Run ticked off list

Age no bar­rier for Colleen to run her first half marathon and take one item off her bucket list

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT - Erica Murree

A COU­PLE of glasses of red wine the night be­fore may have given Colleen Cun­liffe and Amanda Trig­ger the added lift as they con­tem­plated their first half marathon.

Ac­cord­ing to Cun­liffe, a mo­tel owner, when you are fit it doesn’t af­fect you

Al­ways a sporty per­son, Cun­liffe took up run­ning only 12 months ago.

On Sun­day the duo took part in the Multi Sport Fes­ti­val at Noosa, which in­cluded cy­cling, swim­ming and run­ning.

Cun­liffe said it was mas­sive and it brought in $5.5 mil­lion for the week­end.

The Biggen­den women ran times of 2 hours 17 min­utes for Cun­liffe while Trig­ger came in eight min­utes ear­lier over the 21.1km course. Cun­liffe was pleased as punch.

“This is an­other thing I want to do ticked off my bucket list,” she said.

Why would a per­son want to run 21.1km at 63 years of age?

Cun­liffe’s an­swer was sim­ple – it’s the next thing up from five and 10km.

“Be­ing able to run this dis­tance at my age, I hope it in­spires other peo­ple to have a go,” she said.

“Ev­ery­one has a rea­son to run. I do it be­cause I like it. “I like the vibe.” Her train­ing lead­ing up to Sun­day in­volved run­ning a loop from Biggen­den to Degilbo via Seccombe Rd and then back to Biggen­den via the Biggen­denGooroolba Rd.

Fol­low­ing closely be­hind is her great sup­port, hus­band Jim on the bike.

Those who know Cun­liffe wouldn’t be sur­prised to learn she ad­mit­ted she could still talk while she ran.

Also on Sun­day Cun­liffe got to meet her coach for the first time in per­son.

She said he was there to call her over the line.

“I have un­der­taken my train­ing through on­line coach­ing with him through the in­ter­net,” she said.

Cun­liffe said she would have a rest be­fore a 10km race on the Sun­shine Coast.

“I will prob­a­bly stick to this dis­tance in fu­ture,” she said.

“It’s an hour and you’re fin­ished.”

Cun­liffe said she didn’t have the time or com­mit­ment to put into train­ing for a marathon.

Colleen Cun­liffe I hope with I do at my age will in­spire other peo­ple to do the same

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