The Magnificent Seventy-Somethings

Great Britain

One man and one woman with 156 years and two half-marathons between them.

When it comes to opportunities to keep fit and give ourselves a work out, it’s amazing the excuses we can rustle up; ‘I’m not fit enough’, ‘that looks far too hard!’, or how about ‘I’m far too old for that sort of thing!’       

You might want to consider Tearfund fundraisers 79 year-old John and 77 year-old Meg Moseley. Together they recently completed the Bristol Half Marathon in support of Tearfund.      

Late starters

Both are latecomers when it comes to running. John was inspired to start when he went to watch his son in the London marathon a few years ago. ‘It wasn’t so much seeing my son, it was watching the people who were coming in eight hours afterwards. I said to Meg – “I think even I could do that! I could walk it probably.”’      

I want to hear God say to me 'well done good and faithful servant, you’ve finished the course.'

Meg Moseley

Although John was the practised runner, doing the Half Marathon was actually Meg’s idea. ‘I said to her “you must be joking!” But then I said, if you do it I’ll do it too, to support you.’       

Together they began preparing for the big run.     

‘It was hard,’ recalls Meg. ‘But I would go out and quote scripture to myself like “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” and “Those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.”  There were a few times that I can say I literally felt carried along, but John’s take on it was that the wind was at my back blowing me along!’    

The Moseleys display their medals
'Finishers' Meg and John proudly display their medals

The finishing line    

Whether it was divine strength or a prevailing wind, the couple managed to complete the course in a respectable 3hrs 3mins (John) and 3hrs 24 mins (Meg). ‘John came first and I came second in our age group, but actually I don’t think there was anyone else our age running!’     

They have already raised £3,300 from the run. Meanwhile a dinner in their honour, hosted by their neighbour – a talented Indian chef – looks to raise another £400 and the couple are daring to think they could nudge towards a total of £4,000 for Tearfund.     

Meg remembers letting out an impassioned ‘hallelujah’ when she crossed the finish line. However, there was one other big encouragement to follow.‘On our medals are the words ‘finisher’ and that meant something quite personal to me. When I finally meet him, I want to hear God say to me “well done good and faithful servant, you’ve finished the course.”’     

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Ben Cohen
Ben is Web Editor for Tearfund. This can sometimes feel a bit like being ‘senior hairstylist for Bigfoot’ but he does his best. He writes a bunch of stories for the website, regular emails to supporters and much more besides.