THE BE ACTIVE CORPORATE CUP INTERVIEW

This week we talk with Euan Mackenzie. Euan is a Corporate Cup legend…he has participated in EVERY Corporate Cup since it was launched 35 years ago.

MORNIN’ EUAN. ARE YOU FIT?

Not as much as I used to be but considering I’m 78 I’m not doing too bad!

ARE YOU A REGULAR GYM-NISTA?

Yeah right! I’ve never been a man for the gym and I don’t mean to start now.

DO YOU PLAY REGULAR SPORT?

I’m the ruckman for Goodwood Saints! No, I don’t play regular sport as such but I try to swim 6 times a week during the summer and maybe 3 times a week during the winter. I take part in the Santos Corporate Aquatics Challenge that has recently finished. It’s another ‘Life. Be in it’ program.

WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND?

I was the senior researcher in the physics department at Birmingham University in England during the 60s. I used to spend quite a bit of time coming to South Australia experimenting with rockets and in 1965 decided to move to Adelaide permanently.

SO YOU KNOW ROCKETS?

I did. But I left academia to join the Air Force. Around this time I was getting a bit out of shape so my doctor prescribed exercise leading to the ‘launch’ of my running career. In fact, I ended up running three marathons during my 40s.

PB?

3.22 give or take a few seconds. That’s not too bad, is it? My PB for the Corporate Cup is 19.14 for the 4.5k.

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE CORPORATE CUP?

Through a friend who worked at Adelaide University, Keith Pavel, who was the son-in-law of the late Don Leitch, the father of the Corporate Cup. Don was the senior nutritionalist at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.) I represented the Microbiology Department team at Adelaide University and then, a few years later, the ABC!

WHAT TEAM ARE YOU IN THIS YEAR?

No team, just an individual entry. Ever since my arthroscopy I’ve been a walker rather than a runner.

WILL YOU BE TRAINING FOR IT?

No.

WHAT’S BEEN THE BIGGEST CHANGE YOU’VE SEEN OVER THE YEARS?

Well the first Corporate Cup was held on the ovals off Frome street where recorders sat at card tables under the trees, rain, hail or shine. There were 15 people in a team in those days and we ran only at lunchtime.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME EUAN. ANY FINAL WORDS OF WISDOM?

If I can do it aged 78 so can you