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John Dawson, aged 73, runs Windermere 10 in 10 marathon

As BBC Midlands Today discovered, John Dawson only started to run after a chance visit to the video store

A 73-year-old from south Staffordshire who has battled against a series of illnesses has taken on one of the toughest tests in running.

John Dawson, from Lichfield, is set to be the oldest competitor in the Brathay Trust's Windermere Marathon 10 in 10.

As suggested by its name, the race features 18 runners attempting to run 10 marathons on 10 consecutive days in May 2011.

John is familiar with marathons, having already completed 360.

First marathon

He ran his first marathon in 1993 following a heart attack. The ex-smoker has also lost an eye to cancer and suffered prostate problems.

Speaking to BBC Midlands Today, John said: "You need some kind of challenge. You only live once."

In March 2009, he ran an ultra marathon around the Berlin Wall to celebrate World Down's Syndrome Day - a distance of 156 kilometres (97 miles).

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