Australian ultra marathon runner Cliff Young won the inaugural Sydney to Melbourne ultra marathon in 1983 at the age of 61. How is this really possible? Surely someone a third of his age should have won the race easily. You would certainly think so, but this 61 year old potato farmer had a surprise in store for everyone.
The Sydney to Melbourne ultra marathon was regarded as one of the world’s hardest ultra marathons. It covered a total distance of 875-kilometre (544 mi), and usually took between 5 and 6 days to finish. The marathon began in 1983, and was held for 8 years until its major financial backer withdrew its support from the event. One of the fastest, but not the record holder, to finish the ultra marathon was 61 year ols potato farmer Cliff Young, from Beech Forest, Victoria. But how did he do it?