YOU may have seen Daryl Wiblen running about the streets of Gympie.
He confessed, he usually got beeps from car horns – people showing their support.
The keen runner was recently awarded a silver medal in the Australian Masters Athletics 3km steeplechase, held in Brisbane.
“I hadn’t done it since I was about 20. I thought I would give it ago. It was a shock to the body,” Wiblen said.
Steeplechase is a race like hurdles, where competitors jump over and walk on top of obstacles, and do a water jump – seven times.
“It’s not something I usually do; a lot of clubs don’t do it. It was a tough race; once you start the adrenalin kicks in.
“I just couldn’t run that last bloke down. He beat me by 50 metres.”
There were 11 runners taking part. Six were in Wiblen’s age group 45-49 years old.
Wiblen, 47, said he runs every day, including weekends, either in or near Gympie, or training with the Maryborough athletics club.
“I started running for fitness and after a while I got to enjoy it and it became a bit of a habit.”
He either runs 13km or 35km, taking about 50 minutes up to 135 minutes.
Now Wiblen is looking to train some up-and-coming Gympie middle distance runners and has started a running group on Wednesdays from the Rattler.
He is also training a steeplechase, hopeful from Hervey Bay.