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The UK’s most Over Active Pensioner (OAP)

by Press Release
Wednesday 27th May 2015
Tags  Over Active Pensioner   |   OAP   |   Phillip Howells
 
 

A 68-year-old ultra-marathon runner from Ledbury has been officially crowned as the UK’s most Over Active Pensioner (OAP)

Phillip Howells was selected for the coveted title in a public vote that saw him go up against a Himalayan mountain trekker, a transatlantic sailor, a Cornish triathlete and a scuba-diving ‘supergran’.

Despite tough competition from the other contestants, sprightly Phillip pipped the other finalists to the finishing post as a result of his impressive array of physical achievements, which include running 167 marathons to date, with a lifetime target of 333.

Most popular tasks in the first year of retirement:

  1. Going on foreign or UK travel
  2. Meeting friends for lunches
  3. Decorating the house           
  4. Buying a new car      
  5. Renovating the house          
  6. Taking up a new hobby
  7. Joining Facebook      
  8. Going on ‘road trips’ 
  9. Going on a cruise      
  10. Losing weight
  11. Visiting work colleagues
  12. Going on a luxurious holiday
  13. Buying a smaller house
  14. Getting a dog
  15. Getting a lesson in IT / internet
  16. Buying a bigger house          
  17. Moving nearer to the grandchildren          
  18. Joining Twitter
  19. Buying a holiday home        
  20. Buying a motorhome

A recent back operation and diagnosis with heart condition, atrial fibrillation (AF) has done little to slow Phillip down, and he has a further 10 marathons planned for this year alone. He also hopes to compete in an ultra-triathlon Ironman event by the time he is 70.

Phillip was one of five finalists shortlisted in the competition by Senior Railcard, which set out to demonstrate that over 60s were living more active lifestyles than ever before. It follows a survey which has found today’s average retiree enjoys a busy social life packed with days out, short breaks, holidays and shopping sprees.

The research also showed 70 per cent of retirees feel a lot younger than their actual age with the same amount saying retirement is far better than expected.

Phillip said: “I entered the Senior Railcard competition to try and show the public that over 60s can lead just as healthy and active lifestyles as the younger generation. I’ve always been a fitness enthusiast – it’s a huge part of my life, not only because I enjoy it, but also because I know that as I get older remaining active is proven to enhance quality of life. I hope that my story will inspire others to keep active, get out and about and enjoy life, no matter what their age.

“I’ve been completely overwhelmed with the fantastic response from the public, especially from my local community and fellow runners. The support has been truly phenomenal and I would like to thank everyone who voted for me to win.”

Andrew Robertson, from Senior Railcard, said: “Phillip was always a strong contender for the title of the UK’s most Over Active Pensioner, so it’s no surprise that the public have got behind him and voted for him to win the competition. We would like to thank Phillip, and the other finalists, for taking part in the competition and hope their stories show others that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.”

As well as taking home the prestigious title, Phillip will also win £600 worth of Virgin Experience vouchers to put towards his next active pursuit.

Senior Railcard offers a third off Standard and First Class train fares for people aged 60 plus. Further details can be found at www.senior-railcard.co.uk

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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