Mark Purvis


Nickname: Hutz
Vital statistics (2013): Born: 4 June 1957, Height: 175 cm, Weight: 60 kg
Family: Married to Candice
Interests outside running: Golf (Royal Melbourne GC), Melbourne Football Club, singing
Why I started running: Experimented with lots of sports at school and had immediate success with running
First joined the Midday Milers: 2007 at the invitation of Ross “OST” Becroft
Running highlight: First Australian finisher in the 1992 Tokyo Marathon in a PB 2:24.23
Sporting lowlight: 1. Hit during a run by a car coming out of a Punt Road service station and landing head first on the pavement (which may explain a few things), 2. Being tripped by Luke Yeatman in a track 5000m and landing head first on the track (which may explain a few more things), 3. Running one lap short in World Masters 10000m final in Brazil 2013 (see 1 and 2 above)
Favourite running shoe: Asics Kayano
Favourite area for training: The Tan (where else?)
PB’s: Tan 11:27, 5000m 14:58, Sandown 6.2k 18:56, 10k 31:05, Half 68:44, Marathon 2:24.23
Any pre-race superstitions: No
Most admired sportsperson: Haile Gebrselassie
Favourite food: Chocolate
Favourite drink: Summer – any good beer; winter – aged Scotch whisky
Favourite movie: Cinema Paradiso
Dream occupation: Lead singer in a world famous rock band
A little known fact about you: Co-wrote and recorded a song “Too Country For Candice” posted on YouTube. See it here
Three things on your bucket list: Watch the Demons win an AFL premiership, run Berlin Marathon, retire with a million dollars in super
Most important thing to me: Good health