The Irongran

Edwina Brocklesby, 76

Meet our campaigners who want to change ageist stereotypes: The Irongran

For the last 50 years, Edwina has worked as a social worker, running an adoption agency at the same time as being a full-time mother to three children. After the death of her husband, she started taking up running at age 50, and has since taken part in marathons, triathlons and 7 global Ironman races. At 76 she is still going; “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.”

Her charity, SilverFit, which she founded in 2013 promotes lifelong fitness and believes we should be focusing on intergenerational activity more. Getting the grandchildren active is something she feels responsible for, and something that grandparents should encourage so she recommends going on jogs together or (as she does with two of her own) even triathlons. Her book, Irongran, explains just how she's managed to develop the energy to match the enthusiasm she's always had for an active lifestyle whilst sharing the difficulties she's experienced in her sporting endeavours, and how she's managed to overcome them.  

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