A LEGENDARY marathon runner from Hornchurch has died.
Paul Freedman, 92, ran his first marathon when he was 69 and was the oldest official competitor at the London Marathons in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Paul, a member of Havering 90 Joggers, completed 24 marathons, 18 of which were on behalf of Saint Francis Hospice, a hospice based in Romford.
Pam Court, chief executive of Saint Francis Hospice, paid tribute to Paul’s fundraising efforts and giving nature.
She said: “Our thoughts are with Paul’s family at this sad time. While Paul is no longer with us, his legacy will live on. He was the most incredible ambassador for the hospice and he was a great inspiration to everyone who met him.
“We are so proud and privileged to have known Paul and will always be grateful for all he has done to raise awareness of our services, as well as raising more than £100,000 to fund our care,” she added.
He passed away peacefully at King George Hospital, Goodmayes, on Saturday, February 4. His funeral was held at Waltham Abbey Jewish Cemetery on Monday, February 6.