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72-year-old woman outruns teen purse thief

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The schoolgirl was surprised to discover her victim, a former All England Schools championship sprinter, still had a turn of pace – at the age of 72.

As Mrs Hirst gave chase, she soon began to close on the culprit who was forced to throw down the bag in her desperation to escape.

The retired teacher had allowed three teenage girls into her car to help her with directions after getting lost on the way to a theatre.

She was straight out of the starting blocks again, however, when one of them took advantage and tried to make off with her bag.

Mrs Hirst said: “Suddenly I felt 18 again. The adrenaline just kicked in and I seemed to turn back the years.

“She had a head start but I covered 70 yards in about 15 seconds and was within two strides of her when she looked over her shoulder and saw me.

“She probably thought I was an easy target but she shouldn’t have judged a book by its cover. The look on her face was one of sheer amazement and she just threw my bag aside.”

She added: “I didn’t think of my safety, but I did pay for it a little the next day. I was covered in aches and pains and my daughter turned to me and said it was because I didn’t warm up properly.”

Read more: Teenage handbag thief outpaced by 72-year-old ex-sprinter

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Written by allpositivenews

02/15/2009 at 1:16 pm

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  1. Go Granny Go!!!!

    Dave J

    02/15/2009 at 1:21 pm

  2. OMG this is great.

    Jenn

    02/16/2009 at 10:49 pm


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