Fa­ther and daugh­ter coast to the sum­mit

Nelson Mail - - NEWS - TIM O'CON­NELL

Dad led the way grow­ing up – now Nel­son’s Steph Mar­shall has fi­nally caught up to her old man’s win­ning ways.

Af­ter two con­sec­u­tive sec­ond place fin­ishes in the Coast to Coast moun­tain run event, 24-year-old Mar­shall won both the over­all women’s and Open 18-39 cat­e­gories, com­plet­ing the 30.5km course in a time of 4 hours 29 sec­onds and 54 sec­onds.

‘‘It’s prob­a­bly the most pos­i­tive run I’ve had through there – my build up was re­ally poor so I went in with quite low ex­pec­ta­tions and I think that lack of pres­sure cer­tainly helped.’’

‘‘I had quite an ag­gres­sive fu­elling plan go­ing in and I just felt good on the day so I went ‘stuff it, we’ll push a bit harder than nor­mal’.’’

In a per­fect fam­ily dou­ble, her fa­ther Rob took out the Clas­sic 50-59 age group in 5:17:10.

‘‘She had an ab­so­lute blinder this year – she fi­nally broke that hoodoo and ab­so­lutely flayed her old man,’’ Rob said.

Fri­day’s moun­tain run is the only com­po­nent of the Coast to Coast’s 243km course that is also run as an in­di­vid­ual event.

In her fifth race to Klondyke Cor­ner, 24-year-old Mar­shall also over­came a lengthy in­jury lay­off to claim her first moun­tain run ti­tle, hav­ing rup­tured a lig­a­ment in her an­kle in mid-2017.

Un­able to run for four months, she was left with only four weeks to train for the event.

‘‘When you keep com­ing sec­ond you get that de­ter­mi­na­tion to win it ... Coast to Coast has been a fam­ily event through the years with my fa­ther do­ing it so I’ve grown up with it.

‘‘So I was do­ing ev­ery­thing I could to make sure I could be there.’’

A for­mer Nel­so­nian who now man­ages the Mon­teith’s brew­ery in Greymouth, Rob said the lure of com­pet­ing in the Coast to Coast hadn’t dimmed since his de­but in 1995.

How­ever, he had taken a more re­al­is­tic ap­proach to train­ing in re­cent years.

‘‘It’s ac­tu­ally pretty easy to mo­ti­vate my­self – it’s one of those events that’s got a re­ally neat buzz about it, whether it’s the na­ture of the course, the na­ture of peo­ple or the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

‘‘With work­ing long hours you’ve got to take into ac­count things like re­cov­ery – you can’t go out and smash your body ev­ery day then ex­pect to bounce back like you’re 25 – it doesn’t hap­pen that way.’’

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