Tweed's seniors master sports

PROVING that that you're only as old as you think you are, members of the Twin Towns Services Runners and Walkers Club continue to excel at their chosen sports.

Jerry Riley, 80, Alison Worrall, 87, and Peter Barry, 75, have been named the club's 2010 athletes of the year for the Runners and Walkers Club after picking up a string of medals at various masters events.

Alison starred at the Alice Springs Masters Games, picking up gold in the 5km cross country, 5km walk, 50m and 100m breastroke and freestyle, while also picking up silver in the 50m backstroke.

“Really, I was just looking for an excuse to visit Alice Springs,” she said.

“It's a beautiful place and the Games were exceptionally well run.”

At the Pacific Masters Games, Peter was a standout, picking up a swag of silvers in the 100m and 200m sprints, 80m and 300m hurdles as well as the long and triple jump.

“I've always loved the sprinting and jumping events,” he said. “Now I've won over 300 medals so I'm very pleased with what I've achieved.”

Completing one marathon is quite an achievement, but that pales in comparison to Jerry who completed his 146th marathon on his 80th birthday.

The astonishing feat was completed at the Melbourne Marathon in October with his daughter and grandson also competing.

“It's got to be an Australian record,” Runners and Walkers Club committee member Terry Cokeley said.

Terry said the club's athletes of the year award winners were an inspiration to all.

“They are just three of the most amazing people you'll ever meet,” he said.

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