Pensioner Roy set to run in annual 5k race

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Active OAP 70-year-old Roy Oldershaw is gearing up to take part in the Bramcote 5k run this Friday after his success last year.

Roy, from Stapleford, has become a regular competitor at some of Broxtowe sporting events including the Bramcote 2k fun run, the Bramcote 5k and Chilwell Santa dash. He also attends the low impact fitness classes at Bramcote Leisure Centre.

Roy is looking forward to the event this week to celebrate how far he has come since a fall in 2010, where he broke his hip in four places.

He said: “I’m looking forward to it. I’m hoping to compete in less time than last year.

“I’ve asked one or two in the gym to join me, but they said I’m a fool. I’m not a fool, I can do it and I want to.

“It is good fun and keeps me fit.”

Roy got back into exercise after his fall when he was referred to the council’s exercise referral scheme where he started exercising to strengthen his muscles and increase his fitness.

The race takes place on Friday, April 22, from 6.30pm following paths, trails and grass around the beautiful scenery at the award winning Bramcote Hills Park.

The race is expected to attract over 200 people from the Borough of Broxtowe and beyond.