Scarborough marathon man going strong at 67

Cancer survivor Neil Hawtin (67).
Cancer survivor Neil Hawtin (67).

A 67-YEAR-OLD northern suburbs resident who carried the Olympic torch in 2000 is running in the Melbourne Marathon on Sunday.

Neil Hawtin, who had his prostate removed due to cancer two years ago, has been running one-and-a-half hours a day to prepare for the 42.2km run on October 18.

“I’ve always enjoyed running. The only trophy I’ve won was at school in open cross country at 17 and that was 50 years ago,” the Scarborough resident said.

After entering the Perth Marathon in June and the City to Surf in August, Hawtin said running the distance at 67 was “just practise”.

Hawtin hopes to raise $720. To donate, visit http://melbournemarathon2015.gofundraise.|com.au/page/HawtinNeil.