Star performer at 60

SPORTS mad Ipswich woman Delia Hammerton will stop at nothing to get that extra adrenaline kick – even at 60 years old.Hang-gliding and hot air ballooning list as just some of her hobbies but recently she has been using her love of all things energetic to raise lots of money for charities in the county.

By Jessica Nicholls

SPORTS mad Ipswich woman Delia Hammerton will stop at nothing to get that extra adrenaline kick – even at 60 years old.

Hang-gliding and hot air ballooning list as just some of her hobbies but recently she has been using her love of all things energetic to raise lots of money for charities in the county.

A few weeks ago, Delia from Valley Road ran the London Marathon in just four hours 35 minutes, and raised £1150 for the Ipswich branch of Dr. Barnardos.

It is almost ten years since she last ran the marathon and has done it eight times since 1984, but was determined to do it in her 60th year.

Next month she will be hitting the road again, but this time on a bike when she takes part in the London to Brighton cycle ride to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

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She has recently had problems with her hips and her family was worried that she might not make it along the full 26 miles of the marathon.

But Delia said: "My family were there and were looking out for me at various points along the way and when they did not see me they thought I would not make it.

"But I was actually too quick for them and had passed the points before they got there.

"I was really ecstatic at the end of it."

As if running 26 miles was not enough, the following day, Delia even managed to fit in two hours of table tennis.

She said: "I just like making the most of life.

"I don't like heights but for my husband Tony's 65th birthday we walked around Mont Blanc. It was a real sense of achievement when I did it."