SCHOOL teacher Jackson Elliot took out first place for the men's open 8km category this Botanic to Bridge for the fifth time in a row.

The Gold Coast athlete blitzed through the track in 25 minutes placing him first in the overall event.

Mr Elliot teaches at the Marymount Primary School in the Gold Coast and although he has always enjoyed running, has only recently become heavily involved in doing so.

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"Both running and teaching are passions of mine and I couldn't just pick one. It's all about balance. One's a career and one's a hobby, but I love doing both.

Over the last three years Mr Elliot has been participating in various fun runs and competitions all over Australia.

"I'll continue to run competitively because I love doing it. I hope to always get across the finish line first or knowing I did the best I could have done," Mr Elliot said.

"In 10 years time I hope I'm still running - obviously I won't be as fast," he laughed.

"But I hope I can look back and be proud of what I have achieved and how I spent my life."



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