Gladstone Road Runners president Brett Stevens is taking on the 42km Gold Coast Marathon again.
Gladstone Road Runners president Brett Stevens is taking on the 42km Gold Coast Marathon again. Submitted

Marathon effort for athletes

HITTING three hours, 30 minutes is the aim of one Gladstone runner participating in the Gold Coast Marathon on Sunday, while another will be happy to make the finish line in the half-marathon event.

Gladstone Road Runners president Brett Stevens entered his first Gold Coast Marathon in 1997 and is familiar with the course.

In 2009, Stevens clocked 3hours 39 minutes and did the race with only a couple of lead-up 25km runs.

“I did it as a dare, because someone said I wasn't capable of doing it,” he said. “So I've replicated the training this year.”

This time will put Stevens in the top 20-25 per cent of runners in the 42km marathon.

“It's a flat course and it's good to have a look around. You need it at that stage, because it takes your mind off the pain,” Stevens said.

The race becomes more a mental challenge the longer it goes, and the 36km mark is generally where the body starts to scream, according to Stevens.

Kylee Pelling is having a crack at the half-marathon for the first time, and wants to enjoy the experience and take it all in.

“I'm doing it for the challenge of pushing myself and the self-achievement,” she said.

“Next year I'll be looking to push myself further.”

Pelling said she couldn't run one kilometre when she started two years ago, but can now run 16km. This means the 21km distance will be the farthest Pelling has ever ran, and the closer race day gets, the more the tension builds. “I'm extremely nervous and can't believe I'm doing it.”

A live coverage of the race will be streamed online and results will updated at regular intervals on www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au.



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