Leeds pensioner completes endurance race in wedding suit

Roger Barton. PIC: Gerard Binks
Roger Barton. PIC: Gerard Binks
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KEEP on running – that’s the inspirational motto of superfit 72-year-old Roger Barton.

Roger, from Pudsey, became the oldest ever competitor in a gruelling race called Pain Barrier on Saturday.

The retired lecturer was among a field of more than 600 people who tackled the 10km event at Parkwood, Tong.

He made it around a course that included muddy tracks, ponds, hills and ravines in just under two hours 20 minutes, raising hundreds of pounds for the Stroke Assocation.

And Roger wasn’t hard to spot during the race thanks to his decision to run in full wedding suit complete with shirt, tie, waistcoat and even a top hat.

The father-of-one told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It was enjoyable and horrendous all at the same time.

“I decided to run in the wedding suit because I wanted to raise the profile of the Stroke Association.

“I managed to keep hold of my hat all the way round – even when a marshal had to pull me out of a swamp!” Roger has been a keen runner for a number of years, completing 11 marathons as well as many more half-marathons and other endurance events.

His efforts in Saturday’s race have been saluted by Stroke Association regional fundraiser Jo Beverley.

Jo said: “With the help of people like Roger, the Stroke Association can continue to support stroke survivors and their families across Yorkshire and the Humber.”

To back Roger’s fundraising, visit the www.justgiving.com/roger-bartondoespainbarrier web page.

For more details about the Stroke Association’s work, go to: www.stroke.org.uk

GOOD CAUSE TO SUPPORT

STROKES happen when the blood supply to a person’s brain is cut off.

They are the leading cause of severe adult disability in the UK, with more than 1.2 million people living with their effects.

The Stroke Association works directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers.

It campaigns to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. The charity also helps to fund vital research.

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