Shaun gets fit at 50 as elite runner in tough world races
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.”
●● Shaun Wilde in action and before competing (inset)