The tough got go­ing

The Glengarry News - - Classifieds -

De­spite cold con­di­tions, and a wardrobe over­sight, Alexan­dria race walker Bob Hardy posted a per­sonal best time in a Toronto race re­cently.

Call­ing it “my tough­est marathon to date,” the 68-year-old com­pleted the 42.2-kilo­me­tre marathon in a per­sonal best of 5:23.08, of three min­utes and 52 sec­onds faster than his pre­vi­ous best time of 5:27 set in Ot­tawa.

“We waited at the start line from 7:45 a.m. un­til just af­ter 9 a.m. A 40-kilo­me­tre-per-hour wind was blow­ing along Univer­sity Av­enue. The tem­per­a­ture was mi­nus-4 with the wind chill fac­tor,” he re­lates.

He for­got his shorts, but he was wear­ing long pants, along with three shirts and three pairs of socks.

“I ar­rived at the start line and af­ter about 15 min­utes I looked down and re­al­ized I had for­got­ten my shorts. No one no­ticed or they were just be­ing po­lite.”

The cold was “ex­treme,” he says, con­ced­ing that the con­di­tions ag­gra­vated the ef­fects of the mar­row trans­plant he un­der­went to beat leukemia, of a hip re­place­ment and of the her­nias caused by the surg­eries.

“I shiver un­con­trol­lably. A lady race walker hugged me be­fore the race started. Her com­ment, ‘You are re­ally shiv­er­ing.’ I was.”

Plac­ing third in the walker cat­e­gory, he was first in his age group (65-69), and the only one in that group to fin­ish.

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AGAINST THE WIND: Bob Hardy faces his tough­est test.

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