I have a new hero and his name is Cliff Young.
I only heard about him yesterday, as I was warming up to take part in the 9km Sydney Bridge Run, but his story pretty much sums up my attitude to life (as well as one of my favourite Aesop’s fables)…
In 1983, 61-year-old potato farmer Cliff Young won the first Sydney to Melbourne Ultra Marathon footrace. Cliff arrived at the start with overalls and galoshes over his gumboots. He ran at a slow loping pace and trailed the leaders for most of the course, but he kept going and by running while the others slept he slowly gained on them and eventually won by a large margin.
Hats off to Cliff Young, ladies and gentlemen.