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    A 49-year-old athlete has completed a marathon run across the dead tracts of Australia.

    Mr. George?

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    LV Perdon running along road with heavy traffic - car escorting

    TRACKING SHOT Perdon running

    SV Crowd looking on

    SV PAN Perdon crosses tape

    SV Onlookers

    LV Crowd gathered around Perdon

    SV Reporter Rex Mossof interviewing Perdon

    Rex Mossop: "Were there any stages during the, won't call it race, during the run when you thought you wanted to give it up; any stages where your physical ability nearly packed up?"

    Perdon: "Not really give it up, but one morning in the Nullabor I got up and I ran ten miles. I staggard back to the caravan and I sand I'm finished. you know, I felt depressed or something."

    Mossop: "What? Montally, not physically?"

    Perdon: "Physically. I had staggered over ten miles and, anyway, I had breakfast and then I said I'll go out and see what I can do and then I walked another twenty miles, had dinner. Just before dinner I felt good and after dinner I ran another forty straight off. When I felt terrified I did sixty."

    MOSSOP: "What was the worst part of the trip, apart from that Nullabor?"

    Perdon": "Yes. We had a couple of rough days. The first day out of Melbourne was pretty rough up to Sydney; head wind and hot, and up (Words indecipherable) was pretty steep and coming into Yass and Gundagii,l very hilly and I was wet and cold -wind blowing straight in your face all day. I don't know how I put sixty together but I just kept staggering along."

    Mossop: "Well, ;the thought that comes to my mind is why does a 49-year-old man run this incredible distance?"

    Perdon: "Well, I just like running. It's like a hobby with me."

    Mossop: "You've been running professionally for a long while?"

    Perdon: "Oh yeah. I've been running all my life. I run twenty miles day at training, so it's only an extension of my training anyway, this."

    Initials ESP/2119 ESP/2117

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    Background: A 49-year-old athlete has completed a marathon run across the dead tracts of Australia.

    Mr. George Perdon, from Melbourne, took 47 days to run from Perth, on Australia's west coast, to Sydney, on the east coast -- some 3,000 miles over some of Australia's most rugged terrain.

    He arrived in Sydney on Saturday (29 September) one day ahead of a much younger runner, 34-year-old Irishman, Tony Rafferty, who ???ot out from Perth one week earlier than Mr. Perdon.

    Mr. Perdon expects to receive 5,000 Australian dollars (GBP 3,125 sterling) offered by a television station for the first man to run across Australia from West to East.

    Perdon was greeted by hundreds of cheering spectators as he made the final run into Sydney.

    He said he'd claim a world record for the run, which, he said, cost commercial backers 44,000 Australian dollars (GBP 27,500 sterling) to stage.

    The two runners disclaimed that they were competing, although rivalry was intense. At one stage in South Australia, one runner threatened the other with a writ -- but both finished the marathon on friendly terms.

    SYNOPSIS: Heavy traffic greeted a forty-nine-year-old athlete as he arrived in Sydney after running across the dead tracts of Australia. Mr. George Perdon took forty-seven days to run from Perth to Sydney, three thousand miles across rugged terrain. He said the run cost commercial backers forty-four thousand dollars. He expected to receive five thousand dollars from a television station for the marathon feat.

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