Tony Abbott, Australia’s Prime Minister, turned to me on a beach in August last year and said “Are you running hard or soft?”
We happened to be crossing the starting line at the same time in a fun run along Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
I spent the next 13 km trying to come up with a more witty and erudite response than, “Ummmm, I dunno?”.
Mr Abbott, obviously spurred on by my brilliant insight, sprinted up the beach on the hard sand, and beat me by more than 7 minutes.
He’s quite fast for a Prime Minister. But to be fair, he was then leader of the opposition.
You’d be forgiven wondering how he finds the time for a fun run, let alone the ironman triathlons he also competes in.
Tony Abbott is far from unusual when it comes to sporty world leaders. John Howard, Australian Prime Minister from 1996 till 2007, made a point of walking every morning, and reportedly clocked up 20,000km over the 11 years he was in office. He encouraged people to walk whenever they could,
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