Geoff Oliver, 85, sets new world record for endurance run

85-year-old sets new world record for endurance run

23/09/2018 at 16:38Updated 23/09/2018 at 18:25

An 85-year-old man has set a new world record in his age group for endurance running.

Geoff Oliver, of Hinckley Running Club, logged the record in Tooting by running over 77 miles in the space of 24 hours.

He set his first world record at the age of 65 - having only begun running competitively in his 50s - and in 2009 broke four national and two world records at a single event, the Self-Transcendence 24-Hour Race at the south London venue.

In 2010, Oliver told Runners' World: "Most of the new runners seem to prefer distances under 10 miles, which is a shame because ultra-running teaches you the perfect mixture of physical and psychological control."