Run­ners get tips from star ath­lete

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

HAMIL­TON Is­land Hilly Half Marathon par­tic­i­pants learnt from the best on Satur­day, tak­ing part in a rare op­por­tu­nity with Aus­tralian ath­let­ics cham­pion Steve Moneghetti.

More than 80 keen run­ners were all ears dur­ing Moneghetti’s clinic on Hamil­ton Is­land, tak­ing in the Olympic and Com­mon­wealth games’ star’s ad­vice.

The 52-year-old said tack­ling some­thing chal­leng­ing like the Hilly Half Marathon could be helped by break­ing the course into sec­tions, like a re­lay race.

Moneghetti also re­flected on his vast his­tory in ath­let­ics, telling the au­di­ence about his rise to the top.

Moneghetti said for most of his youth he was only an av­er­age run­ner, but came into his own at 17 – when he took on his first open cross-coun­try event.

“I didn’t have trou­ble when the dis­tance moved out.

Photo: Keagan Ryan

LES­SON: Steve Moneghetti ad­dresses an ea­ger au­di­ence on Hamil­ton Is­land on Satur­day be­fore the Hilly Half Marathon.

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