MANY people took part in the St Helens 10k to raise awareness and money for others.

But one gentleman in particular who caught a few spectators eyes on Sunday, was 86-year-old army veteran Eddie Keating, who donned his walking shoes and army beret all in aid of Joey the Legend (see story left).

At 86, Eddie from Rainhill was the oldest competitor at the event after signing up to raise money for the hospital that saved his partner’s grandson’s life.

Dressed in his army beret and an Alder Hey Children’s Hospital charity top, Eddie marched proudly on despite the weather and completed the course in one hour, 28 minutes and 31 seconds.

Eddie, said: “Technically I did an 8k because the marshals told me to only go round the park once, but I walked very, very fast.

“I was in the territorial army for 37 years so I wore my beret.

“I suppose that’s how I can walk so fast from all of that. It’s the first time I’ve done anything like this, but I did it for Joey and I did cry when I got to the finish line, but just a bit.

“He always salutes me with being in the army back in the day and he was happy.”