I spent a fortune going to physiotherapists and chiropractors - the only thing I didn't do was the Alexander Technique. I've had injections, X-rays, blood tests with Harley Street specialists and Chinese lumbar puncture. I didn't care what I paid as long as it got better. The biggest waste of money was on acupuncture. It relaxed me totally the day I had it done, but the next day the pain was back. I went to the best that money could buy, but he left a needle in my stomach and asked me to turn over.
It was only after I pointed it out that he removed it. I could have been stabbed!
Then two years ago I decided to get a personal trainer. He took me through all the exercises that were good for my back and gave me a lot of cardiovascular exercises. I started going to the gym four or five times a week and began to notice a difference. I got hooked on the running machine, lost two stones and my back got far better. I suddenly wasn't thinking about it any more. I put it down to running. I know that when I do 10 miles on the machine any tension from the day will go - running just relaxes me. I can run 40 miles a week and I'm a different person. Even now I still get stressed: my muscles can go into total spasm, especially in my lungs. But it doesn't affect my back any more...
Age is only something on your birth certificate. I drink lots of water, avoid fat and have given up meat and dairy; I have my power breakfast in the morning of lots of fruit and shredded wheat. I'm planning to run the London Marathon: I completed it in under five hours last year, and this year I'm being sponsored by the NSPCC and I want to run it in under four hours. I won't say anybody beat me last time, people just crossed the line before I did.