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North Burnett athletes realise their dreams
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.