By Tom Midlane @GoldenLatrine

A 96-YEAR-OLD sprinter has rolled back the years by setting a new British record in the 100 and 200 metres

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Videographer / Director: John Robertson

Producer: Tom Midlane, Chloe Browne

Editor: Ian Phillips

QUICK STEP: 96-year-old Charles shoots out of the starting blocks

Dr Charles Eugster ran a time of 23.78 seconds in the M-95 (males aged 95 or over) category at the British Masters at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, on Saturday July 25. 

He then followed that up with a record-breaking 57.27 seconds in the 200m on the Sunday - 0.8 seconds faster than his time last year.

SUAVE: Despite being 96, Charles is regularly mistaken for a man 20 years younger
SPEED DEMON: Charles powers his way down the home straight during warm-ups

The high-octane OAP already holds the world record in the M-95 category for 200m indoors, which he set at the British Masters Championships in Lee Valley earlier this year and bettered in Poland at the European Championships. 

Former dentist Charles, who was born in London, said: "In the UK nobody of my age had attempted to run these races competitively, so all I had to do is stagger over the finish line alive.

STAYING TRIM: Charles runs through a series of exercises designed to keep him lean

"I was really pleased with my time though, it had to be of a certain standard or otherwise it wouldn't have been accepted.

"I was quite surprised at the finish that I wasn't as knackered as I usually am!"

OLYMPIC SPIRIT: Fellow sprinter Pat Logan (left) wishes Charles (centre) good luck before the race

As Charles is usually the only person in his age bracket, he frequently runs alongside athletes from younger age categories - and he admits the women can be a distraction. 

He said: "In one of my races I ran with the over-70s women. It gave me an incentive - to chase a female bottom."

FINE FETTLE: Gym work is critical to Charles' conditioning regime
EFFORT: A red-faced Charles sprints over the finishing line

While Charles has a haul of rowing medals from regattas down the years, amazingly he only began running competitively in 2014. 

He now has his sights set on the World Championships in Lyon in August of this year. 

Charles' training has been overseen by his coach Sylvia Gattiker, who has trained him for the last six years.

She said: "He's a little bit tired but we're thrilled with the result.

"In the training session his time wasn't so good so we're really excited and happy with the outcome - it's a brilliant time and I'm really proud of what he's achieved."

SMILE: Prior to taking up running competitively, Charles devoted his time to bodybuilding

The nonagenarian originally turned to bodybuilding at the age of 87 after growing disgusted at his own ageing body. 

He now lives by a strict mantra of work, nutrition and exercise, and travels around the world to preach the benefits of staying active into old age. 

Charles said: "Old age is something to look forward to - it can the most enjoyable, wondrous, stupendous, exciting period of anybody's life.

CHOP CHOP: Charles puts himself through an intensive warm-up session during training
HER MAJESTY: Charles says his biggest inspiration is England's Queen Elizabeth

"But from the age of about 50, we all start losing muscle mass - so it's important to stay active."

CHEERS! While Charles eats a healthy diet he says he believes in 'everything in moderation'

And Charles says his greatest inspiration to stay in good shape comes not from the athletics world, but from the QUEEN. 

He said: "She does not retire, she is nearly 90, she has a punishing schedule - I think that she sets a wonderful example and I think her subjects should do the same.

WINNER: Charles sporting two of his rowing medals

"When I retired I imagined it would be like an endless holiday, but it opened a door to a chamber of horrors.

VICTORY: Charles wearing his gold medal after smashing the British 100m record in the M-95 category

"Starting bodybuilding saved my life, but I took that as far as I could. Now I want to see what I can achieve in the world of running.

"I want people to know that you can reboot your body at any age - you're never too old."