Gladstone Roadrunners members Ella Stevens, Lacey Thompson, Isabella Fleetwood, Sarah Fleetwood, Brett Stevens, Charmaine Thompson and Tony Sellers.
Gladstone Roadrunners members Ella Stevens, Lacey Thompson, Isabella Fleetwood, Sarah Fleetwood, Brett Stevens, Charmaine Thompson and Tony Sellers. Simon Crase

Brett has long road ahead

ONE Relay for Life entrant is looking to crack the ton when he circles the Chanel College track on July 31.

Gladstone Roadrunners president Brett Stevens expects to run 100km for the event. It is the first time the veteran runner has attempted such a feat.

His training lead-in has been the same as for the recent 42km Gold Coast Marathon – there isn't one.

“No, there's no real training. I think the body will rely on the rest in the next two weeks, and I'll be relying on base fitness,” Stevens said.

As for strategy, that isn't overly complex either.

“I'll be doing a fair bit of running and trying to knock over as much as I can while the enthusiasm and the body's still there, and hang on through the back end of it,” Stevens said.

“I recovered pretty well from the marathon, but I'm a bit nervous.

“One of the guys last year encouraged me to do it (the 100km), and it's something I've often thought of doing.”

The Roadrunners tend to live up to their name.

“Most people walk it, but the roadrunners try to run it,” Stevens said.

This will be the fifth Relay for Life the Gladstone Roadrunners squad has taken part in.

There could also be extra money in the Relay for Life kitty, thanks to the generosity of a donor willing to bet on Stevens' running ability.

“For every hour I finish earlier under the 18 hours, he'll donate more money,” Stevens said.

“That's a good incentive to keep going when it gets tough.”

Team captain Charmaine Thompson said the group was happy to take part in the event, which raises money for a worthy cause, and the club's profile.

“It's a real social night. We don't go out to race,” she said.

The community spirit is what it's all about, the man with 100km in his sight believes.

“Getting in and raising money for a good cause,” Stevens said.

“Someone knows someone affected by cancer, so that's what it's all about – paying respect to those that are doing it tough.”



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