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Harry's fighting fit at 65; LOSE A MILLION POUNDS.


A MERSEYSIDE man has reached the final of a competition to find the UK's fittest grandparent.

Harry Jackson, 65, from St Helens, but originally from Toxteth, was nominated by granddaughter Rheanna, 8, for the Gran Slam competition.

The grandfather-of-one juggles his job as a sports massage therapist with the gym, and has completed 50-mile runs and 14,500 sit-ups for charity.

He said: "There are people up to 84 years oldwho come along.

"For people with conditions like arthritis, I explain the body is like a rusty bolt. If you leave it outside in the rain, it will get rusty. But if you oil it every day, it will be OK.

"The people who come to me are healthier in every way, and they are not taking half the tablets they have taken in the past, so it is a big rejuvenation for them.

"It is such a shame so many people are ill, probably through not knowing what better food to eat to keep themselves fit.

"I am also involved with the St Helens healthy eating team now, analysing GP referrals, people with heart problems and diabetes."

Harry has previously broken world records in parallel bar dips and holds British and European records in rope skipping.

He has also won 11 bodybuilding competitions - his last one a British over-60s event.

Harry trains in a number of gyms in the St Helens area and says age should not prevent anyone staying healthy.

He was due to appear on The Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV this week.

The winner of the UK's fittest grandparent title is expected to be announced next month by its organiser, the dairy Cravendale.



TRAINING: Harry Jackson Pictures: ANDREW TEEBAY / at220109a; PROUD: Harry with his granddaughter Rheanna, who nominated him for the fittest grandparent competition; KNOCKOUT: Harry 40 years ago in his boxing days
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 28, 2009
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