Albany Extra

Marathon man

- Taj Stubber

When Ralph Flowers could no longer compete in a proper marathon, he brought the marathon to him.

The 72-year-old Albany man was due to run in a Gold Coast marathon next month, but COVID-19 forced the cancellati­on of the event. Wednesday was Global Running Day, so he put his training to use and run his own marathon.

When Ralph Flowers could no longer compete in a proper marathon, he brought the marathon to him.

The 72-year-old Albany endurance runner was due to compete in a Gold Coast marathon next month, but the COVID-19 crisis forced the cancellati­on of the event.

Wednesday was Global Running Day, so Mr Flowers thought he might as well put his training to use and run his own marathon.

His marathon started at his Middleton Beach residence, and took him on a route around the boardwalk, onto the foreshore and along Frenchmans Bay Road to Princess Avenue.

Then he ran back home along the same route to complete the 42km in just under five hours.

An exhausted Mr Flowers said it felt good to finally tackle a marathon after all his training. “I had been training for a marathon in the Gold Coast, but with everything going on, I am unable to compete,” he said.

“It is Global Running Day (Wednesday) so I thought I would do my own marathon.

“It was a great day to do it, the weather was bloody beautiful. “I might do Gold Coast next year. “I know I can do the distance, it’s a matter if I can do it before the time limit.”

Mr Flowers started training at the start of the year, running a half-marathon once or twice a week along with swimming, paddling and mountain biking.

“This is my 67th year of running — it’s basically second nature to me,” he said.

“I just love the fresh air and scenery. The course I ran today was beautiful, everywhere you looked there was amazing views.”

He said he hit a bit of a wall at the 36km mark but managed to push through.

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 ?? Picture: Laurie Benson ?? Albany manRalph Flowers nears the finish of his marathon on Global Running Day.
Picture: Laurie Benson Albany manRalph Flowers nears the finish of his marathon on Global Running Day.

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