Running Over the Age of 30 ?
Ian Kemp's response to a letter sent to CoolRunningAugust 1999
Can you please send me and direct me to information regarding running into your 30's as a female. I was told from a professional that you are over the hill and finished when you hit 30!! Not encouraging news as I have a pb of 33 over 10k and would like to show him some info backing my claim that you are NOT over when you hit a certain age! thankyou
Ian Kemp's response
Thanks for your mail! To the person who says running is over at age 30, PAH! As for some good ammunition, a biography of Heather Turland might be a good place to start. Heather is one day older than me (39yo) and began running competitively first in 1993 - in one of her first events she finished 5th, yes in the City to Surf. At age 37 she competed in the world champs marathon, and as many will know she won the commonwealth games marathon at age 38. A biog is at http://www.coolrunning.com.au/editorials/1997e008.shtml (the biog is a few years old, before she became a 'household name'). Another person I might mention is a lady called Bernie Portenski who lives right here is Wellington. At age 49 Bernie won the Auckland Marathon last October (beating me I might mention), her 3rd win in the race. She also set a world age record in the same race. The Auckland win was her third in the year, having won the Rotorua Marathon in May and the Fiji Marathon soon after! But wait there's more. After Winning in Auckland, Bernie got on a plane for the US and ran in the NY Marathon the weekend after. Then she flew back to New Zealand and ran the Christchurch Marathon the weekend after that! Every one of those runs was quicker than my top-quartile marathon PB. http://www.coolrunning.com.au/results/1998r146.shtml Need more? From Arthur Lydiard's book: New Zealander Jack Foster took up running when he was 32. Six years later he ran a world 20-mile record and at 41 was a Commonwealth Games silver medallist in 2:11:18. Alex Ratelle starting running in his forties and was 56 when he ran his best marathon - 2:31:56. Joyce Smith from England ran her best marathon (2:29:43) at age 44. The 1984 Olympic marathon champion, Carlos Lopez, was 37. American John Kelly ran his 53rd Boston Marathon (yes 53rd) at age 76. It's a good job John Kelly didn't give up at 30 when he still had 46 years of running ahead of him! All the best, ---Ian--- Ian Kemp firstname.lastname@example.org