Colin Noble, at the Gold Coast half marathon, will run in the New York City Marathon this year.
Colin Noble, at the Gold Coast half marathon, will run in the New York City Marathon this year. Contributed

First-time marathon runner bound for Big Apple event

A RETURN trip from Gladstone to Tannum Sands by car sometimes drags.

But Colin Noble will compete in the New York City Marathon over a distance a little more than that.

The 28-year-old has been anxiously waiting the past five years to take part in the annual 42km marathon.

As part of the marathon tradition, he will raise money for a charity, his being Ronald McDonald House Australia.

He chose the charity because he knows people who have benefited from its services.

"When my boss, Tyrone, had his son, Bailey, he wasn't very well. They paid for his accommodation in Brisbane so he didn't have to be away from his son," Colin said.

Colin has been training four or five days a week in the lead-up to the marathon, which will be held on November 3.

His training includes running, bike work and light weights.

This will be his first full-length marathon, and he aims to complete it in around four and a half hours.

As the countdown to the big day has begun, he's calling for donations via rmhcfundraising.org.au/colin_noble to help reach his goal of $2000.



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