Beyond Endurance: The Westfield Sydney-Melbourne Ultra-Marathon – a tale of legends!

The Westfield Sydney to Melbourne Ultra-Marathon was made famous by a most unlikely hero in 1983.

A 63-year old potato farmer, Cliff Young – who trained in gumboots – shuffled his way down the Hume Highway to blitz the field and win the inaugural event.

I was asked to manage the race the following year and we were able to develop it into the Worlds richest, longest and toughest ultra-marathon which soon attracted an international field – including a Greek running sensation, Yiannis Kouros.

This is the story of the one of the most dramatic races with two legends in 1987.

(First published in Australian Runner magazine: Vol 4 No 3 – 1987)

Charlie Lynn
Race Director: 1984-1991