Cox con­quers Big Ap­ple marathon

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Robert Dougherty

Six months of in­tense train­ing has been ful­filled, with Broome’s Scott Cox pound­ing the pave­ment in the New York Marathon.

Cox was one of 10 Indige­nous Marathon Project run­ners to fin­ish the jour­ney in a field of 50,000 com­peti­tors for the 42.2km race last Sun­day, af­ter tough­en­ing up through­out the year for the event.

“The at­mos­phere was amaz­ing, with peo­ple shout­ing and sing­ing, and the sup­port of the crowd re­ally helped,” he said. It wasn’t an easy feat for the Broome res­i­dent, with an ex­tra layer of dif­fi­culty added by scat­tered show­ers on course, but he crossed the line in a time of 4hr 35min. 2sec. — Kenya’s Ge­of­frey Kam­woror won the event in 2:10:53.

“It was harder than I ex­pected — I hit the wall around 29 or 30km and the re­main­der of the run re­ally hurt,” he said.

“The whole year has been such hard work, and hav­ing Adrian (head coach Adrian Dod­son-Shaw) see some­thing in me I didn’t know I had, it made me very emo­tional to see him at the end of my run.”

Dod­son-Shaw said watch­ing each mem­ber of the squad run over the fin­ish line was an emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I se­lected these men and women for IMP be­cause I saw in them the qual­i­ties of strength and re­silience and the abil­ity to lead by ex­am­ple,” he said.

“They’ve com­pleted one of the hard­est things you can put your­self through.”

Pic­ture: Indige­nous Marathon Foun­da­tion

Broome’s Scott Cox, Kar­ratha’s Natasha Shires, Perth’s Al­lirra Win­mar and Luke Reidy at the race.

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