|The lead bunch in the 1981 Melbourne Marathon at |
about 5km. I'm on the left and eventual winner, Andrew
Lloyd, is in the centre wearing the hat.
In yesterday's blog I wrote about how much the Melbourne Marathon was a part of my earlier running life and about my experience in the first Melbourne Marathon in 1978.
|The leading bunch at around 5km of the|
1981 Melbourne Marathon with me in
My success in the 1978 "Big M", and subsequent personal best of 2:19 in the 1979 Victorian Marathon Championship, had also attracted a minor level of sponsorship with Brooks Shoes. There was no money involved, but they supplied me with shoes and running clothing and I agreed to wear their running attire at certain events. This was the case for the 1981 "Big M", and they had supplied me with their latest and greatest marathon running shoe a month before the event. I wore them in lead-up long runs, including the week before the marathon on forestry roads from our weekend shack in the mountains about an hour east of Melbourne. When I returned from that last long training run, while still wearing my running gear, I decided to cut up a fallen tree on our property before showering. A log slipped as I was cutting and knocked the chainsaw down to my left foot where it neatly sliced through the top of one of my new shoes, but incredibly didn't draw any blood. This is one of several occasions in my life where, but for some good fortune, serious injury or worse would have been incurred. I had to sheepishly call the Brooks rep, explain my mishap, and request a replacement pair of shoes, which he supplied.
|Around the 15km mark of the 1981 Melbourne Marathon,|
Andrew Lloyd and I began to get away from the field
|Nearing the finish of the 1981 Melbourne Marathon|
The postscript to this story is that Andy turned down the winner's prize of an all expenses paid trip to run in the 1982 Boston Marathon, and it was passed to me. He had been the two previous years and apparently didn't feel the need to go again. It was very generous of him to let me have the trip, and I took extra pleasure in watching his accomplishments in subsequent years.