Happy Birthday Bob!!


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On this day in 1947, a boy Robert Stanton Harlow was born to Frank and May.

Bob as Pirate Bob Half Ironman

On this day in 2005, Bob (a.k.a. Rob; a.k.a. Boy Harlow) is cycling between Tam Duong and Sa Pa in northern Vietnam. This will include a climb of 1,900m and no doubt a few cleansing ales at the end of the day. There is meant to be the most spectacular scenery today, although also the hardest day of cycling. It will be a challenge after being woken during the night with a rat gnawing his toe. He did not sleep after that.

Bob and Friend celebrating at Cancun Bob XTerra

Happy Birthday Gorgeous! How can I summarise Bob's achievements in a few lines? When I met Bob in 1990, he was an accomplished if steady middle of the pack runner with a marathon PB of 2:42. There were only three trophies in the house, and although keen, he was not a contender amongst his peers. Since then however he has gone from strength to strength, especially since turning his attention to ultras, and thence triathlon and duathlon events. The highlight must be his age group win in the World Duathlon Championships in Alpharetta in 2002, however participation in events all over the globe, including the Comrades, Powerman Zofingen and Austria and many World Championships must be up there. He is also a hell of a nice guy!

Bob during swim at Cancun


Lunch stop at com pho, Hoa Binh


He is able to combine his love of travel and sport with a great attitude to life, interest in politics, great wine and food, music and good friends.


5 Responses to “Happy Birthday Bob!!”

  1. Blogger Gronk 

    HB, B !

    G :)

  2. Blogger Luckylegs 

    Happy birthday, Bob!

    Loved the post & pics, FD!

  3. Blogger Aki 

    What a great looking guy :)

    Happy Birthday Bob!

  4. Blogger Sarah 

    Hear hear - a wonderful guy. A lot of people look up to Bob, he really is an inspiration to us all.

    Happy birthday Bob!!!!

  5. Blogger Horrie 

    Happy birthday Bob. You guys are very lucky to have each other. I love reading posts like these. See you in Sydney when you come up for some of your target races Flash Duck.

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