Olympian, 80, dressed down for running up escalator

I live for these stories. Under the headline “Man, 80, reprimanded for escalator run,” UPI reports out of Farnham, England: “An 80-year-old former Olympic hurdle runner said a Farnham, England, store has threatened to ban him if he is caught running up a down escalator a second time. Peter Hildreth, who represented Britain at the Olympics in 1952, 1956 and 1960, said he used to train for his sport by running up the wrong escalators and decided to try out his old training regime as his 80th birthday approached, The Daily Mail reported Monday.” A longer story is here.

The UPI account continued:

“I started doing it last month because I was turning 80. People did not see me do it to start with, I must have done it three or four times,” he said.
Hildreth said he was finally caught by the head of the women’s underwear department at the top of the escalator and was given a stern talking-to by store manager Graham Duerden, who said the elderly man was violating health and safety rules and setting a bad example for young people.
The former athlete said he has had his fill of his old pastime.
“I am not going to do it anymore,” Hildreth said. “My wife will be annoyed about me doing it, she does not know until now.”

Set a bad example?
Heck, Peter, you are Our Role Model of the Month!
Our hero at the scene of the crime:

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July 29, 2008

4 Responses

  1. Liz Palmer - July 29, 2008

    Ah, he used to be a hurdler. That explains everything. Go Peter!

  2. Thomas Fahey - July 29, 2008

    Peter should act his age, sit in the food court, and stuff his face with steak and kidney pie.
    On the other hand, Peter looks very fit, so perhaps there is something to his training method.

  3. Susan Wiemer - July 29, 2008

    I hope I am still able to misbehave on my 80th birthday. God love ya!
    Susan Wiemer

  4. al cestero - July 29, 2008

    he..he ..he…i’ve got a smile on my face a mile wide…as a fellow hurdler, i want to be like him, as i get older,God willing. albert

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