Roger (76) runs into the record books

veteran runner Roger Stark
veteran runner Roger Stark

A veteran athlete is set to give competitors less than half his age a run for their money at next month’s Glenrothes Road Running Festival.

Roger Stark (76) reckons he’s covered more than 100,000 miles since he took up running some 45 years ago.

He’s competed in marathons all over the world and has accumulated an impressive collection of medals.

This year he’s hoping to retain his over-70s title in the Glenrothes event - but admits he’s facing stiff competition from more and more 71-year-olds.

“I have to keep looking over my shoulder for the challenges from these youngsters with their age advantage,” he said.

Roger, a coach with Kinross Road Runners, hopes his participation might act as encouragement for even more older people to take part or even to think seriously about taking up running.

“Age should not be regarded as a barrier as this is a fantastic way to keep fit,” he said.

“Exercise like this can only add to the longevity of life in my opinion, so hopefully next year will see even more challengers taking part in the over-70’s event, helping the Glenrothes Road Running Festival grow in strength and stature at the same time.”

Based at the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre, the 2015 Road Running Festival will kick off on June 21 with a 2k Fun Run at 9.45 am .

This will be followed by the traditional Junior Track Jog for pre-school children, starting at 10.15, and the road race starts at 10.30am.

“I have run in London, Boston, Edinburgh and Glasgow amongst many other places, commented Roger.

“But I always enjoy the Glenrothes race – apart from anything else because it is easier to get home from to get my feet up for a wee rest.”