RUNNING MATES: Ron Strauch and Col Cafferky.
RUNNING MATES: Ron Strauch and Col Cafferky. Trevor Veale

Running away with medals

TWO Woolgoolga men are proving you're only as old as you feel as they tackled Gold Coast Marathon events - and came out on top.

Ron Strauch and Col Cafferky, who are 75 and 69 respectively, have come home victorious from the 5.7km Challenger last week, Ron with a third place in the 70-75 age group and Col with a first in the 69 years.

The pair met at Woolgoolga Veterans Golf but quickly hit it off sharing a love for their other passion - running.

"I hadn't run in years but Col was on my case about getting back into it so that's what I did," Ron said.

Col has competed in the Gold Coast Marathon events for the past five years, placing in the top three in the 65, 66, 67, 68 and 69-year-old categories.

Ron's running career was a little further in the past, as an avid runner he was chosen to run in the torch relay for the 1956 Olympics.

While Col said he enjoyed the challenge, Ron said he was determined to be more fit for next year's event.

"I thought, 'why am I doing this' every inch of the way," Ron laughed.

"I'll do it again next year and make sure I'm fitter than I was this year."

Col said the jokes are on when they hit the golf course at Safety Beach.

"Ron and I pass each other on the course and often joke that it's lucky we're good at running - because we're certainly no good at golf."



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