Brooks, FredFred Brooks M (AUS), geb. 1934-00-00
Fred Brooks, at the age of 67, had set himself the challenge of becoming Australia’s oldest Centurion. He had watched Merv Lockyer complete his 100 mile in 1996 at the age of 65 and had been inspired to have a go himself. Fred had been a very good walker in England in the fifties and early sixties before migrating to Australia and putting his efforts to work and family. Now after over 30 years break from walking, he was back into his stride and walking confidently and strongly at an opening rate of 3 minute laps. During the whole 24 hours, his pace never really rose above 3:20 laps and his two 50 mile splits were quite even. He passed a tiring Michael Harvey with a couple of hours to go and stormed home in 22:31:15. Fred's performance also qualified for new Australian Ultra records for the 65+ group for 12 hours, 50 miles, 100 km and 100 miles even though he walked rather than ran!