Edmund Shillabeer with polar explorer Dwayne Fields – they are putting forward a joint bid to carry the Olympic torch for part of its journey around the country before it lights the Olympic flame in London.
Edmund’s walks extend to 30 miles or more and they tend to finish with him picking up a medal – and setting the occasional world record.
The 71-year-old’s latest collection of golds includes a pair from this year’s England racewalking championships: he was a member of the winning team for the 20km and 50km events.
And no, not in the over-70 age category. Edmund is a veteran but he was competing in the all-comers section against men half his age.
Racewalkers have to keep one foot on the ground – being airborne for an instant would mean disqualification for running.
And when not racing, Edmund keeps both feet on the ground. He isn’t into boasting.
“Winning two medals at my age is a sad reflection on the state of English racewalking,” he says modestly.