Staying on at Tigers
Challenge set: runs marathon in every state
Marie Doyle is a one-ofa-kind competitor.
Doyle completed her 12th Melbourne Marathon in as many years recently and has her eye on a 42.195 km race in each state before she retires.
With a personal best time of three hours, 42 minutes, Doyle said it might be a stretch to beat her best in years to come as her legs get more battered.
But that does not mean she will not give it her best as she tick off her goal at marathons across the country.
‘‘I have a few more earmarked and I would like to get those done,’’ Doyle said.
‘‘It’s a bit of a staple for me now, I seem to keep coming back and doing (the Melbourne Marathon). It’s nice and close and I know the course quite well now.
‘‘My ultimate goal is to head around the country, I’ve already done ones on the Gold Coast and in Tasmania — the Cadbury Marathon in Hobart — so I would like to do one in each state and I’ve a few picked out which I hopefully can get done,’’ she said.
The 12th and most recent Melbourne Marathon was her 14th in total and Doyle said it was one of the hardest yet.
‘‘We got there on a tough day, it was just hot and windy. Not nice conditions at all, but I got it done and finished.
‘‘I was happy with my time because of that — it wasn’t a PB by any stretch, it just over the four-hour mark, I think it was 4.02 or 4.03.
‘‘Most of my training had been in cooler weather, so I really hadn’t had much hot weather during, and for Melbourne’s standards it was quite a warm and windy day, I remember a lot of people struggled,’’ she said.
Doyle does most of her training by herself, but is part of the CobramBarooga Runners Club, which is a key part of her support system during training and races.
‘‘They provide some really good support and they always come down with me to Melbourne for support. It’s important to be part of a club that supports runners like they do and it’s good to get their advice and help with things.
‘‘And even as far as your family it’s really important that they kind of understand your commitment to your training,’’ she said.
Doyle said although the training was getting harder with each year passing, she still enjoyed the thrill of crossing the finish line after months of hard work.
‘‘While I can keep running and keep enjoying it I’ll just keep doing it, I have no interest in stopping yet and it’s a great way to release stress and have a bit of down time,’’ she said.
South African cricket sensation Wian Van Zyl has put pen to paper and signed on with Cobram for the 2019-20 Murray Valley Cricket Association season.
After plundering big runs on a weekly basis, Cobram president Paul Hyde said there was always a lingering fear the Tigers’ prized asset would be pried away at the end of the season, so he was understandably thrilled with the opening batsmen’s decision.
‘‘We were sort of thinking there was a chance another club would come along and poach him because he has set tongues wagging around the region,’’ he said.
‘‘We thought somebody would probably be able to offer him a bit more than we could offer him and he would move onto greener pastures but he’s found that he’s been openly accepted at Cobram and he is really enjoying his time at the club.’’
In what seems like a staggering piece of hindsight, to Hyde’s knowledge, Van Zyl’s talents were seemingly overlooked by a host of other clubs before he signed with the Tigers.
‘‘We were basically the only club that would give him a go according to his father, so I suppose he has repaid us by re-signing and of course all the runs he has made this year,’’ he said.
‘‘Clubs just seemed to pass him by and we thought we’d get him to come over and give it a crack and see how he’d like it here.’’
Not surprisingly, Hyde said the club moved quickly to secure Van Zyl’s signature.
‘‘We have criteria we set and want players to meet and he has met them so it was an easy decision for us,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s good he’s decided to stick around. He probably indicated four or five weeks ago that he was keen to stick around next year as well.’’
While he has let his bat do the talking, Hyde said Van Zyl’s personality and influence around the club had been just as important as his mountain of runs.
‘‘He’s had a positive effect on our younger players and the group as a whole; he’s a good person to have around the club.’’
End game: Marie Doyle has completed her 12th Melbourne Marathon in 12 years. She has now set her sights on marathons in each state.
Re-signed: Cobram Cricket Club president Paul Hyde congratulates Wian Van Zyl on re-signing with the Tigers.