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Thursday 2 October 2014

Supergran (89) makes marathon effort with her long run

Tom Ryan

Published 04/05/2014 | 02:30

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Maureen Armstrong (89) -who will be running in this year's Women's Mini Marathon - is pictured training near her home in Gortahoola, Co Tipperary. Photo: Tony Gavin
Maureen Armstrong (89) - who will be running in this year's Women's Mini Marathon - is pictured training near her home in Gortahoola, Co Tipperary. Photo: Tony Gavin
Maureen Armstrong (89) - who will be running in this year's Women's Mini Marathon - is pictured in her kitchen in Gortahoola, Co Tipperary. Photo: Tony Gavin
Maureen Armstrong (89) - who will be running in this year's Women's Mini Marathon - is pictured in her kitchen in Gortahoola, Co Tipperary. Photo: Tony Gavin

AN 89-year-old granny is defying her age and limbering up to take part in the 10km Dublin Women's Mini-Marathon on June 2.

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Maureen Armstrong enjoys a remarkable lifestyle for a woman her age.

This will be her 20th time taking part in the Dublin event and she has also taken part in mini-marathons in her native Co Tipperary.

Maureen told the Sunday Independent: "I'm very fit and healthy and I like to walk about three miles every day. I stroll up and down the road, saying my prayers as I go. I don't drink or smoke, and I take aloe vera every day.

"With the recession, it's very important for people to get out and exercise. It's free and healthy and good for the body."

But she doesn't bother with diets, and eats whatever she wants.

"I'm a light feeder and I am only eight-and-a-half stone. I like raising funds for the Irish Cancer Society. So many people have cancer, young and old, and it's great to be able to help them."

Maureen also keeps in shape by dancing, and she and her daughter Martina trip the light fantastic every fortnight at the Tea Dance in Drombane Hall near Thurles.

At 89, Maureen is believed to be the oldest participant in the Women's Mini-Marathon. But she may very well be the youngest at heart too.

Sunday Independent

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