RUNNING ON: Leading the 8km run Jackson Elliot makes the 5km checkpoint during the 2011 Botanic to Bridge.
RUNNING ON: Leading the 8km run Jackson Elliot makes the 5km checkpoint during the 2011 Botanic to Bridge. Jen Tybell

Jackson’s born to run and driven to win

HE'S already got the hat-trick in the bag, but Jackson Elliott is hoping the fourth time will be the charm at the Botanic to Bridge on Sunday.

He loves to run and he loves to win.

"I have always enjoyed the course and it has been great to see the event grow," he said.

He said he particularly liked the tough hill at the beginning and the long gradual downhill heading into town.

"I also enjoy how the community gets behind the event," he said.

"It is wonderful seeing children and families out participating and having a run.

"I generally run about 150-160km a week so I have been doing a lot of training.

"I am building towards the Bridge 2 Brisbane and the Australian Half Marathon Championships in Sydney in September, so the Botanic to Bridge will give me a good indication of how training is going."

The Marymount primary teacher from the Gold Coast said running was part of his life.

"I find that running is a really effective way to maintain good fitness when time poor. There's not much equipment required for running," he said.

Elliott said one of his recent high-profile rivals was Michael Shelley.

"Whilst he is a long way ahead of me over the marathon distance I would like to think I am a chance over a 5km or 10km, although he is one of the toughest athletes I have ever come across," he said.

"As for competitors for Gladstone B2B, there are always a few locals and a few boys from Brisbane that head up to try and take the title."



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