Slade keeps his en­gine tick­ing over

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - MACKEN­ZIE RAVN

RUN­NING a half- marathon is chal­leng­ing enough but for V8 Su­per­car driver Tim Slade, this week­end’s Gold Coast event is sim­ply a warm- up for the Townsville 400.

The Su­percheap Auto Rac­ing Holden driver will put on his run­ning shoes for the 22km event at this week­end’s Gold Coast Marathon, just a week out from the Townsville 400.

Slade, 29, and his girl­friend Dani Byrnes will both com­plete the half- marathon on Sun­day and Slade said it was a great ad­di­tion to his fit­ness reg­i­men ahead of the next V8 Su­per­cars event.

“It might seem sim­ple to sit and drive around, but you use ev­ery part of your body,” he said.

“Your legs con­stantly move around with the ped­als, you need a good core be­cause there are lots of G forces with cor­ner­ing, ac­cel­er­at­ing and brak­ing, and your up­per body wres­tles the wheel and gears for hours.

“I did the Gold Coast half­marathon a cou­ple of years ago when it didn’t clash with the Cas­trol EDGE Townsville 400 and I did the Cairns halfiron­man last year and a few other lit­tle sprint and Olympic dis­tance triathlons as well.”

Pic­ture: JERAD WIL­LIAMS

PUMPED: Tim Slade and Dani Byrnes, ready for the Gold Coast Marathon.

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