Orpington and Petts Wood residents are calling for a plaque in memory of ‘The Running Man’ who recently passed away.

James Gilson, famed for his daily topless runs through Petts Wood, Bromley and Orpington, was thought to be 87 years old at the time of his death.

News Shopper has been flooded with tributes to the pensioner who “brought smiles and inspiration” to thousands of people.

The Facebook page Fans of The Running Man has also seen hundreds of tributes.

James Gilson aka The Running Man:

Mandy Horobin-Worley: “I doff my (metaphorical) cap to Mr Gilson.

“Seeing him always brought a wide and happy smile to my face, and a sense that all was well with the world. My condolences to his loved ones. May this outpouring of affection bring some comfort.”

Michael Walker: “Wouldn't it be nice for Bromley council to do something to acknowledge this local man.

News Shopper: The Running Man is never usually seen standing still. Picture by Nikki Adams on the Fans of the Running page on Facebook.

“If it we're a mayor or someone famous a plaque would be made and up by now so lets have something for an ordinary man who gave hope to thousands across our borough.”

Natasha Tomkins: “My children used to love spotting him on car journeys. Wonder how many miles he must have run. RIP a true inspiration you are never too old to do what you love x”

Sally Ann Boyton: “Remember you when I used to wait for the bus going to school ! All those years ago and always thought "wow what a guy " xxx rest now.”

News Shopper: Tributes pour in following death of 'inspirational' topless Petts Wood 'Running Man'

Ann Goodbun: “My grand daughter Ava and i will miss seeing you. She is 3 years old and shrieked with happiness every time we saw you. RIP. Xx”

Did you know Mr Gilson? Call the newsroom on 01689 885703 or email dkeel@london.newsquest.co.uk