Marathon man to go the distance with Games torch

Keith Tyler - Olympic Torchbearer from North Kelsey Moor
Keith Tyler - Olympic Torchbearer from North Kelsey Moor
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WITH 33 international marathons behind him, running a few miles through the Lincolnshire countryside next year will not be a great strain for Keith Tyler – but this time he’ll have the Olympic torch in his hand.

The 65-year-old from North Kelsey Moor has raised thousands of pounds for children’s charities over the years, including Dreams Come True, Whizz Kidz and Children with Leukaemia.

He has now been given the honour of being one of the few people to carry the Olympic flame through our county.

He said: “Carrying the Olympic Torch has always been a dream of mine and I will be looking forward to the honour so much on June 26, as the torch makes its way into Cleethorpes.

“It will also mark a unique double for me, as I also had the honour of carrying the Queen’s Message inside the Commonwealth Games Baton when it made its way into Grimsby in 2002 for the Manchester Games.”

Despite turning 65 earlier this month, Mr Tyler, who has also completed a ten-mile sponsored swim, a 205-mile 12-hour non-stop cycle ride and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro twice, has not finish his fundraising escapades yet.

He added: “I am far from done yet in raising more money for charity and I am already entered in the Paris Marathon next April.”

In 2012 the Market Rasen Mail will be teaming up with St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice and announcing it as the newspaper’s charity of the year.

So if you have a fundraising event coming up call us on 01673 844644.