World’s best job winner improves big-time

2010-06-01 00:00

THE man with the world’s best job finished the oldest, biggest ultra marathon on Sunday.

Ben Southall, from the UK, completed the Comrades Marathon in nine hours and 32 minutes, knocking 50 minutes off his previous run in 2008.

Southall is the tourism ambassador for the state of Queensland in Australia, a position he obtained after he was chosen from 35 000 other candidates for “the best job in the world”. He spent six months on the pristine Hamilton Island blogging his adventures for a pay cheque of $150 000.

Now he jets around the globe creating links between Queensland and other regions and countries, like the partnership between Queensland and KwaZulu-Natal, which were recently twinned.

Southall braved the cold on Sunday morning with the 16 700 runners at the start. But before he could concentrate on the 89 km ahead of him, he had diplomatic responsibilities to fulfil.

“Having the chance to meet the mayor and other dignitaries before the race signalled the start of a great friendship between KwaZulu-Natal and Queensland. And appearing on SABC at 5 am was a chance to tell the watching public all about the relationship,” he said.

It was a scramble for Southall to make his way from the interview to the starting position in the throng of runners. He got into the spirit by belting out his version of the national anthem: “I joined in with as much as I could remember,” he said.

“To come back to KZN and take part in the Comrades has been nothing short of incredible, and I will return one day very soon. My time can be bettered ... after, all I want a green number [which is awarded to runners who complete the marathon 10 times].”

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