Oldest London Marathon competitor has passed away

IVA BARR, who became the oldest London Marathon competitor when she finished the 2016 race at age 88, has sadly passed away at 93-years-old.

Barr, from Bedford, first entered the London Marathon back in 1981 and completed 20 in total after confirming that the 2016 race was to be her last.

She tackled the first 14 miles of that year’s race before taking the Underground to Westminster and walking the final part to the finish at The Mall.

At the time the marathon enthusiast, who ran as a member of the Bedford Harriers Athletics Club and participated in marathons for “30-odd years”, said she would “never forget” her final attempt, despite not quite completing the route.

One Twitter user gave Iva a fitting tribute: “RIP #IvaBarr who was an inspiration & a lovely lady; one of our favourite visitors to @kioskinthepark. We fondly remember @WhizzKidz cyclists presenting her with a 25 Award back in 2016, celebrating the charity’s 25 years and 25 top fundraising supporters.”

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