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Cliff Young Running Around Australia at Age 752 March 1997
Cliff Young, the potato farmer who became a household name after winning the 1983 Sydney to Melbourne race, has just set off on another jaunt.
At 75 - his birthday was February 9 - he plans to become the oldest person to run more than 16,000 km around Australia. In 1983, Ron Grant ran 13,383 km around Australia, minus Tasmania, in 217 days. (Nobby Young, a letter carrier who is not related, walked around Australia in 1993 and 1994 and has recently begun a walk around the world.)
Cliff Young says he's fit enough and age has never been an issue : "I'm pain free you could say. I can get back from a 20km and I stand on my head. I've got a lot of energy you know."
He also has a crew to match his enthusiasm. He started from Adelaide with Helen and John Powers of Wollongong, their twin daughters Paula and Bridgette and Trixi, the Chihuahua, and they will all share a motor home for eight or nine months.
Young's reason for running around Australia is to raise money for street kids. Sponsors fund the trip but money raised when the group puts out buckets in towns will go to City Missions in each State (Rotary in the Northern Territory).
Cliffy, as he is affectionately known, aims to run 65km to 75km a day, heading clockwise. His nickname became the title of his biography, Cliffy's Book, published in 1995.