Bantaskine man goes to great lengths to stay fit at 95

09-04-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. LINLITHGOW. Xcite Linlithgow Leisure Centre, 95-year-old Malcolm Finlayson from Bantaskine swam 95 lengths to celebrate his 95th birthday. Picture: Michael Gillen
09-04-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. LINLITHGOW. Xcite Linlithgow Leisure Centre, 95-year-old Malcolm Finlayson from Bantaskine swam 95 lengths to celebrate his 95th birthday. Picture: Michael Gillen
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When you’re in your nineties it would be nice to look back and say you’ve had an interesting or adventurous life and have left a legacy.

One man who can lay claim to this is nonagenarian Malcolm Finlayson from Bantaskine who celebrated his 95th birthday by doing 95 lengths in the pool.

Malcolm has led a charmed, and lucky, life. When he was a rock climber – a pastime he enjoyed until he was 75 – he fell 1000 down a Glencoe mountain at the age of 66, dusted himself down and walked to the nearest road and was airlifted to hospital. He had broken his arm and “some ribs”.

He has also passed on his head for heights to his family with son Brian (67) travelling the world to scale mountains, while two of his four grandsons, Ruairidh and Fionnlagh, conquered Mount Everest four years ago.

Despite losing one eye to glaucoma 15 years ago, Malcolm, former joinery foreman at the old Falkirk Infirmary, still has an eye for the ladies and is currently engaged and drives to Avonbridge to see his fiancee every day.

To help keep him young he still walks the hills with daughter Jean Davidson (63), swims 50 lengths twice a week and has a bowl of porridge every morning after a 20-minute workout when he wakes up.

He has done around 200 Munros and also ran 100 metres at Grangemouth Stadium in 28.2 seconds, which would have been the fourth fastest in the world at that time for the age group.

There’s no real mystery to Malcolm’s longevity but his diet could play a part.

He said: “I eat ordinary foods, the same food I’ve eaten for years. I like sugar on my porridge and in my tea and salt on food but don’t eat lots of meat.”

Malcolm, a passionate Falkirk supporter, missed Saturday’s semi-final win, but vowed: “I’ll be at the final.”