Framlingham shop owner Bill aims to run quicker London Marathon, aged 63

Bill Bulstrode is running his second marathon

Bill Bulstrode is running his second marathon

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For many people, completing your first London Marathon in your sixties would be enough of an achievement in itself – but Framlingham shop owner Bill Bulstrode has other ideas.

Finishing the 26.2-mile run in four hours, 58 minutes last year on his first attempt, Mr Bulstrode, now 63, is taking his second crack at the marathon in April, and aims to go even faster, in aid of children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

In 2016, he raised nearly £7,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society, and he said he was happy to run for “another good cause” in this year’s marathon.

“I just feel I could have done better than what I did on my first time,” said Mr Bulstrode, who runs Bulstrodes in Bridge Street, where he is also keeping a collection bucket.

“A lot of people are coming in and supporting me.”

He explained his experience at last year’s marathon meant he knew what to expect this time, but he is not sure this will make it any easier.

“I think that it might be harder,” he said.

“It will be tough at my age of almost 64. It will all depend on the day and the weather.

“I am out training most mornings around 6am prior to coming to work and am looking forward to the day.”

To support Mr Bulstrode’s cause, please go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/bill-bulstrode-SAVMLMBONDS3332017-86618732