By VIRGINIA WINDER
GARTH GILMOUR needs a holiday.
For the past few years the former journalist has been working on two books at one time, both with and about Olympic gold runner and scientist Peter Snell, who was born at Opunake.
Instead of taking time out, Gilmour is painting the inside of his Milford house.
His exercise of choice is cycling. For years he jogged great distances, but in his own words: “I have knackered knees from my late and overenthusiastic running burst…”
He has a bike for long rides in the open air, and one inside set on rollers for days when the great outdoors is unappealing.
You see, he is a man who acts on what he says, sagely, following the advice and information laid out in Use It or Lose It, the science book he co-wrote with Snell.
The book’s sub-heading says: Be Fit, Live Well – Keys to Successful Ageing for Men and Women.
This is the second edition of Use It or Lose It, first published last year. The new version will include information about the benefits of the fatty acid, Omega 3.
Its relaunch coincides with the release of Peter Snell – From Olympian to Scientist, destined for bookshops in November.
In December, Gilmour turns 82. “It’s just a number – it just gets a bit bigger each year.”
This is his second double.
He began is book-writing career working on No Bugles No Drums (about Peter Snell) and Run For Your Life (with running coach and jogging guru Arthur Lydiard, pictured with Gilmour left), both released in 1965.
The new Snell biography condenses the earlier book, and also tells the story of a boy who failed at school but ended up with a PhD in exercise physiology.
Snell has now been awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre in Dallas, where he is an associate professor and director of the human performance laboratory.
He’s also a long-time orienteering runner and, of course, champion.
The secret to both men’s success is simple – don’t even think about stopping.
But I think Gilmour deserves a holiday.