GUARD OF HONOUR: Norm Phillips, 92, completes his 100th parkrun at Brightwater.
GUARD OF HONOUR: Norm Phillips, 92, completes his 100th parkrun at Brightwater. John Mccutcheon

At 92 that’s 100 runs up

THE world's oldest "parkrunner" crossed the finish line yesterday for the 100th time, complete with a guard of honour.

The 5km race - an organised parkrun - was at Broadwater and it attracted a record turnout of 171 runners, possibly to mark 92-year-old Norm Phillips' century of runs.

Wife Jay caught a glimpse of Norm in action for the first time and was blown away by the fanatical support.

That support affected Norm, too, so much he almost didn't complete the race.

"I'm a bit overwhelmed. When I saw that crowd I almost turned around and went the other way," he quipped.

"I wasn't expecting anything like that at all. Never in a million years would I think this would happen.

"She (Jay) used to think I was mad - now she's all for it."

Norm, a Yandina resident, did not start running until the tender age of 63 and son David introduced him to the parkrun group in 2013.

"I'd been running around the streets of Yandina and he said, 'Why don't come along to a parkrun?'," Norm said.

"My first one was at Point Cartwright and it was pouring down with rain, but I was hooked."

With a ton behind him, Norm is showing no sign of slowing down.

"I should carry on running until I drop," he said.

"I got home and went for a walk to loosen up and I'm fully recovered. My aim is another 50 and I might enter the Sunshine Coast Marathon's 5km race."

Before then, Brightwater parkrun director Debra Mills will try to get Norm into the Guinness World Records for his feat of strength.

"I contacted the United Kingdom office and the founder of parkrun confirmed he is the oldest runner and now we're investigating whether he can be entered into the Guinness World Records," she said.

"He's such an inspiration. People look at him and say, 'If he can do it, then I can do it'."


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