The start of a long journey continued with David’s fourth Park Run at Claisebrook in overcast and humid conditions Saturday 22 November. The run nearly didn’t end well, with David almost falling and thankfully for the trusty wheelbarrow handles he was able to brace his fall and was saved from an injury.
During the run Jo with headset on, listened to an interview with fellow Park Run participant, Gary Willmot by ABC presenter James Lush. We knew of Gary from the Canning River Park Run several weeks ago and learnt that he was going to walk/run from Perth to Brisbane in May.
In short, David managed to hear the tail end of the interview having finished the run earlier and made a quick call to Gary who then joined us for a chat. Gary couldn’t get his head around how we were able to hear his interview while running.
On Monday 3 November 2014 David and I set off from the Naturaliste Lighthouse heading south with 12 friends to walk 135kms to the Leewin Lighthouse, Augusta.
The scenery was awesome and very varied and ranged from beach sand, rocky outcrops, bush head high, lovely grassed and treed Ellenbrook through to steep limestone tracks. It certainly wasn’t a walk in the park but it could be done slower than the 22kms per day that we did. Organiser’s Peter and Karen March (members of Masters Athletics WA) were very keen to get the walk in before the heat and flies of summer and it was only on the last day in Augusta that the bush flies ascended on us.
Apart from the scenery, the friendships and conversations we had along the walk made the journey.
Wheebarrow Man, David Baird shows fitness is possible at any age.
Now 71 years of age David has continued his quest for fitness and last year won the INBA Perth Body Building Classic for his age (70) on the 18 May 2013.
Ever keen on challenging himself, on Saturday 24 January 2015 David will be putting his fitness to the test with his wife Jo and leaving Perth to participate in Park Runs throughout Australia (99 locations) with his trusty wheelbarrow, the same wheelbarrow that travelled 4115kms across Australia on 21 September 2008, finishing at Manly on 10 January 2009.
Along the way David will be promoting his health message to all, hoping to inspire others and at the same time promote his favourite charity, The Prostate Foundation of Australia.
The above pictures are from the Canning River Park Run. Perth which he ran earlier today in 26 mins 51 secs
Since being set upon by three youths while running around local Beatty Park on Christmas Eve, David has been determined not to let this affect him in anyway, and despite being very shaken and requiring stitches to his right eye, he has very determinedly kept running at the park.
I could say more but the case is in the courts.
Sunday 13 April 2014 was a chance David couldn’t pass up. That is doing what he loves most, running, and running with his wheelbarrow. These days he’s not up to doing the 50kms of 2010, but came in at 49mins doing a very creditable 10kms over hilly territory at the Bunbury 3 Waters Run.
We went to Dwellingup in December to support runners Karen & Peter March run the 46km Trail run . The trail started near the corner of Dell Park Road & South West Highway and followed the Munda Bindi Bike track back into Dwellingup. Like all track runs, there are plenty of hills, (there is 3km hill at the start), gravel, gullys and bush debris to keep you on red alert for the duration of run.
After everyone one took off, David & Brian Bennett decided to run 15kms for a jog with the aim of finishing at the 23km point. The outcome was that they didn’t of course stop, and in the end Ironman Brian and David ended up running the 46kms.
The experience was also enjoyed by friend Luke Stevens who had just completed the Bussleton Ironman only days previously.
The verdict by David, is that it is not wise to run 46km+ off the cuff when you only train five or ten kilometres a week.