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