Run­ners to head for the hills

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

REG­IS­TRA­TIONS are now open as prepa­ra­tions for the Stam­ford Fi­nan­cial Hamil­ton Is­land Hilly Half Marathon are well un­der­way.

Now in its ninth year, the Hilly Half Marathon has de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion as one of Queens­land’s most stunning yet chal­leng­ing cour­ses.

Fall­ing early in the run­ning sea­son, the Hilly Half, and the train­ing that comes with it, can set com­peti­tors up for a fast year.

“The strength gains that can be made by train­ing on the trails and hills early in the year help run­ners build their en­durance and pre­vent in­juries. So as we move to the flat­ter events, they can hold their speed bet­ter while other run­ners fade,” race direc­tor Steve Jack­son said.

To be held on Sun­day, May 3, the Hilly Half Marathon also pro­vides other op­tions to cater for var­i­ous abil­i­ties and age groups.

Com­prised of three 7km legs, the team event is con­sis­tently popular among par­tic­i­pants while there’s also a ju­nior op­tion which in­cludes 500m, 1.5km or 3km dis­tances.

The Hilly Half forms part of the new Hamil­ton Is­land En­durance Se­ries, also in­clud­ing the White­haven Beach Ocean Swim, Clash of the Pad­dles, Fu­ji­film Triathlon and Great White­haven Beach Run.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.hamil­ton­is­land.com.au/ events or con­tact Steve Jack­son on 0408 236 483.

HAPPY FEET: Hamil­ton Is­land lo­cal Tia Har­vey in ac­tion dur­ing one of the ju­nior events last year.

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