105-year-old woman Cecilia Rallo breaks record

Image copyright PA Image caption Cecilia Rallo ran the clock six minutes faster than her previous record time A 105-year-old woman has set a new world record in the sport of senior athletics in…

105-year-old woman Cecilia Rallo breaks record

Image copyright PA Image caption Cecilia Rallo ran the clock six minutes faster than her previous record time

A 105-year-old woman has set a new world record in the sport of senior athletics in the UK.

Cecilia Rallo ran the clock 6 minutes and 57 seconds faster than her previous record time of 4mins and 58 seconds.

She completed the course in 2 hours and 37 minutes at the City of Chester Vale Area Open meeting.

Mrs Rallo is from Warrington and will be honoured at a special lunch on Wednesday at Gosford House Hotel.

‘Wonderful achievement’

“I can’t believe I’ve done it, it’s a wonderful achievement,” Mrs Rallo said.

Mrs Rallo was the first woman to run more than the 40 miles [64km] in a single marathon when she completed the London Marathon in 1995, also on Merseyside.

She has twice competed in an inter-county mile race at Carlisle University and has won other titles, including the Wales national 75+ mile marathon and ultra marathons.

The world record record has been shared between five people since 1940, when it was set by Mabel Arnold of New Zealand.

Fionnuala Sparkman from Lincoln set the UK record in 2015 when she ran the same distance in 3 hours and 59 minutes.

If the UK Record was verified by UK Athletics, Mrs Rallo would be first woman in history to hold a world senior athletics running record at 105 years of age.

While Mrs Rallo is appearing in the Midlands as part of her record attempt, she will travel to Nottingham for a signing of her autobiography.

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