Grandad aims to run his age

OLDER golfers dream about “shooting their age”, that rare feat of posting an 18-hole score lower than your lived years.

ON THE RUN: Tamworth grandfather of six Spencer Hird, left, with jogging partner Chris Ball, is determined to ‘run his age’ at next month’s City2Surf. Photo: Gareth Gardner 090714GGD02

ON THE RUN: Tamworth grandfather of six Spencer Hird, left, with jogging partner Chris Ball, is determined to ‘run his age’ at next month’s City2Surf. Photo: Gareth Gardner 090714GGD02

But Tamworth grandfather-of-six Spencer Hird has a far more strenuous dream – running his age.

The 74-year-old former accountant will next month line up in his 40th City2Surf, determined to break the 74-minute mark.

His best time, achieved almost 30 years ago, was 54 minutes but Mr Hird must still improve dramatically on his time last year of 81 minutes.

While not everyone has the fitness to run the gruelling Sydney race, Mr Hird urged residents to consider taking up the sport and competing in the upcoming Tamworth Ten.

The event, now in its 41st year, offers a range of distances to cater for all ages and fitness levels, from the 10km main run to a leisurely 4km walk around the riverbank.

“It’s not too late to start training for it,” Mr Hird, who is on the Tamworth Ten organising committee, said.

The 10km race starts at No.1 Oval with competitors running down the Peel River embankment and along King George V Ave before finishing back at the oval.

On top of the main race and the walk, a 5km run will also form part of the August 17 event.

A Dash for Cash will also be held at No.1 Oval, sponsored by The Northern Daily Leader.

Mr Hird’s conversion to running was triggered by an office job and a lively corgi.

“I used to work in an office in Sydney when I was in my 30s and my dog was always locked up at home during the day,” Mr Hird said.

“I started taking him for a walk and all he wanted to do was run, so I had to run with him.

“I ended up enjoying the relaxation and the endorphins so much I stuck with it. It’s all about enjoying life’s opportunities.

“You never know when you might fall ill so you have to make the most of things.”

Entries for the Tamworth Ten can be found at the Tamworth Triathlon Club website – www.tamworthtriclub.org.au 

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