Les, 85, the oldest to go the distance

THE oldest person to take part in Miles for Men was 85-year-old cancer patient Les Weatherall.

He was the last person to step over the finish line, in a very respectable one hour and four minutes and to deafening cheers from the crowd.

Last to finish was pensioner Les Weatherall.

Last to finish was pensioner Les Weatherall.

Les has undergone around 40 operations in the past 14 years, having been diagnosed with bowel and prostate cancer and the disease also destroyed his left kidney.

The former long distance runner had beaten himself up that he hadn’t managed to make it around the full 5k course, but the crowds still hailed Les a hero for just being there.

Les, who lives at Wynyard Woods Care Home, in Wynyard Village, but is originally from Acklam in Middlesbrough, took part last year finishing in 59 minutes, telling the Mail then that his consultant said the only reason he was still here was because he is so fit.

Les, who was helped by care home maintenance worker Andy Metcalfe and care assistant Natalie Aston, who is also a Miles for Men organiser, said this year: “I feel top of the pops.

“I used to be a long distance runner, but I damaged my ankle and knee on the left side due to too much roadwork.

“I’ve been in and out of hospital for 14 years.”

Les says he has decided not to have any more treatment, but vowed: “I will be back next year.”