A 88-year-old fitness fan is set to be the oldest runner in the London marathon.
Iva Barr first ran the 26.2 mile course in 1982 and Sunday’s race will mark the 20th times she has completed the course.
Since taking up the sport she’s never looked back and is already planning on completing the course in two years time, when she will be 90 years old.
The former nursery nurse said: “I just love doing the London Marathon. It’s like being at the centre of a big street party.
“Training has not been so good this year.
“I had a fall and hurt my shoulder and then got that injured shoulder bumped again by someone when I was on a run. But one way or another I will get round again.”
Iva took up running aged 55 because she was a passionate walker, often rambling for 20 miles at a weekend.
She has used her love of the sport to raise more than £10,000 for charity over the past 30 years.
Her achievements have not gone unnoticed and have even caught the attention of the Prime Minister.
He awarded her with a Point of Light award for her achievements last year.
She is using this year’s race to raise money for disabled children’s charity Whizz-Kidz which helps transform the lives of children in need.
She said: “It was an unbelievable honour. I’m so grateful for the support I have from everyone, from those at home when I’m out on training runs to the spectators on the day.
“There are always so many people wishing me well on the roadside and I always make a point of stopping to talk to the children from the Whizz-Kidz charity who are usually watching at mile 22.
“I love running for them.”
Iva has never owned a car and walks everywhere. As well as running she also volunteers at a hospice for people with life limiting conditions.
She is also an active member of her local running club, the Bedford Harriers Athletics Club.
Before retiring she worked as a classroom assistant at a lower school in Bedford.
The oldest person ever to compete in the London marathon was Fauja Singh who completed the course in 2004 aged 93,