Charles Eugster has made it onto the big screen! He features in “The Pacemakers”, a new documentary about senior athletes competing in Masters Athletics competitions, including the world championships in South Korea. The film, which features SGSC’s video of him setting his new age-group world record for the 200m - the video which went viral and brought him to the world’s attention - premieres at the East End Film Festival on Sunday July 2nd.
Here is a brief description of the film from the EEFF’s website:-
“Charles Eugster, a two-time champion sprinter, is 97 years old. Now he’s competing at long jump, and is preparing for the world championships in South Korea, where thousands of senior athletes are set to compete. A poster boy in the world of senior athletics, Charles is also one of the oldest on the circuit, competing in his own 95+ age category. Meanwhile, the slew of younger men waiting to take his place at the top – the UK’s Dalbir Singh, Dixon Hemphill from the United States, Jim Sinclair from Australia, Hugu Delgado from Peru, and Ziyong Wang from China – are preparing for their own face-off in Perth, Australia. You’d think that all of this would be of concern to Charles. But much to the dismay of his coach, Sylvia, he’s more preoccupied with his pursuit of a potential new girlfriend, in Selah Hennessy’s uplifting, touching portrait of growing old at high speed.”
We are very glad that Charles Eugster's influence continues even after his sudden death earlier this year.