Ronald Moreton Grant was a reasonable runner as a schoolboy who showed a preference for longer distances. He attended a talk by legendary coach Arthur Lydiard in New Zealand in the 1960s and became hooked with the long-distance training regime.
Grant's fastest marathon was run in 1969, before he helped to establish the Caboolture District Amateur Athletics Club. He was the organiser of the Queensland Marathon Championship from 1974 to 1982. His sporting & administration achievements were recognised by being awarded the Queensland Sportsman of the Year in 1983, Queenslander of the Year in 1984 & the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1984.
His insatiable desire to run longer distances led to a string of solo long distance runs including his most well-known run around Australia in 1983. This was a 13,383km continuous run, requiring a minimum of 20km every day with no rest days, that he completed in 217 days for an overall average of 61.67km per day.
Following his retirement from active running having achieved all there was to conquer in solo & adventure running, he put efforts into organising races including the Nanango 1000 Mile Track Race, Nanango 5-Day Stage Race (330km), Nanango State Forest Race (50km) & Caboolture Dusk to Dawn 12 Hour Race. During this time he was the first President of the Queensland Ultra Runners Club.
Over his 30 years as an active runner Ron Grant ran 147,692km at an average 96km per week.
|1977||Bundaberg to Caboolture|
|1979||Sydney to Brisbane|
|1981||Simpson Desert||379 km||4 Days 11hr 44min|
|1983||Around Australia||13,383 km||217 Days|
|1985||Simpson Desert||379 km||3 Days 21hr 40min|
Ron is recognised by the Australian Ultra Runners Association in the Hall of Fame.
|1986:||Desert runners set hot pace||Desert race men vow never again|
|1985:||Runner Ron ready for a 400km jog into the unknown||Running at night, Ron beats the fiery Simpson Desert|
|1983:||Distance Record||A champagne welcome after 8300km run||World record on Nullabor|
|A hero heads for home, 14 pairs of shoes later||Champagne, a bit of cake, and the marathon man is off and running||Lemon pudding treat for 13,393km on the trot|
|13/11/1999||QMRRC Rainbow Trail Run||3||7:22:08|
|28/10/1995||QMRRC Rainbow Trail Run||12||1:59:04|
|01/06/1995||Australian 48 Hour Track Championship||12||179.600 km|
|30/04/1995||Mt Mee Classic 50km||10||5:27:05|
|25/03/1995||Red Rock to Coffs Harbour||12||5:08:10|
|25/02/1995||Caboolture Historical Village Dusk to Dawn 12 Hour Track Race||2||102.000 km|
|07/01/1995||Centenary Lakes Track Race||11||52.101 km|
|04/12/1994||Nanango State Forest Race||28||7:17:00|
|30/08/1993||Nanango South Burnett Pioneer Foot Race||6||43:15:49|
|05/06/1993||Queensland 24 Hour Track Championship||2||172.000 km|
|28/03/1993||Queensland 6 Hour Fun Run||3||58.560 km|
|06/12/1992||Nanango State Forest Race||5||6:12:00|
|31/10/1992||QMRRC Rainbow Trail Run||0||DNF|
|31/08/1992||Nanango South Burnett Pioneer Foot Race||4||40:17:09|
|26/06/1992||Caboolture Multi-Day 48 Hour Track Race||1||249.000 km|
|18/11/1990||Campbelltown Australian 6 Day Race||20||501.568 km|
|03/11/1990||QMRRC Rainbow Trail Run||6||5:49:24|
|08/09/1990||QMRRC Dawn to Dusk 12 Hr Run||5||101.190 km|
|25/08/1990||Glasshouse Trail Runs||6||6:36:12|
|19/08/1990||Queensland 5 Hour Fun Run||15||47.600 km|
|03/03/1990||QMRRC 8 Hr Fun Run||25||50.000 km|
|19/11/1989||Campbelltown Australian 6 Day Race||13||254.400 km|
|04/11/1989||QMRRC Rainbow Trail Run||6||5:38:24|
|02/09/1989||QMRRC 8 Hr Fun Run||13||71.000 km|
|15/04/1989||QMRRC Dawn to Dusk 12 Hr Run||9||103.530 km|
|05/01/1986||Simpson Desert Crossing||1||89:52:00|
|04/01/1985||Simpson Desert Crossing||1||93:40:00|
|01/05/1981||Simpson Desert Crossing||1||107:44:00|
|07/10/1979||NSW 50 Miles Championship||26||7:20:05|
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