Marathon running Rochester grandad Jack Denness awarded MBE
By MariaSoleil | Monday, December 31, 2012, 09:41
ROCHESTER marathon man Jack Denness has been awarded an MBE.
Marathon running grandad Jack Denness has been awarded an MBE (Photo: Maria Soleil)
The 77-year-old has raised thousands of pounds for charity by running the gruelling Death Valley marathon more than a dozen times.
In the New Year's Honours List, Jack was awarded the Member Of The Order Of The British Empire for services to charity.
According to Huffington Post, the grandfather said he was shocked the honour had been given to an "ordinary fella".
Jack, who was recently overlooked to carry the Olympic flame through his hometown of Rochester, said: "I thought it was a wind up when I saw the letter with On Her Majesty's Service written on the envelope and inside it said it was from the Cabinet Office, I thought, 'oh dear, what have I done wrong'.
"Then I read it and I was shocked they would give this to me. I'm just an ordinary fella from a humble background."
Jack was named in the New Year's Honours list along with other Medway residents including fashion designer Harriet Vine and Chatham Historic Dockyard ropemaker Fred Cordier.