Keith certain to put in a dogged effort

IT was 23 years ago that energetic Keith Minton first crossed the finish line of the Great North Run.

IT was 23 years ago that energetic Keith Minton first crossed the finish line of the Great North Run.

Back then he ran with his two sons and notched up a time of 2hrs 30mins.

But now the 67-year-old is back on track again proving you’re never too old to take part.

In just under three weeks the father-of-three, from Edgewell Grange, Prudhoe, Northumberland, will put his best foot forward on the world’s biggest half marathon and he will be running in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind after being inspired by their good work.

He said: “I have always followed the Great North Run and have been thinking about taking part again for some time because I’m still very active.

“I’m running for Guide Dogs because we’ve always had a dog and I’m very fond of them, I think they are good animals.

“I have a problem with one of my retinas so from that point of view I have to think about my future and it’s something I can identify with.

“When you have a weakness it makes you very sensitive, you can’t get away from your disability.”

As part of his training programme Mr Minton is often accompanied by his faithful pooch Scooby.

“I do a lot of dog walking and quite a lot of rushing around but I’m just going to take it easy.

“The last time I did it I think I trained too much and ended up with an injury.”

Mr Minton, who lives with wife Christine, 72, at their home in Edgewell Grange, made sure he was fit and healthy to run the 13.1-mile challenge from Newcastle to South Shields, on Sunday, September 30.

He added: “I think the biggest problem with older runners is their weight and heart.

“My heart has been declared OK and I’m not overweight for my age.

“If you suffer from a weight problem or high blood pressure then you should really get checked out before starting to train.”

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