Wednesday, February 1, 2012

An Inspiration to All: Steve Jones

As I was looking through a few "well known" runners in history I came across the usual.  Steve Prefontaine, Roger Banister, Bernard Legat Etc.  But there was one that I have never heard of before, and that was Steve Jones, a Welsh athlete.
 In the European Championships shortly after, he once again competed in the marathon. Leading from the start and breaking away from the pack, Jones ran a brilliant race up to the 20 mile mark. At that point he was leading by over two minutes and on schedule for another world record. However, he then "hit the wall" and suffered terribly in the final six miles. He slowed to a virtual shuffle, but refused to quit as he watched other competitors catch and pass him.
He always gave the heart and courage that was needed to succeed in his races.  I found a video that really shows how much guts, heart, and courage this guy has. It's from 1983, from the 10,000 metres at the Brussels meet.  In the last 2 laps he leads by 25 metres.......


No one thought he could win this race, just like Satan tells us we can win OUR race in life and return to the presence of our Father in Heaven.  May we have the courage to stand against Satan, just like Steve had the courage to win this race.

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