66-year-old becomes oldest man to complete Ultraman
SIXTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD grandfather of three Daryl Allen is now officially the oldest person in the world to complete the 515 kms gruelling endurance test known as the Ultraman Triathlon.
It was dusk on Noosa's Main Beach when, cheered on by spectators and fellow competitors, he crossed the finishing line on May 16, having just completed a 10km swim and 146km bike ride (Day 1), a 273.8 km bike ride (Day 2) and an 84.3 km run (Day 3).
Each day must be completed in 12 hours and Daryl, while within the required times for the first two days, had only a heart stopping 90 seconds to spare on the last day!
"I've never been so absolutely shot," he told Seniors. "It was only my crew and friends jogging with me and urging me on that got me through the last three kilometres.
"I could have happily collapsed on the ground and probably died. It wouldn't have bothered me."
Daryl is a retired stockbroker from Sydney and his extraordinary effort was sponsored. As a result the charity he has supported for 20 years, Youth Insearch, received $66,000. It delivers early intervention for young people, aged between 14 and 20, who are at risk.
"I saw a segment on television about it and it struck a chord with me so I decided to get off my arse and do something. So far my colleagues have raised about $1 million."
The first Ultraman has been held regularly in Hawaii since 1983 and has also taken place in Canada and Florida. Last year Noosa was the venue for the first Ultraman Australia.
Usually, about 40 competitors take part each time and since 1983 only 1208 athletes have ever finished the punishing course.
Ultraman Australia event co-ordinator, Dayle Jordan told Seniors the average age of competitors was about 40 and the youngest this year was 25. "Daryl's feat in doing what he did at the age of 66 is absolutely amazing," she said.