At the age of 50, Edwina Brocklesby decided to run her first half-marathon. At 75 she is still going and is an inspiration to the 11.5m people in Britain who are over 65.

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.

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 her book, Irongran, published in 2018, 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 a population which is living longer 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.

In 2013 Eddie founded Silverfit to promote lifelong fitness. Through Silverfit she hopes to help the older population to find a way to take regular exercise that they enjoy, thus reducing the costs of Britain’s ageing population and helping members to live life to the full; independently and happily. 

"If I can start to run at 50 and become the oldest British woman to complete an Ironman, everyone should realise it's never too late"

Eddie Brocklesby

Eddie talking about Silverfit

Inspiritational stuff!

You can find out more about Silverfit here.

You can buy Eddie's book here.


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