David completes 50th marathon in 30 years

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Marathon man David Newton has achieved the remarkable feat of running his 50th 26-miler in 30 years.

The 64-year-old, who lives in Asfordby, completed the Ikano Robin Hood Marathon in Nottingham on Sunday in four hours and 50 minutes to reach the milestone.

It may be his last over the distance but he hasn’t ruled out doing another one.

David said: “I wanted to do my 50th marathon before I turn 65 in January so I’m really pleased to have done it.

“It doesn’t get any easier because I am getting older.”

David, who is retired after a long career working at Pedigree Petfoods in Melton, was a mere youngster of 34 when he did his first marathon.

And, coincidentally, that was in Nottingham as well.

He has raised thousands of pounds for different charities on the back of his runs.

“This marathon was in aid of Children with Cancer UK,” said David.

“When I’ve run the 26 miles each time I wanted somebody to benefit from it.”

He has had great support from his two sons and wife Dawn although she doesn’t run. David added: “I was a lot faster when I did my first few marathons.

“I never planned to do 50 - it just sort of happened.

“I’m not sure if I will do anymore but I will definitely keep running half-marathons and other runs because I enjoy it.”