Australia’s ath­let­ics roy­alty turns back the clock at the age of 52

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THE sun glis­tened and the wa­ter sparkled as Steve Moneghetti made Hamil­ton Is­land his king­dom for the day.

The 52-year-old is Aus­tralian ath­let­ics roy­alty, but it was Hamil­ton Is­land’s Hilly Half Marathon that he ruled on Sun­day, clock­ing a course record on the way to victory.

De­spite a nag­ging achilles in­jury, Moneghetti fin­ished the “un­be­liev­ably tough” course in 1.36.22 to beat reign­ing cham­pion James Tunna and Richard Banks.

Moneghetti, who has raced Olympic and Com­mon­wealth marathons, said the trek looked like a but­ter­fly but stung like a bee.

“There aren’t many as tough as this,” he said.

“If you climb such high peaks you de­serve a beau­ti­ful view and the view from the look­out is just amaz­ing, look­ing right across the is­lands... that’s a view worth run­ning up there for.

“There weren’t a lot of flat sec­tions ei­ther. It was ei­ther pretty steep up or pretty steep down and that’s re­ally un­usual.

“A bit of ex­pe­ri­ence and years of train­ing prob­a­bly helped me out there.”

Moneghetti ad­mit­ted the course sur­prised him be­fore the race and said it was an achieve­ment to cross the line.

“I didn’t re­alise un­til I got up here just how hilly it was and I kind of pan­icked a bit yes­ter­day (Satur­day),” he said.

“I went for a run down around Coral Cove and I got re­ally sore quads and I thought ‘if that’s just an easy 7km run how hard is the half go­ing to be?’.

“It was un­be­liev­ably tough and once you’ve fin­ished you’ve got a great sense of sat­is­fac­tion.

“At the end of the day we’ve all had a win be­cause it’s such a tough course.”

Lo­cal run­ner Lloyd ClodeRoberts won the un­der-30 cat­e­gory and fin­ished eighth of all men while Fred Diedler, of Proser­pine, claimed sec­ond in the over-50s.

Pho­tos: Keagan Ryan

HILLY HALF: Ben Cooper charges up a hill dur­ing Sun­day’s race.

STRENGTH OF MIND: Richard Banks flexed his mus­cle to fin­ish third over­all.

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