Cliffy as character

Here’s another great item from Michael Madigan, the writer from Brisbane who is frequently featured in the Winnipeg Free Press. A lad from the farm stunned elite runners with his amazing fitness, winning the gruelling 875 km race. A true Aussie yarn worth telling in print, and now on the screen.

BRISBANE — In 1983, a 61-year-old Australian farmer won the Sydney to Melbourne ultra-marathon and the nation fell in love with its own Forrest Gump.

Long before baby boomers began warbling about re-defining the aging process, Cliff Young, who spent much of his working life as a sheep dog, demonstrated age can be nothing more than a state of a gloriously unsound mind.

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