought it was time to run for them.

Running a total of 1100 miles and raising £190,000, Mr Redford imparts some advise for novice runners.

“Do it. It’s such a marvellous thing to do.”