Senior Coaching Editor

Paul Larkins

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!

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Articles by Paul Larkins

An older man jogging with a towel around his shoulders

Set yourself a fitness goal and stick to it

Clear written goals are amazingly powerful when it comes to achieving your dreams and targets.

A woman in her 50s lacing up her running shoes

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.

Richard Evans poses with his sports car, 1 EMX
Mental Wellbeing

“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.

Runners on the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle taking part in the Great North Run

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.

Man running in the park

‘Run slow to run fast’ sounds too good to be true – but it works

Woman runner with her dog on a lead, going fast

An intro to canicross: how to start running with your dog