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March 1, 2018 interview with Brad Bannister (seen above on left)
1. What’s your greatest running achievement?
Well I haven’t been running for long (4 years) so I don’t have an extensive history to call upon like some, but it would probably be a toss up between my first race win which I got last year in the Central Coast 10km and last years Sixfoot race. My race last year was nothing special time wise (3:55) however due to family reasons my training was very fragmented from December through to race day, especially with regards to long runs, so I arrived at the start line very underdone. I had stomach issues due to the lack of conditioning and ran the last 20km or so without being able to take on any calories or water so the race turned into a battle to keep going; I was proud that I made it to the finish line and still broke 4 hours on debut.
2. What do you enjoy most about running?
How good is running!
Running has given me so much, it helped me to pretty much turn my life around health wise. 4 years ago I was a heavy drinker and smoker, my diet and overall health left a lot to be desired! After several failed attempts to kick old habits I put on a pair of running shoes for the first time in my life and never looked back. I love the community and the camaraderie that exists around running and some of my best friendships are with people who I have met through running.
3. What are you looking forward to the most about the upcoming Six Foot Track race?
Firstly a second chance to give a good account of myself and perform to my full potential. Secondly just the event itself, last year was my first year running Sixfoot and I was blown away by the atmosphere, there’s a real buzz on the start line and out on the course, and there’s no better feeling than hearing those cattle bells ringing as you approach Caves house!
I also want to take the chance to give a shout out too all the support crew, especially the fireries, without who this event would not be possible; also their words of encouragement out on the course are always appreciated especially inside the final 10km!
4. Any tips for newbies?
Respect the course and let the race come to you. The race cannot be won going down Nellies but it can be lost. Take it easy to the river, don’t smash your quads. Don’t push too much up Pluvi either, if you push you may run it a few minutes quicker but at what cost, if you’ve pushed too hard you may lose 20 minutes between the top and the finish line. Just remember there’s a lot of running left from the black range through to the finish and it is normally where the race is won or lost.
First and foremost, remember to stop and smell the roses. Enjoy the day, it’s a great event but it’s very easy to get caught up in running splits, hitting numbers or trying to run a PB to the point that you forget to just enjoy yourself; try throwing a few high fives out there on the way and feed off the energy!