Rees sets sights on yet more records
HE will be 60 on his next birthday, but Martin Rees is not ready for life in the slow lane just yet.
Far from it, in fact.
A couple of years ago the remarkable veteran road runner from Cwmavon had been halted by a troublesome Achilles problem that threatened to end a career that had seen him break a string of national and world records.
But having toyed with the idea of hanging up his road-running shoes for good, the Swansea Harrier is now back pounding the roads and back breaking those records.
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In the recent Cardiff Half Marathon, Rees sliced an incredible three minutes and 11 seconds off the previous age grade world record to finish 23rd overall. He was also the fastest over-40 over the line.
"I am back running 70 to 80 miles a week and enjoying it," said Rees.
"I am 60 in February and then it will be a case of trying to break the over-60 world records from 1500m up to half marathon.
"When I had the Achilles problem I didn't think I would run competitively again, I tried to do a bit of cycling to build the strength up and after seeing a specialist about the injury he said I could give it a go and it has been fine.
"I broke the five-mile world record for a 59-year-old in Gloucester recently and was delighted with how it went in Cardiff."
Rees is set to run in the Pembrey Multi-Terrain 10 mile on November 25, the 25th anniversary of the race.