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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 (3048178)
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by Tom Martin


A MYSTERY runner seen jogging half-naked around the streets of Litherland has become an internet sensation.

'The Litherland Running Man', as he has been dubbed by locals, has become well-known for exercising without a t-shirt.

He has been spotted during sprints along Crosby beach, Thornton and the Litherland area.

And a Facebook group has been set-up in his tribute, with more than 6,000 people getting updates on his latest whereabouts with users uploading pictures when they see him.

A t-shirt has even made made in his honour with a statement that reads ‘I've seen the Litherland Running Man.'

Light-hearted rumours have been shared online about the nature of his runs and the reason behind his lack of clothing.

Wesley Mcginty said: “He woke up one day, went for a run and he has never stopped.”

Meanwhile Chris Edwards believes that: “The Litherland Running Man doesn't run around the world.... He runs on the spot and the world rotates under him. The Earth is his treadmill.

The local legend has been compared to fictional character Forrest Gump, with Hollywood actor Tom Hanks setting off on three year marathon run in the 1994 hit film.

Libby Murphy, said: ”He ran down our street in his shorts when it was snowing couldn't believe my eyes“.

There has even been suggestions on how to keep track of the man when he is out jogging.

Stephen Bates: ”I think he should wear a GPS tracking device so we can all enjoy his many outings“.

Lesley Forshaw: ”I don't think I would recognise him fully dressed!“

In one sighting he was even pictured doing chin-ups by using the branch of a tree in a Bootle park. It has led to some locals dubbing him ‘The Forrest Gump of Bootle'.

Paul Edwards, said: ”I was in the park and witnessed him doing his chin-ups. He came over for a chat and asked me about my fitness regime and how much I can lift. I felt a little uncomfortable as he was shirtless and I was intimidated by his body. He also had a set of dumbbells with him. Who needs a gym when you can do it outdoors?“






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