Inspirational 60-year-old runner beats 20-year-olds and breaks records

Christine Adamson is breaking records on the athletics track at age 60, after picking up competitive running just one ...
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Christine Adamson is breaking records on the athletics track at age 60, after picking up competitive running just one year ago.

For some athletes, breaking a record can take years of hard training.

For 60-year-old Christine Adamson, it's taken just 12 months.

The Parnell resident is shattering any arguments of old age along with a handful of running records despite only starting to run competitively last year.

She picked up four gold medals at the recent World Masters Games in Auckland and won the Waiheke 10km road race last month in a record time, beating athletes a third of her age to finish first across all age groups.

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And she admitted it wasn't something she thought would happen.

"I just started entering 10km road events just for fun," Adamson said.

"I found after a while I could always win my age group so then I got interested in seeing how much further I could go with it."

As it turned out, she could go very far.

In the last 12 months, Adamson has broken the Auckland Masters Records for the women 60 age group in the 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, 10,000m, and 10km road race.

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She holds three NZ Masters titles in the 1500m, 5000, and 10,000m. 

"It's almost like it's taken me a long time in my life to find my niche," Adamson said.

"I had never stepped on a proper athletics track in my life until July last year."

She's also just two seconds off the New Zealand Masters record for 1500m, which she'll look to break this year.

Next year, she'll fly to Spain to compete in the World Masters Athletics Championships - the most competitive athletics competition in the world for her age range.

She runs six times a week including a run from her doorstep to St Heliers and back - 18km in total. She also attributed her success to trainer Hayden Shearman who picked her up when she started a year ago.

Before taking to the track, Adamson was dreading turning 60, but running has opened up a whole new world and she's recommending it to everyone.

"Its never too late to take up that thing you always secretly wanted to do," she said.

"Perhaps when you were younger you knew you were good at something and you can come back and do it at any time."

 - Stuff

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