Hamil­ton Is­land’s hilly marathon still go­ing ahead

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUN­NING: The wind swept through Hamil­ton Is­land but the hills stood firm so the chal­lenge for ath­letes re­mains and the Stam­ford Fi­nan­cial Hilly Marathon is go­ing ahead.

To be held on Sun­day, April 30, the event wel­comes run­ners of all abil­i­ties and in­cludes a marathon, a half marathon, a 3x7km re­lay and ju­nior fun runs over 3km, 1.5km and 500m.

The race was head­ing for a new course this year re­gard­less but with work still be­ing com­pleted on clear­ing and re­pair­ing trails, race di­rec­tor Steve Jack­son has found a new and equally chal­leng­ing course in a new lo­ca­tion al­to­gether, with the race to be staged on neigh­bour­ing Dent Is­land.

Run­ners will take the short ferry ride across the cham­pi­onship golf course. Marathon com­peti­tors will run four laps of the course, whilst half marathon run­ners will com­plete two loops.

As any golfer who has played on the course will tell you even the bug­gies strug­gle around the course on Dent Is­land, so the run­ners will face no less a chal­lenge than the usual in­fa­mous hilly course, with sig­nif­i­cant climbs at the 3rd, 10th and 17th holes as well as count­less un­du­la­tions along the way. The course will utilise both the con­crete cart path and lush fair­ways and the surer foot­ing might see some speed­ier times.

Reg­is­tra­tions are open and with the race start time al­low­ing for dis­counted travel on the early Cruise Whit­sun­days ser­vice for both com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors, there is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for Whit­sun­day ath­letes to race.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter con­tact Steve Jack­son on 0408 236 483 or visit their web­site hamil­ton­is­land.com.au.

PHOTO: ADAM STARR

BIG EF­FORT: Run­ners cheer each other on at the Hamil­ton Is­land Hilly Half Marathon last year.

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