Young at heart sign up for 2020 J2J

Published 8:01am 7 September 2020

Young at heart sign up for 2020 J2J
Words by Jodie Powell

James Wyndham is proof you’re never too old to follow your dreams.

He’s signed up for this year’s Jetty2Jetty half-marathon, and is the oldest male competitor in the category, at 79 years young.

James took part last year, and says he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Walking spurs running career

He says he took up running three or four years ago because he has always liked to walk.

“I was on a beef cattle property at Tenterfield and we didn’t have dogs or horses, so we used to do everything on foot,” James says.

“We had the animals trained to come out to get their hay and molasses. We just had to press the horn and they would come.

“But we would have a few animals that were a bit temperamental and would lead the others astray and I would have to chase them on foot,” James recalls.

“I’m retired now, but I still like my walking.”

Young at heart sign up for 2020 J2J

In training

James walks 8km twice a week, but is ramping up as Jetty2Jetty draws closer.

“I am trying to get my times down so I don’t get disqualified,” he laughs.

As for his pre-race plans on the big day?

“I’ll have a cup of tea and make sure I go to the loo. Then I’ll be right.”

For more information about the 2020 Jetty2Jetty click here.

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