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 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.