Run­ning to­wards fit­ness

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

COLLEEN Cun­liffe has taken up run­ning so that it might in­spire other Biggen­den women to take part in some runs as a group.

Run­ning in her sec­ond 5km event, Colleen tested her­self in the Gold Coast Marathon.

Over­all there were 27,000 run­ners and walk­ers in a va­ri­ety of cat­e­gories.

“This was the first time I’d com­peted in such a big event – it was very well or­gan­ised,” she said.

“What was mag­i­cal was each of our bibs has an elec­tronic tag so that our start and fin­ish times were recorded.

“In my race over 5.7km

Colleen Cun­liffe

I’m not rac­ing for a time, but rac­ing for my­self.

there were 3500 par­tic­i­pants. In my age group, 60-64 years, there were 90 women – twice as many as the men.

“I think more women are con­scious of their health. There were even 80-year-olds run­ning.

“It’s not about win­ning but get­ting out there and be­ing ac­tive.

“I’m not rac­ing for a time, but rac­ing for my­self.

“But I was sur­prised when check­ing the fi­nal plac­ings that I had placed third.

“I though ‘my God, I can’t be­lieve that’.

“There are no prizes, just self-sat­is­fac­tion.”

Colleen trains ev­ery day and cor­re­sponds with her Bris­bane-based coach via email. “I have to think of my age and don’t overdo my train­ing,” she said.

“I have started lift­ing weights at the gym this past week.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GREAT EF­FORT: Colleen Cun­liffe (cen­tre) was third in her age group against 90 other women in the 5.7km run at the Gold Coast.

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