72-year-old woman wins rare prize for running six marathons across the world

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 December 2017

Sue Nicholls.

Sue Nicholls.

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A Burnham-on-Sea woman has scooped a rare prize after running all six of the world’s leading marathons.

Sue Nicholls has now completed the London, Tokyo, Boston, Chicago, New York City and Berlin marathons, which saw her qualify for the special award.

The achievement is made even more remarkable given the fact that Sue only took up running nine years ago, at the age of 63.

Sue, who is now 72 years old, has completed 13 marathons and is currently training for the Great Wall of China marathon, widely considered to be one of the toughest courses in the world.

The Six Star Finishers medal is awarded to non-elite athletes who finish the world’s top races.

Speaking about her achievements, Sue said: “I enjoy running, it keeps you fit and active, which is so important to living a healthy life.

“I started running after my husband, Cliff, died of cancer, so I wanted to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

“Running helped me in a sad period of my life, and I loved it so much that I continued to train for and compete in marathons.”

Sue’s achievements saw her named the country’s top 65+ female half-marathon athlete in 2013 by the world’s only weekly athletics magazine, Athletics Weekly.

Sue, of Naish Road, completed her last competitive run, at this year’s Berlin marathon, in four hours and 21 minutes.

She is also the captain of the Burnham Harriers running team, which organises running nights once a week in the Burnham area.

Tracey Benton, vice-captain of the Harriers, said: “I met Sue thorough the running club seven years ago – she continues to amaze me with all she achieves.

“She is a remarkable lady and one of the fastest runners in this country in the female age category.

“I’m proud to not only know her, but also to be able to run with her.”

Sue has proven that age is no barrier to personal achievement, and has no plans to hang up her trainers anytime soon.

She said: “Running 5,000 steps of the Great Wall of China in May will be an amazing experience.

“My two sons are also runners, and they will be coming to China with me to provide moral support, and enjoy a holiday too.

“I will also be running the London Marathon again next year, which I’m very much looking forward to.”

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