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 ended up running 46kms . David got left behind because of a painful heel blister and fatigue from lack of training.
The experience was also enjoyed by friend Luke Stevens who had just completed the Bussleton Ironman only days previously.
The verdict by David, it’s not wise to run 46km+ off the cuff when you don’t run anymore.
After a lot of hard work and tanning, David took out the over 60 age category at the Perth Classic Saturday 18 May 2013.
Pictured above is David performing one of five required poses before a very supportive crowd of 750 people. After the performance, David was mobbed by people congratulating him on the win.
Not a bad body for a 70 year old.
Since turning 70 on the 18 March, David has decided to put himself to the challenge once more.
This time and not surprisingly, it is a challenge of a different kind, “The 2013 Perth INBA (Natural Body Building Championship) Classic”. Held locally at the Vasto Centre Vasto Place, Balcatta David is hoping that friends and family will come and support him.
In preparation for the challenge David is hard at it training in his local gym at the Loftus Recreation Centre Leederville.
On Saturday 1st December 2012 David put himself to the challenge at his local gym, the Lotfus Recreation Centre, as a tag team member running two marathons (84.6kms) at an average speed of 14km an hour over six hours for Princess Margaret Hospital.
The run was of high intensity and required concentration and experience. At one stage David was running at the highest speed the treadmill would go. As he says, “you can only last a couple of minutes at this speed”.
See the Youtube video of David as he runs the final stretch for the day.
David Baird – The Wheelbarrow Man
Sunday 18th December, David completed the 46kms 6 inch marathon on the Munda Biddi trail.
Finishing in good form 61st out of 115 runners.
Everyone agreed that the course was very rugged and steep. David was very happy with his run up to 37kms but not having the kilometres in his legs through lack of training, was finding it very tough.
With only 2kms to go, David was hoping to finish in 5 hours 2 minutes, when he took the wrong track costing him an additional 10 minutes.
With the track being so remote, getting lost was easy to do. With the insistence of race organizers, all runners had to take 2 litres of water.
But within a couple of minutes of finishing the race, David recovered and ended well.
What David is up against because of his knee, is that he can’t train the big distances that he likes to run. Bit of a catch 22 situation! In plain language David’s right knee has run out of cartlidge, having had three arthroscopes on the right knee and two on the left.
David feels that the writing is on the wall, but as all you runners out there know, most of us runners aren’t too smart. We just love to run.