No place like home for run­ner

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie

ADRIAN Whit­taker’s marathon ca­reer started 12 years ago and has taken him from be­ing out of shape at 110kg to com­ing sixth in the 2017 Ul­tra­man Hawaii cham­pi­onship.

The Port Dou­glas run­ner will com­pete in the Great Bar­rier Reef Marathon later this month and he in­sists there is no place like home.

“Run­ning is all about en­joy­ing the sur­round­ings and the Great Bar­rier Reef is one of the most beau­ti­ful places in the world,” he said.

For those look­ing to take on a marathon, his ad­vice is to start slow.

“The mis­take most peo­ple do is try and run as fast as they can right at the start, and it’s not en­joy­able,” he said.

“We get caught up in a world of stats and records, but if you’re not en­joy­ing it, you’re go­ing to get weighed down.”

The Great Bar­rier Reef Marathon Fes­ti­val is on Oc­to­ber 28, with events kick­ing off from 5am at Port Dou­glas.

To reg­is­ter, visit www.great­bar­ri­er­reef­marathon.com.au

Pic­ture: STEW­ART McCLEAN

Port Dou­glas marathon run­ner and pre­vi­ous Hawaii Ul­tra­man champ Adrian Whit­taker will be run­ning in the Great Bar­rier Reef marathon.

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