How keeping fit taught me that growing older needn’t mean slowing down
By Edwina Brocklesby
An inspiring and entertaining guide to staying healthy in older age by a 75 year-old triathlete.
At the age of 50, Eddie Brocklesby decided to run her first half marathon. Until that point, she'd done little running, and her exercise regime consisted of little more than chauffeuring her children to their own sports clubs. In common with so many people, any interest she'd shown in sport in her childhood had diminished as her adult life progressed, with spare time becoming ever more limited in the face of work and family commitments.
But the half marathon was the first of what was to become a hugely impressive trajectory of sporting accolades and successes. After that event, and following the loss of her husband of thirty years to cancer, she completed a marathon. Now 75 years old, the past twenty years has seen Eddie take part in marathons, triathlons and Ironman races across the globe and she has accrued many medals and awards.
In Irongran, Eddie looks back on her life and explains just how she's managed to develop the energy to match the enthusiasm she's always had for an active lifestyle. She shares the difficulties she's experienced in her sporting endeavours, and explains how she's managed to overcome them. Eddie is passionate about the health and wellbeing of our ageing population and provides up to date research about why keeping active in later years is so important, along with guidance about how to remain full of life in your later years.
Eddie Brocklesby is the oldest British woman to have completed an Ironman triathlon, at the age of 74. She has spent the last twenty years taking part in marathons, triathlons and Ironman races across the globe, has represented GB in many European and World triathlon and duathlon championships, and cycled in a relay of over 3000 miles across America.
Eddie is passionate about the fitness of our ageing population, and founded the charity Silverfit in 2013 to organise fitness classes for older people. The charity and Eddie's sporting achievements have garnered much national attention in the media.
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05 Apr 2018
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