You can do it! You just have to be­lieve...

North Bur­nett ath­letes re­alise their dreams

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

AF­TER months of pound­ing the coun­try roads around the North Bur­nett, the train­ing paid off for a group of run­ners who took part in the re­cent Gold Coast marathon.

Hear­ing all the great com­ments af­ter the Gold Coast marathon event last year, Coal­stoun Lakes friends Michelle Seabrook along with Ni­cole Gibbs, Kim Cor­field and Amanda Trig­ger de­cided they wanted to be there this year and so started train­ing for their events back in Fe­bru­ary.

For Michelle Seabrook this was her sec­ond half marathon af­ter com­pet­ing at the Sun­shine Coast last year.

She said she was happy with how she ran and set­tled in a com­fort­able pace early on.

“I had been fol­low­ing a run/walk train­ing plan,” she said.

“I was pleas­antly sur­prised and pleased that I was able to run the full dis­tance and the time that I achieved on race day.”

Michelle said it was a great friendly at­mos­phere at the Gold Coast.

“Peo­ple cheered you on (es­pe­cially other RMAs - Run­ning Mums Aus­tralia), drum play­ers play­ing drums on a street cor­ner and kids hold­ing en­cour­ag­ing signs along the way.

“As this event is held dur­ing school hol­i­days, it was also great that our hus­bands and kids could be there to sup­port us and watch us run over the fin­ish line.”

Michelle plans to con­tinue train­ing and do the oc­ca­sional park run at Her­vey Bay or Mary­bor­ough when she can.

“I will also be reg­is­ter­ing to par­tic­i­pate in a cou­ple of fun ob­sta­cle/fun run events that are com­ing up dur­ing the next few months,” she said.

Mun­dub­bera’s Sue Trott said if any­one had ever asked her when she first started run­ning 12 months ago if she would run a half Marathon she would have hon­estly laughed at them.

“Well 12 months on and I’ve done it,” she said.

Due to liv­ing on a cat­tle prop­erty one hours drive to her near­est town her six months of train­ing for the event was com­pletely solo.

“Oh, apart from the odd snake, dingo, wild pigs and our cat­tle,” she said.

As the event drew closer Sue needed to change from run­ning on rough gravel roads, dirt tracks and cat­tle pads and learn to run on bi­tu­men.

“So be­gan my 45 minute drive at stupid o’clock on a Satur­day morn­ing to my near­est and safest bi­tu­men for my long runs.

“This def­i­nitely paid off,” she said.

“The day of the half marathon I can’t be­lieve how ex­cited I was, no nerves just ex­cite­ment.

“To cross the fin­ish line was amaz­ing and some­thing I’ll never for­get.”

Sue is look­ing for­ward to the half marathon at the Cane 2 Coral on Au­gust 7. For Kim Cor­field run­ning her first half marathon was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I loved do­ing the run with my train­ing buddy Nic,” she said.

“We high-fived ev­ery­one and cheered and talked the whole way.

“I am look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing again next year.”

Daugh­ter Ge­or­gia did the 2km dash.

With more than 900 kids in the race Ge­or­gia was happy not to get run over by mums and their prams.

Last year Amanda Trig­ger watched a dear friend Julie Chap­man bat­tle and sur­vive breast cancer.

With Julie’s son Darcy de­cided to take on the chal­lenge of run­ning the Gold Coast Marathon to raise valu­able funds for breast cancer re­search.

Amanda said the train­ing was all con­sum­ing.

“It has ruled my life for the last four months,” she said.

“The run­ning of the ac­tual marathon was a roller coast ride of emo­tion.

“It was filled with highs and low lows and def­i­nitely was the great­est phys­i­cal and men­tal chal­lenge I’ve ever faced.”

Amanda said the sup­port of fam­ily and friends along the course was cru­cial in keep­ing her go­ing.

“The huge crowds cre­ate an amaz­ing at­mos­phere,” she said.

“We both fin­ished in just over five hours, with smiles on our faces and more im­por­tantly, com­bined, man­aged to raise more than $3000.”

Will she be do­ing it again next year?

Amanda said to ask her again in a few months.

Darcy Chap­man de­cided to run for cancer to put him through a small amount of pain for others who go through so much.

He said his story was not much dif­fer­ent to many others as cancer would af­fect and im­pact ev­ery­one’s life in one way or another.

“Early last year my mother was di­ag­nosed with breast cancer which came as a huge shock to us as a fam­ily.

“The next year’s jour­ney changed our fam­ily for­ever but made us stronger and closer.”

Darcy said the pain peo­ple go through for treat­ment of any type of cancer is tough.

“As a by­stander it was with the feel­ing of help­less­ness you will never truly un­der­stand,” he said.

“My jour­ney has brought me to the Gold Coast marathon to try to help raise funds for re­search, treat­ment and de­tec­tion of cancer.

“My story has a happy end­ing with my mother be­ing cleared but there are many others who are not able to say the same.”

He urged ev­ery­one to do­nate to the cause as any­thing peo­ple could do to help truly did make a dif­fer­ence.

1: Ge­or­gia Cor­field. 2: Kim Cor­field, Amanda Trig­ger, Michelle Seabrook and Ni­cole Gibbs. 3:Amanda Trig­ger and Darcy Chap­man. 4: Ni­cole Gibbs, Kim Cor­field, Alex and Jayne Evans and Michelle Seabrook. 5: Sue Trott. 6: Sue Trott with Michelle Seabrook, Ni­cole gibbs and Kim Cor­field. 7: Darcy Chap­man.


Amanda Trig­ger at her first marathon.

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