A real man hangs in
SAY hello to Grafton’s marathon man.
“I’m not Andi Aman, I’m Andi a REAL MAN,” the 52-year-old laughs.
“That’s my running joke.”
But there were no running jokes late last month. No room. Or time.
Just sweat and exhaustion.
And 30-40km/h of hot air slapping you in the face at the Red Rock to Coffs Harbour Jetty Marathon.
“I thought about four-and-a-half hours would be a fair run. The head-wind was a bastard,” says Aman, who clocked in at 4hr 3min 56sec.
“I was getting tired but I thought, ‘Bugger it, I’ll hang in there’.
“I ran with some other guys the rest of the way.
“I thought, ‘Well I’ve hung in there so far, I’ll see how I go’.”
Aman completed the 45km beach run in a time good enough for second place.
The fact he beat many rivals 15-20 years his junior made the finish all the more special.
“I ‘died’ halfway along the beach but the others must have ‘died’, too,” he says .
“I’m not a bad runner but I’m not really up there.
“I thought it was hard enough just to make it (to the finish line).”
Aman, who moved to Grafton from his homeland Germany in 1988, is 10 years into his marathon career.
Before last weekend his highlights included three fourth-place finishes and one fifth in marathon events.
So it must have been that half-marathon he completed a fortnight ago which gave him the edge on his rivals.
An edge he didn’t always have.
“I thought training was stupid. I just didn’t want to put in the effort,” he says.
“I had been living on a farm and thought I’d been doing enough work. Then I moved to a flat I thought I better start doing more exercise.
“I couldn’t believe how unfit I was.”
His shifts as a support worker for disabled people allow Aman to train these days.
“It seems to have come fairly natural,” he says.