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