Why growing older needn’t mean slowing down


At the age of 50, Edwina Brocklesby decided to run her first half marathon. Until that point, she’d done little running, and her exercise regime consisted of little more than chauffeuring her children to their own sports clubs.

After that event, and following the loss of her husband of thirty years to cancer, she completed a marathon. Now, 76 years old, the past twenty years has seen Eddie take part in marathons, triathlons and Ironman races across the globe and she has accrued many medals and awards.

Eddie helped to found Silverfit in 2013 a small charity promoting lifelong fitness and fun, raising awareness of the benefits of physical activity and social inclusion for the over 50s.

Silverfit is helping inactive older people to live life to the full, independently and happily and has expanded rapidly, providing weekly opportunities for physical activity in ten varied locations across London.

In episode 026 of The Retirement Café Podcast and in her book ‘Irongran’ Eddie explains how she became the UK’s oldest woman to complete an Iron-distance triathlon and how keeping fit taught her that growing older needn’t mean slowing down.


Useful links

Irongran book

Silverfit Charity

Silverfit Facebook page

Email Eddie

Serpentine Golden Girls – Race Across America website

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