Sunday, 12 March 2017

55 years running

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, March 12, 2017 with 1 comment
Today I complete 55 years of running.
That's 55 years continual membership of athletic clubs.
There are no plans to stop running soon.

Highlights from early days worth mentioning:
• May 1965 – winner SA Schools one mile track championships, 4:32.2, just before my 17th birthday.
• July 1978 – seventh in the National Marathon in 2:30.05 in “steam-bath” conditions, Caboolture, Queensland.
• November 1978 – winner Canberra Marathon, 2:26.58, a new ACT open record at the time.
• 1979 – ACT Distance Runner of the year.
• January 1984 – 3000m in 8:47.3, an AMA M35 Australian record which stood until 2015.

Current goals worth mentioning:
• May 2018 and beyond – run some sub 20 minute 5k races as an M70.
On current indications, this is achievable if I remain injury free.
Although given that the last time I went under 20 minutes was in 2008, this is a big ask.
As goals go, this is more than enough to think about for now!


Racing on the Woden grass track where I first broke 16 minutes for 5k. I went on to run sub 16 about 60 times, up until 1991. My fastest 5k track was 15:10.

Here's to many more years of running. Hic!

1 comment:

  1. Wow - Woden track looks so different! You can see Mt Taylor. Congrats on the 55 years. Sub-20 at 70 has a good ring to it!

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