Leslie Ion, Surf Beach blitzes Canberra Times Fun Run

Leslie Ion, 80, of Surf Beach, completed the the 2015 The Canberra Times 10km Fun Run in less minutes than his age.

Leslie Ion, 80, of Surf Beach, completed the the 2015 The Canberra Times 10km Fun Run in less minutes than his age.

A Surf Beach octogenarian has run the 10km Canberra Times Fun Run in less minutes than his age.

Leslie Ion, who celebrated his 80th birthday on Thursday, finished the Sunday, September 6, event in 78 minutes, well inside his goal of 80 minutes.

Running in the 70 to 99-year-old age group, Mr Ion finished 9th of 11 contenders.

Of a total of 1526 runners who finished the 10km course, Mr Ion came in at 1388 position.

He was 716th of 762 male runners.

Mr Ion crossed the finish line flanked by four generations of his family.

He ran alongside his grandchildren and great-children wearing "Grumpy Old Man T-shirts".

He said it meant "everything" to have them there.

"Sometimes you need a shirt to show your support," his granddaughter Heidi Yates said.

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