- Anthony (Tony) Linturn trumps a 26 year old American to first place
- Tony’s running career equates to a distance of running around the world 22 times
- Tony trained on average three hours a day at The Marlow Club, Bucks
- Global competition launched in January 2014 by US fitness company MYZONE
A 70 year old Maidenhead man has cycled past some of fittest people in the world to win gold in a global fitness competition.
Tony Linturn, who trains at The Marlow Club, took part in MYZONE’s global ‘Movers of 2014’ competition and worked out he would need to hit the gym for a minimum of three hours a day, 365 days of the year to take the top spot.
Tony’s fitness career puts most of us to shame having been a competitive endurance athlete for 25 years, running a jaw-dropping 80-90 hours per week and completing the London Marathon in a mere 2 hours and 31 minutes. If you totalled his lifetime’s running hours, it would equate to a distance of him running around the world 22 times.
Tony didn’t start racking up his gym hours until Jan 13th due to a fall from his bike. Despite his slow start and taking just four days off training in 2014, he beat athletes in their mid 20s to the title.
For the majority of Tony’s challenge he had training partner, Mike Peachy (62), by his side to spur him on. The two gents spent a lot of their time at their local gym, The Marlow Club as well as numerous hours on their road bikes. Peachy, 62 years old, came fourth overall in the global competition.
Tony commented: “Having Mike and everyone at The Marlow Club, especially my spinning group, supporting me throughout the challenge made the world of difference and kept me going until the end.”
“Doing this challenge was the toughest thing I have done in my life but it did mean I got to eat five jam doughnuts a night as a treat! This is the type of challenge I enjoy and I’m pleased I can still do it at 70 years of age so I’m hoping my story will only inspire others”.
Steven Smith, Indoor Cycling & Spin Coordinator at The Marlow Club adds: “We loved supporting Tony throughout his year-long challenge yet always ensuring he was training safely, to his optimum endurance levels – which is higher than most of our younger members!”
Tony is a real asset to our club and everyone here would like to congratulate him on such a fantastic personal achievement.”
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