On Sunday 24 January 2015 David and I set off in our caravan to relive the Wheelbarrow Across Australia Run of six and half years ago. The plan this time was for David to run as many Park Runs as he could around Australia.
Unfortunately, in training, David’s right knee flared up, so he now going to do the Park Runs without the barrow.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia have again come on board and have supplied David with terrific running gear.
As of the 1st February, the journey was super easy compared to the weeks it took to get across back in 2008. While we again camped, this time we did it style in a new pop up van instead of the camper. Back then when we came to a roadhouse it was like heaven. Now the roadhouses look so ordinary in comparison despite recent renovations.
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.