Lowestoft hairdresser surprised with gifts after completing 37th consecutive London Marathon

Len Cousens from Lowestoft has completed his 37th consecutive London Marathon. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Len Cousens from Lowestoft has completed his 37th consecutive London Marathon. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Lowestoft hairdresser Len Cousens is one of only a handful of runners to have taken part in every London Marathon since it started in 1981.

Len Cousens from with his London Marathon medals.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Len Cousens from with his London Marathon medals. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

And even at 73-years-old, he has no intentions of giving up.

This year he completed his 37th consecutive London Marathon, in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital - the same charity he has supported for the past 20 years.

And to congratulate him on his efforts, the team from Archant's Mustard TV surprised him and his wife at his home with flowers and a relaxing massage. Mr Cousens took up running aged 36 after his wife Maureen bought him a tracksuit for Christmas.

He said: 'I ran round the block like the clappers, I had no idea what to do. Gradually some friends of mine said 'why don't you come up the park and do a park run with us on a Sunday', and then from then on they said we are going to do the London Marathon and then every year it has sort of gone on and on and on.

'It was my 37th London and it was no easier than any of the others, in fact it was very hard. I think I suffered more this time than usual, I think it was to do with the weather.

'Fingers crossed for next year, I just take every year as it comes because as you get older you just don't know what is around the corner.'

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His first marathon was in Guildford, Surrey, in 1979.

Mr Cousens, who moved to Lowestoft 20 years ago and works two days a week as a hairdresser in Beccles, was one of the 6,255 people who took part in the inaugural London Marathon. He completed it in two hours, 57 minutes and 29 seconds.

Mr Cousens praised his wife's constant support especially as the marathon always happens around her birthday - April 23.

'I don't know what I would be doing if I didn't have Maureen, she just does it all,' he said.

'The only bit she doesn't do unfortunately is the running!'

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