Posted: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:51
Geoff Oliver, who was recognised in Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport's 2010 and 2012 Oldest Athlete events, has defied the years, and some would say common sense, to set a total of 7 world ultra distance age group records when taking part in the Self-Transcendence 24-hour race, 21/22 Sept 2013, at Tooting Bec track, London, UK.
Geoff has been running all his life and from marathons moved up to ultra distances over 30 years ago. The 80 year old from Hinckley in Leicestershire, already holds a string of ultra distance age group records at various distances from 30 miles to 24 hours.
The idea of the 24 hours race is to see how much distance one can cover. Runners run on an accurately measured loop, in this case a 400 metre track, and every lap is meticulously counted to give a final total.
Geoff covered a total of 380 laps of the track to record a final distance of 152.295kms / 94 miles 1108 yards to set a new world male over 80 record.
His 100k split of 13.55.09 was the only recognised distance where he failed to break the existing world mark of 13.15.57 which is held by the German Horst Feiler. It is, however, a new male over 80 British record.
Geoff has run the race at Tooting Bec many times and is a well respected figure on the UK ultra running circuit. He also rewrote the over 75 records there a few years ago. After the race he praised the organisation of the Sri Chinmoy Athletic Club and the family feel of the event. He did say, that due to family and personal circumstances this year, he had only run two races in the build up to this year's event, a 10k and 10 miler. Obviously Geoff has a few "Lifetime miles" in the bank, and just loves running. He has also learnt to be almost self-sufficient at these events.
(Source: Run and Become)