The Melbourne Runner
The official E-newsletter of the 2012 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival
Largest ever marathon field on cards
With less than six weeks to go, the 35th Medibank Melbourne Marathon on October 14 looks set to be Australia’s largest ever marathon. Already more than 6000 entries for the 42.2km event have been received and with the Flight Centre Half Marathon sold out, many runners are contemplating going the whole hog and taking part in what will be a historic day. If you are yet to enter and can’t decide if your are up to it, then a good test of your fitness is to go for a long run of about 25-30km at an easy pace this weekend. If you decide it’s too far, then we recommend you enter the The Coffee Club 10km or the Asics 5.7km run and 3km walk event. All events this year finish inside the iconic MCG. With the 10km Run filling rapidly, please register now to avoid disappointment. Enter at www.melbournemarathon.com.au
Active Feet Training Partner
Active feet, owned & run by Sports Podiatrists are delighted to extend the offer below to all runners in the lead up to this years Melbourne Marathon festival. In addition, it is getting close to your last chance for a shoe change pre race if you dont think your shoes are going to last another 6 weeks for the race! As Podiatrists in Sports Medicine, we frequently see issues with participants waiting to update shoes at the last minute, so take advantage of your $30 shoe voucher and drop in for your shoe inspection.
With thanks to GARMIN, we look forward to seeing you instore to take advantage of this opportunity whilst stocks last!
Newcastle’s Scott Westcott has confirmed plans to contest this year’s Medibank Melbourne Marathon, which doubles as the Australian title and also the world championship selection trial. The 36-year-old ran 64.10 in last year’s Flight Centre Half Marathon. He has run a marathon in Melbourne once before when a member of Australia’s 2006 Commonwealth Games team and he finished fourth that day in 2:16.32. His best is 2:11.37 in the 2005 Beppu Marathon.
“I strongly believe in the trial concept,’’ Westcott said. “It has the potential to prove to be an excellent stepping stone for developing marathoners to race head-to-head with major championship positions on the line.’’
Half way to stardom
Box Hill’s Nikki Chapple made a sensational return to distance running in the Victorian titles at Burnley on Sunday winning the half marathon in 71.16. We would love to see Chapple make Melbourne her debut marathon, but there were several other encouraging lead-up runs by Victorians. South Melbourne’s Sinead Diver was second in 76.10, Malvern’s Tracey Austin, who was fourth in the national cross country’s a week earlier, was third in 77.11, while 2006 winner Karen Barlow (nee Natoli) was fourth in 78.23. Melbourne Marathon regular Wondwosen Gelata was third in the men’s race in 66.32, one spot ahead of 2007 winner Rowan Walker (67.50).
Did you know?
Victorian Kelvin Marshall, who now resides in Queensland, will complete his 150th marathon when he runs the Melbourne Marathon this year. The 48-year-old’s first ever marathon was the 1986 Melbourne race and in 1995 he was 96th in 2:50.46. Last year he ran 3:13.31.
MEDIBANK HEALTHY TIP
EAT - Your food should be high in unrefined carbohydrates, moderately high in protein and low in fat. Try for plenty of rice and pasta meals but avoid creamy or fatty sauces such as carbonara or Bolognese
Source: Medibank Online Health Hub
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