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Monday, 14 January 2008

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Buster takes a breather on the Thames Embankment

A spritely 101 year old is going to run in The London Marathon this year and is already training in preparation for it. He can actually bend over and tie his laces in his Nike trainers.

Buster Martin, from Peckham and one time stuntman for 'Uncle Albert' in 'Only Fools and Horses' hopes to complete the course in 12 hours. When most people have long since retired, Mr Martin continues to keep in trim by waxing and polishing vans at a local garage. He does it to maintain his 40-a-day habit of cigarettes and a pint or two of ale.

Buster told In Seine News;

"I feel great and although I did seek sponsorship from Rothmans and John Player, this was against the rules and so I am hoping to do it for charity instead. This is my first marathon, although I have been on the run for a long time; it all started when I was a young lad -in 1930 I stole 40 Capstan Navy Full Strength and the Village Bobby chased me on his pursuit bike. Obviously he didn't catch me!"

Mr Martin admitted to stealing a crate of syrup of figs from Boots the Chemist to keep him on the run for the duration.

"Is that cheating?" he asked.

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