THREE numbers are all it takes to show how fit Warrnambool runner Kevin Lyons is.
He sets himself to run 10 kilometres in under 40 metres when he hits the pavement — and he’s 60 years old.
“I’m surprised with myself. I’m lucky I can still run well,” Lyons said yesterday.
“I’ve got no injuries or ailments at all. It might be genetic luck. I can still move quite freely and am generally injury-free.”
Lyons has returned from his first Australian Masters Games at Geelong with three medals — two gold and a silver — hanging around his neck.
The gold medals came in the men’s 60-64 years 800 metres and 1500 metres while the silver was for the 10-kilometre race.
But more than the medals, which add to a running resume which includes 30 marathons, it’s his times which stand out.
Lyons’ 10km effort was just outside his benchmark, an impressive 40 minutes, 51.4 seconds.
His 800-metre time was 2.33.00 while his 1500-metre time was 5.09.72.
“I’ve never been involved in the Masters Games before. I didn’t know what to expect,” he said.
“Particularly being the Australian Masters Games, I thought there might’ve been more interest in the runners.
“I was most pleased with the 800 and the 1500. It was a good track to run on at John Landy Field. I’d never run there before.
“I haven’t done track and field before. I’ve been mainly focused on distance running over the years.
“It was a bit of a change to go into the middle-distance running, the 800 and 1500.”
Lyons was one of dozens of south-west athletes who competed in the Australian Masters Games.
Others to return home with medals included Warrnambool runner Jenny Dowie, in the women’s 50-54 5km and 10km races.
Dowie was the first woman home in the 10km race, beating counterparts almost a decade younger than herself.
Terang trio Lisa Chesshire, Bob Caversan and Richard Wearmouth were also among the placings.
Chesshire won silver in the 40-44 women’s hockey competition, playing for Victoria Gold.
Caversan took home gold in the soccer and silver in the basketball in the 40-44 years section.
Wearmouth earned silver in the 60-64 years 100 metres and 200 metres.
Warrnambool swimmer Noel Ryan won six gold medals in the 70-74 years section, breaking three state records in the process.
And Laang boxer Pip Hannagan took gold in the 35-39 years 57-kilogram novice division.