Weise gun­ning for an­other na­tional land­mark

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - TOM BOSWELL

IT’S longer than the Gold Coast Marathon and held in the heat of sum­mer but Kyle Weise is still con­fi­dent he can add an­other na­tional longdis­tance run­ning record to his name.

The South­port res­i­dent will race in to­mor­row’s 50km event at the Gold Coast 50 Run Fes­ti­val where he will be aim­ing to

break Aus­tralia’s un­der-25 record of three hours, 37 min­utes.

“Train­ing has been go­ing well so ev­ery­thing seems like it is fall­ing into place,” he said.

“It prob­a­bly wasn’t the smartest idea to go for it in the mid­dle of De­cem­ber on the Gold Coast but why not? I run these paths all the time.

“To equal the record I’ll have to run about 4.19 min­utes per kilo­me­tre but I’m go­ing to

try to go quicker than that. The plan is to try to run un­der three hours and 30 min­utes which will be about 4.10 minute pace per kilo­me­tre.

“The wind is sup­posed to be blow­ing southerly so hope­fully we have it on our back com­ing home.”

The course will start just south of Kur­rawa surf club, go north be­fore go­ing to Coolan­gatta and back.

Weise holds three un­der-20 Aus­tralian records in­clud­ing the 50km, 50 miles and 100km and will aim to se­cure the 100km un­der-25 record next year.

Race di­rec­tor Shane Smith’s Sport 3 Events com­pany bought the race af­ter the 21st run­ning of the event last year and has nearly dou­bled the num­bers to just more than 2000 par­tic­i­pants.

“It’s a good way for the Gold Coast com­mu­nity to get out and en­joy what is spec­tac­u­lar about the city which is the fore­shore that fol­lows the coast­line,” Smith said. “Our course is ex­tremely unique.”

Among the other com­peti­tors will be English­man Lee Gran­tham, an elite run­ner with 75,000 In­sta­gram fol­low­ers who has pre­vi­ously run 50km in 2 hours 59 min­utes.

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