CARTER'S Meadow proved age is no barrier to sporting success as they came out of lockdown to complete a half marathon.

A total of 12 residents from the retirement development in Charlton each walked the 13.1 mile distance over the course of two months to get fit and active again after lockdown.

The veteran athletes were aged from 80-96, and all completed 151 laps of a specially laid out route around the complex that allowed for social distancing.

The event was the brainchild of Jim Stokes, whose mother-in-law, Jennifer Howes, is a resident at Carter’s Meadow and had been forced to shield during lockdown, which came just weeks after she had a hip replacement.

He said: “What started off as a way of getting Jenny to exercise following her hip operation ended up with neighbours joining in, and became not only a reason for the Carter’s Meadow community to stay fit and active but also socialise together.

"Some managed to get the distance quickly while others wanted to take their time. One lady even used it to walk her dog.

“It was incredible to watch them all complete their last lap together and, given the average age is around 90, it has been inspiring to see the enthusiasm with which they have approached the challenge and that they seem to have genuinely enjoyed it.”