Half marathon PB for rap-loving Borders septuagenarian

72-year-old Liz Lisle from Kirk Yetholm finishes the Scottish Half Marathon yesterday.
72-year-old Liz Lisle from Kirk Yetholm finishes the Scottish Half Marathon yesterday.

A woman from Kirk Yetholm shaved around 10 minutes off her personal best finishing Sunday’s Scottish Half Marathon in East Lothian, in just over two hours and six minutes ... aged 72.

Former personal assistant at NHS Borders, Liz Lisle, also finished top of her over-70s females category, and was third in the over-70s overall.

Liz Lisle proudly displays her medal.

Liz Lisle proudly displays her medal.

She has only fairly recently got back into running, as well, after suffering from knee problems.

She told us: “I started running in my late 30s, mostly 10ks, but the problems with my knees meant I had to give it up and take on aerobics and spin.

“But when I was working at the hospital in my mid-60s, a group of us did a 10k for charity, and I got back into it.

“I live in a beautiful part of the country, and it’s lovely to get outdoors. And when you get older it gets more and more important to keep active and stay fit.”

Both of her sons, Martin and Chris, stay in Edinburgh, but Martin helped prepare her for the big race, by putting together a music playlist.

And what was she listening to over the course?

She said: “It’s probably not what people would suspect ... it’s all high-tempo stuff, mostly rap.”

Martin told us: “I was joking with her yesterday, saying that she should get on Instagram and become an “Influencer” and positive role model for others – she’s a bit of a social-media-phobe.

“She wasn’t so keen on that idea, but she did say that she’d really like to try and help do her bit to inspire others to get out there and keep active and feel the benefits.

“Having run a few fun-run 10k events with friends in her younger days, she didn’t really run at all until taking it up in recent years.

“She started slowly, doing her regular loop from Kirk Yetholm round Yetholm Mains and back via Town Yetholm – just over three miles.

“Now she’ll run up to 4 or 5 times a week – up to 11 miles in one go – but she’s just built up to that slowly, without any sort of strict training plan or anything like that.

“She just sticks her earphones in and off she goes.”