Records set to fall in Run­ning Fes­ti­val

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH

TOWNSVILLE Run­ning Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers are op­ti­mistic two records could be bro­ken at to­mor­row’s event, with favourable over­cast con­di­tions fore­cast.

Syd­ney- based Ethiopian Sa­muel Ge­bremichael has been tipped as the man to beat in the marathon with his per­sonal best time five min­utes bet­ter than the event record, and he has his sights set on mak­ing the 2020 Olympics.

Last year’s marathon win­ner De­jen Ge­bre­se­lessie, the youngest win­ner of the marathon event at 23 in his first pro race, has his sights set on smash­ing the half marathon bench­mark.

Liz Maguire, who fin­ished se­cond in the 2015 race, is the favourite to take out the women’s marathon.

“I have run a sub- three ( minute time) on the Gold Coast and a cou­ple of times in Mel­bourne but never here in Townsville, I would love to change that this week­end,” she said.

Lo­cal Sam Mur­phy will com­pete in the half marathon to help main­tain a fit­ness base for Iron­man 70.3 events later this year, which fea­tures a 3.8km swim, an 180km cy­cle and 42km run.

“Of­ten with the half marathon it just al­lows me to keep go­ing with my train­ing and tar­get some Iron­man 7.3 races later in the year,” Mur­phy said.

“It’s a good speed test. I re­ally en­joy that dis­tance, it’s a good chal­leng­ing dis­tance and al­ways some hot com­pe­ti­tion come up through it and it should be fast con­di­tions, es­pe­cially if it stays over­cast.

“Like any race you’ve still got to pace it, you can’t go out crazy and ex­pect to fin­ish strongly.

“It’s long enough to fall apart and walk home if you go too hard.”

The Townsville Marathon will kick off at 5.30am at Jezzine Bar­racks.

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