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Media Release

A Media release from the Breast Cancer Foundation of Western Australia, 17th April 2008

Spirit of Australia Creating a New World Record

David Baird is racing against time as he attempts to set a new world record by running with a wheelbarrow across Australia, however he has taken the time to include those affected by breast and prostate cancer and make this run particularly significant to many Australian families.

In liaison with the Breast Cancer Foundation of WA (BCFWA), David has been given a number of small memento’s representing someone that has been diagnosed with breast cancer. These mementos will be secured in David’s wheelbarrow so that they can travel across the Nullabor with him, sharing their spirit in each of the towns he travels through.

A number of mementos are being sourced from 14 towns on the journey.

Although awareness is a key focus to this attempt, David is also eager to raise much needed funds to assist the BCFWA provide personalized support and care for those affected by breast cancer.

All money raised from this event will assist the BCFWA to continue providing personalised support and care for those affected by breast cancer. This includes providing essential services such as financial assistance and emotional support for those going through treatment.

The Wheelbarrow Across Australia World Record Attempt starts on 1st September 2008 and is to finish five months later in Sydney. The overall run will total a massive 4115 kilometres, visit 72 towns and take up to 150 days (5 months) to complete.

If you would like to support this cause and donate to the BCFWA you can either log onto or post your donation to PO Box 250, WEST PERTH WA 6872. All donations over two dollars are tax deductible.

References and Reportage

Some more documents that may be of interest:

A reference from R A Arthur, organiser of the world record breaking around Australia bicycle relay, of which Dave was a key member: Bike Record Reference

Newspaper clippings reporting on Dave’s plans (click on image to see associated report):

Subiaco Post Masters News The Senior (WA)
5th April 2008 April 2008 August 2008
Subiaco Post, 5th April 2008, page 5 Masters News, April 2008 The Senior (WA) August 2008, page 11

Contact Details

David Baird and Jo Richardson may be contacted as follows:


Interests: Fitness, specifically running and bike riding
Body building
Key Strengths: Self-motivated
Dedicated to assisting others in need
Wise from gained practical work skills and life experiences
Excellent physical fitness

Key achievements

1956 All England schoolboy sprint finalist
Distance Running:
1993 Gold Coast International Marathon – second place (Veteran)
1987 Townsville Marathons – second place (Veteran)
1980 Mackay Marathon – first place (Veteran)
1984-1998 Undefeated champion and record holder – Queensland Gemfields “Wheelbarrow Derby” (18.2kms)
Undefeated champion and record holder (Veteran & Masters) – The great “Turkey Chase” (Central Queensland) mountain run (13.2kms)
Twice winner (Veteran) – Yungalor Mountain Run-Mackay, Queensland
Record holder – Gladstone to Rockhampton Ultra Distance (120kms)
Record holder – Gladstone Half-Marathon
Various local races over the past 13 years.
1994 Overall series winner – Central Highlands, Gladstone Central Queensland.
1994 Around Australia non-stop team member. Six world records entered into the Guinness Book of Records.
Gymnastics & Judo:
1954 South of England junior gymnastic and judo county representative.
1954-1984 English schoolboy trialist
Central Highlands, Central Queensland Representative.
North Queensland representative (against Junior All Blacks In Mackay, Queensland).
Body Building:
1990-1999 South Humberside, England, Body Building Championships (Masters)
Queensland Country Body Building Championships – first place.
North Queensland Body Building Championship (Masters) – first place.