New York will be three out of six for Raisa’s world marathon goal

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By DARCEE NIXON

Age: Favourite song? Favourite colour?

Four (holds up four fin­gers) Ev­ery­body

Umm... Pink and pur­ple. And all the colours.

Favourite game?

It’s Elsa. You press (presses hand down on ta­ble) and you go to a dif­fer­ent land.

Who is your best friend? Michael

What makes you laugh? I don’t know

What makes you sad? Miss all of my friends that are out of Dubbo. I wanted to see Nan and Pop at their new house but I didn’t.

What are you afraid of? Of lions and tigers. The other day I thought I saw a ze­bra.

If you could change your name what would it be? Jeph­cott What are you re­ally good at? Kick­ing balls and

draw­ing and do­ing dance moves

Do you have any jokes to tell me?

No (smiles and shakes head). And I do like Alan­nah. I’ve got a sis­ter named Gracey. Gracey Jeph­cott. It’s a long name but it’s a good one.

What is your favourite thing to eat for lunch?

Noo­dles, pasta, wraps and ba­con beans on toast. What is your favourite fruit? A ‘nana and ap­ple. That starts with ‘a’ too. And a pear and a ‘nana.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a fire girl and take care of pup­pies and kit­tens and lots of things. An­i­mals get hurt.

How old is grown up? When I turn five. I’m go­ing to turn five next year at Septem­ber. THE Ab­bott World Marathon Ma­jors is a se­ries con­sist­ing of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world. It’s a mas­sive achieve­ment to com­plete the Ab­bott sex­tet and be­come a ‘Six Star Fin­isher’, and lo­cal lady Raisa Kolesnikova is train­ing hard to earn that hon­our.

Ms Kolesnikova has al­ready com­pleted the Tokyo and Bos­ton Marathons in fine form and now has her eyes on the New York City Marathon.

Out of the 56,000 run­ners from around the globe at the Bos­ton Marathon, she was the only per­son to hail from Dubbo, and her great time at Bos­ton earned her a time-qual­i­fied guar­an­tee en­try into the New York City race.

She de­parted Dubbo yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31) and will ar­rive in New York to­day (Thurs­day, No­vem­ber 1) ahead of her race day this Sun­day, No­vem­ber 4.

It is cur­rently win­ter in New York, and Ms Kolesnikova can only hope that the weather will not be too rough for the 42.2km run, af­ter be­ing used to the dry heat of Dubbo.

“The se­ries has at­tracted a lot of crazy run­ners like my­self,” she laughed.

“There is a lot of train­ing in­volved, but it is re­ally re­ward­ing. I’m a very com­pet­i­tive per­son. When I run, I give it my best shot and I am al­ways hop­ing for a per­sonal best time,” she told

Be­yond New York, Ms Kolesnikova’s goal is to com­plete the Chicago and Ber­lin Marathons next year and fin­ish with the Lon­don Marathon af­ter that.

“I want to in­spire other peo­ple that just be­cause you are old, it doesn’t mean you can’t run. If you want good health, move­ment is the best ther­apy.

“I loved sport, but I never thought that I could run long dis­tances. I ran my first marathon at the Dubbo Stam­pede. The New York Marathon will be the twelfth marathon that I have run,” she said.

“My dream is to run a marathon when I am 80.”


Raisa Kolesnikova’s train­ing ground has been along the Mac­quarie River ahead of com­pet­ing in this week­end’s New York Marathon.

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