West German grandads took the honours in the annual Grandfathers' Race run over 5,000 metres (5,600 yards) in Bad Brueckenau today (Sunday).
GV Competitor limbering up
GV Competitor running on the spot
SV & CU Competitor being massaged
TV Race begins
SV Pan runners along
Travel shot runner along road
SCU Runner's legs TILT up to runner
Travel shot along crowd
SV Runner finishes
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Background: West German grandads took the honours in the annual Grandfathers' Race run over 5,000 metres (5,600 yards) in Bad Brueckenau today (Sunday).
The competitors for the three are groups were out early for the limbering-up session. The juniors of the day were the 55 60 years-olds, with Herr Invar Kruzyki taking the honours. Herr Fritz Helber took first place from the other 61 - 65 years-olds, and August Groenwal, 66, won the over-65's group.
A notable absentee was Paavo Nurmi....the 'flying Finn'. He's 70 now, but he said last month that he'd be taking part in the race as usual.
A spokesman for the race organisers said that Nurmi, who was a record-breaking middle distance runner 50 years ago, had not given any reason for withdrawing. But, added the spokesman, "he is very shy about appearing in public and that is probably the reason why he did not turn up".