from the London Marathon start line by BBC - Ken Jones is featured see
Get Inspired: Inspirational stories from the London
Marathon start line
'Running is essential for a long and happy life'
Marathon motivation: 82-year-old Ken Jones has run every single London Marathon
from the first one in 1981. He likes to inspire the older generation to run and
stay healthy. He makes a point of running the race slow enough to talk to as
many people as he can along the way.
Ken grew up in London and was evacuated during the war as a child. He was in and
out of hospital as a youngster, and didn't take up running until he joined the
army at 18.
Ken says: "I am passionate about running, and want everyone to get out there. I
believe it's essential for a long and happy life."
Target time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Ken's leg was on 6 June 2012
To all Everpresents Guys
I believe the reason why that I did not appear on the BBC
coverage was that a woman attempted to grab the torch and the Relay Team did not
want to show it, to stop any further attempts. The Police guys prevented her
from actually getting to me.
The whole town of Strabane in Northern Ireland, where we
live, came and supported the relay. Huge crowds all the way. On the Torch
Bearers coach, we cheered and waved the whole time and we all made lots of new
friends amongst each other. Some had remarkable stories to tell of why they were
nominated. One young lady who light my torch had given a kidney to her father.
There were so many stories to tell it would take all day.
One of the best days of my life (thank you Roger Low for
Thank you Olympic Relay Team for doing such a difficult
job so very well. The Police guys were 1st Class. Every one of the people in the
Team make us very welcome and make it one of the best days of our lives.
Thank you from all of the Torch Bearers on the coach from
Derry to Sion Mills, we all had a truly wonderful day, memorable time THANK YOU.
Ken Jones, Orion harriers
Jeffrey Gordon carried the torch on Monday 23 July
2012, the same day as
Bill O'connor also carried, his stint was
Wednesday 25 July 2012. 2-07-12
Ken came a cropper at the 23 mile
mark during the 2010 race... he looks a lot better now!