today i learned – fri 20th apr 2018

you know that i said yesterday’s fact blew my mind? 😅 well, this one is something else 🤯

it also has an heir on hilarity to it … so we’re winning all round! 😏

#tdil an untrained potato farmer once ran the sydney to melbourne ultramarathon and won … by a long way 🙈

right, before we get into the meat of this, it’s worth me giving you a bit of background about the mental marathon! basically, competitors run a massive 544 miles (875km) 😱 from westfield parramatta in sydney to westfield doncaster in melbourne 🙈

as you’d imagine, competitors are usually hardcore athletes that have trained for years … 61-year-old potato farmer cliff young was not 🙈

in fact, cliff didn’t even rock up to the marathon with any specialist gear when he entered in 1983. nope, he ran the marathon in nothing more than his work boots and overalls 😳

(he did, however, leave his dentures behind … they apparently rattled when he ran 😂)

when the race started, all of the competitors launched off the line, leaving cliff behind 😕 instead of a fast run/jog, cliff did a super slow run 🤷🏻‍♂️

how did he win? well, when all of his competitors stopped for a six hour sleep … cliff kept running … and running … and running … continuously for five whole days 🙈 the dude was a machine!

turns out, cliff’s job as a potato farmer has seen him run after sheep every day of his career; sometimes he’d spend two or three days continuously running after sheep as he herded them 💪🏻

cliff ended up finishing the race in five days, 15 hours and four minutes … two days faster than the previous record! 😱

here’s where cliff becomes not only amazing but also a super good guy 😏 the prize for winning was $10,000 … but cliff felt bad accepting the prize as he thought everyone had worked as hard as him 🙂

his solution? split the prize money equally between the other five runners that finished 🙈 keeping zero for himself! 😍 like, what a great guy!? 😱

this has ended up longer than planned, so i’m going to go now 🙈 but yeah, i hope that you’ve enjoyed 😏

bye! 🙌🏻 #tdil

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what an awesome (long) fact 😁 i actually love this one 😏 if you fancy more fact goodness, take a wander over ->here<-

(so, picture license time! image one is ->here<-, two is ->here<-, three ->here<-, four ->here<- and the header ->here<-)

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