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John Bannon remembered as a passionate runner

Posted December 14, 2015 17:56:12

John Bannon was much more than just a premier, he was a tenacious runner, clocking up 28 Adelaide marathons among 1979 and 2006, say members of the South Australian Road Runners Club.

Peter Slagter ran the inaugural Gawler to Adelaide marathon with Dr Bannon in 1979 and the two became portion of the so-known as Magnificent Seven, a group of guys competing to run the most Adelaide marathons consecutively.

“Back in 2005, him and I and another chap had been the final three left standing who had carried out all the marathons and the year after it was only John and the other guy,” Mr Slagter mentioned.

“John attempted to do that one particular soon after a key surgery that he had, some four weeks soon after the significant surgery and Angela, his wife, and I had been standing on the side lines considering ‘John, what the heck are you doing?’

“That just shows you the tenacity of the guy. However he only lasted five ks but he wanted to be the last man standing to have completed all the Adelaide marathons.”

The South Australian Road Runners Club has paid tribute to Dr Bannon on social media, saying he holds the equal ideal typical operating time more than 25 Adelaide marathons of three hours and seven minutes.

His very best time was in 1983, when he ran a marathon in two hours and 44 minutes.

“Most of us runners try and strive to do a 3-hour marathon and he has accomplished most of these 28 under three hours so as an athlete he was quite excellent. I do not know how he identified the time to do it,” Mr Slagter stated.

He stated that when Dr Bannon hit the road, he was just like any other runner.

“The beauty about this running game is it is a hell of a leveller,” he said.

“You could be operating effectively in this case, politicians or the dustman next door or anyone, and John was one of these guys who did not want to be up there.

“He was just a regular guy and you could talk to him on any level.”

His old operating mate recalled one instance of this being his choice of operating attire.

“His dress sense when it came to running was constantly a funny issue due to the fact him and his black shorts, it was always a topic of conversation at the coffee shop afterwards simply because John never ever wore the up-marketplace Nike style shorts and this kind of issue,” mentioned Mr Slagter.

Dr Bannon was a life member of the South Australian Road Runners Club, and Mr Slagter mentioned he would be sorely missed in the operating community.

“We missed him in the final seven years, due to the fact of his illness he wasn’t running. I’m sure I can speak on behalf of the running fraternity that we’ll miss him even more now.”

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