PITY the crook who tries to shin it from Victorian Police Sergeant David Eadie.
Eadie might be outdone in a sprint, but he’ll eventually catch his man.
The 38-year-old last month became the Australian ultra-marathon champion when he won the national title on the Gold Coast.
It was a 100km race – there were four 25km loops from Broadbeach to Palm Beach – and he came home in seven hours and 40 minutes.
It was taxing, he said, but easier than the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run in California, which Eadie completed last year.
He was the second Australian home and finished 30th overall, in a time of 21 hours and 20 minutes.
“It’s run through the Sierra Nevada mountain range and it’s extremely hilly,” he said.
“The terrain on the Gold Coast was a lot friendlier!”
In preparation for the national title Eadie competed in a 24-hour track race at Coburg. After 18 hours his body told him he had gone on for long enough, but he’d churned out 165kms.
Even as a kid Eadie covered a lot of ground. He completed three Melbourne Marathons before he was 14, running alongside his father, George, a former Scottish professional soccer player. Later, Eadie was on the fringe of the elite distance running scene. He was fourth at the 1996 Australian cross country championships, was fifth in the 1997 City to Surf in Sydney in 1997 and won a 10km Victorian road title in 1998.
Lining up against a field that included a young Craig Mottram, he ran off in the 2000 Olympic trials for the 1500m.
Between 2002 and 2006 he competed in triathlons, including the famous Hawaii event.
Ultra-marathon running was a natural progression, he said. He entered the nationals and finished third.
Eadie, of Highett, runs or rides to his work in the city every day. But he says long-distance running is as much a mental as physical test.
For the US event he rehearsed in his mind how he would get through certain stages.
“If you apply visualisation techniques to any project or problem, you’ll get through it,” he said.
“Most people can’t commit to a goal or they can’t work through strategies to get them there. They’re very negative.
“But from day one I thought, ‘Nah, I’ll do well in this event’.”
Out of police hours Eadie does corporate work on goal-setting and motivation.
He said the satisfaction of getting through a race was immense.
“Like I was saying to someone the other day, the only thing I’ve ever been good at and got total enjoyment from is running,” he said.
“It’s taken me around the world, it helps me be a positive person, it makes me feel good when I complete a goal.” His national win qualified him for the world ultra-marathon championship in Italy in November.
How will he fare? “Australians traditionally don’t get right to the point end because you’ve got Russian and Japanese runners who just kill it. They’re just freaks,” he said.
“They’ll run 6 1/2 hours. If you can run between 7 and 7 1/2 hours you’re towards the pointy end of the field. Top 25 would be a very good result for me.”