Shaun gets fit at 50 as elite run­ner in tough world races

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AN ex sol­dier who set him­self the chal­lenge to get fit at 50 has be­come an elite com­peti­tor in some of the world’s tough­est races.

Shaun Wilde was no stranger to phys­i­cal fit­ness when he was younger, as a sol­dier in the Army from the age of 16 to 32.

But af­ter slow­ing down on ex­er­cise af­ter leav­ing the Forces, he wanted to get him­self fit again as he ap­proached his 50th birth­day.

He set him­self a chal­lenge fit@fifty and started train­ing and com­pet­ing in ob­sta­cle course races from his 50th birth­day last year.

Shaun, who lives with wife Jane on Bal­liol Close, Sut­ton, and has two step-daugh­ters, com­peted in reg­u­lar events and af­ter suc­cess at races in the UK he has qual­i­fied as an elite com­peti­tor in world cham­pi­onship events – the Spar­tan Race World Cham­pi­onships and the Ob­sta­cle Course Rac­ing World Cham­pi­onships (OCRWC) held in Ohio.

Shaun, a di­rec­tor in a tech­nol­ogy con­sul­tancy, said: “When I turned 50 I wanted a big chal­lenge so I em­barked on what I called my fit@fifty project which in­cluded road, trail and ob­sta­cle course races from my 50th birth­day and through the year.

“It just grew and grew. From the au­tumn I set my­self the tar­get of the world cham­pi­onships a year later, so I’m really pleased with the achieve­ment.

“In or­der to rank in the elite fin­ish­ers cat­e­gory at the OCRWC, com­peti­tors needed to run a 10.5-mile course over very dif­fi­cult and hilly ter­rain, and suc­cess­fully com­plete all 52 ob­sta­cles.

“I com­pleted the course as the old­est elite ranked com­peti­tor in 63rd po­si­tion, and fourth aged over 40.

“I set my­self the chal­lenge to see what I could do and it feels good to see what I’ve achieved.”

Luis Bat­tis­tini

●● Shaun Wilde in ac­tion and be­fore com­pet­ing (inset)

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