Senior Coaching Editor
Paul is Senior Coaching Editor at Saga Exceptional. He has been a sports journalist for more than 30 years, covering two Olympic Games, one Paralympics, numerous World Championships and, most recently, the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022. He’s also been a magazine editor, heading up titles covering everything from running to cooking and buying tractors.
But his real passion is running. As a former GB International athlete and sub-4-minute miler in the 1980s, Paul has a great understanding of life-long fitness and the benefits it can provide. In fact, he’s still very competitive. In 2022 he ran in the World Masters’ Mountain Running Champs in the over-55 age group and is now looking forward to moving up a category and taking on the 60-year-olds.
He’s also part of the England Team Management set-up in road running as well as being an England team coach in the U18 age group for track and field athletics. Currently, he coaches a group of athletes ranging from 13 years old to 55 at his local club.
Outside of work, Paul loves cooking and driving classic cars. He’s owned everything from a 1966 Ford F-250 pickup to a clapped-out 1987 Porsche 944. He’s married to Elaine and they have a West Highland White Terrier named Benji, who’s not that keen on being timed for every run!
Articles by Paul Larkins
Set yourself a fitness goal and stick to it
Clear written goals are amazingly powerful when it comes to achieving your dreams and targets.
It’s never too late to start running. Here’s how
Lace up your running shoes (again); no matter your age, it's never too late to start running.
“How reuniting my dad with his beloved long-lost car helped with his dementia”
Nicola Evans tells how tracking down the racing car her father hand-built in the 1950s was a boon to both of them.
Over-50s make up a quarter of the Great North Run – here’s why they love it
The Great North Run attracts older runners in their droves – including a 102-year-old veteran, and a 71-year-old with Parkinsons.