IF ever there was a shining example that age is no barrier, Ray Matthews is certainly that.
The inspirational pensioner completed 75 marathons in as many days to celebrate his 75th birthday.
He is now hoping to encourage others to lace up their running shoes and take part in the first-ever Rotherham Love Later 5km Run around Clifton Park later this year.
The event has been organised by charity Age UK Rotherham, alongside Rotherham Harriers and Ray, who is now an ambassador for the charity.
Ray, of Maltby, said: “I am proud to be an ambassador and be involved with this team who are putting together the start of something amazing.
“By bringing the Love Later Life Run to Rotherham for the first time, we hope to encourage everyone to take part and not only take part but also encourage your family, friends and colleagues to enter.”
The event, on Sunday, May 7, will include a fun run — one lap around the park — at 10.30am followed by the 5km race — three laps of the park — at around 11.15am.
Steve Gaines, Rotherham Harriers’ club secretary, said: “We are pleased to help support Age UK Rotherham in organising the inaugural Love Later Life Run event.
“We want to make the event a big success for all participants, and to help the charity raise funds so they can continue to provide the valuable services to the community.”
Harworth Brass Band will also be at the event providing entertainment throughout the day.
Entry costs £6 per person for the 5km race and £3 per person for the fun run, if booked before April 16.
Places booked after this date will cost £8 for the 5km race and £4 for the fun run.
For more information or to download an entry form visit www.ageuk.org.uk/rotherham.
All proceeds will go to Age UK Rotherham.
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