It was inspiring stuff in the 6 Foot Marathon today from SWEAT SYDNEY Athletes. It is a brutal 45km trail race with thousands of metres of elevation change and lots of steps and very steep sections. Some may claim it’s not the result they wanted but they have worked hard and overcome plenty of set backs in their quest for excellence. Just getting their bodies to the start line earns enough respect!
Tom Middleton has had a not so perfect preparation coming back from injury and crashed at the 13km mark in the race smashing both knees but still managed to finish 16th in 3 hours 50. He received stitches to his injuries after the race.
Just behind Tom in 22nd place and 3:55 was Brad Bannister. Brad has also come back from recent injury and only 2 weeks ago lost his father and had to travel to England to be with his family. What an absolutely mighty effort!
Rhett Gibson who finished 6th in last year’s race has been dealt some serious hurdles in recent months. Hospitalised for a stomach condition, then battling a planta injury that halted his training completely only weeks out from the race battled on today to finish in a very respectable 4:25.
Darren Moyle in 5:18 was well off his ability on the trails over this distance but has been sidelined of late and considering he has only managed 7km of running in the past 2 weeks he has done himself proud out there today.
Two days ago Barry Carter was bed ridden with fever and could hardly stand. He also was impressive with 5:19.
And then there is Sara Rathborne. Starting from Wave 2, Sara pushed through the field passing many Wave 1 runners to finish 18th woman in an incredible 4:35. This was an amazing effort for a 6 Foot debut and testament to her hard work.
Following a running training program for this arduous race was a crucial part of the preparation for all these runners. With some drams affecting some of them in crucial lead up period, the coaches had to adjust training plans and help nurse them through preparations. Running coaches Warren Williams and Sean Williams were always at hand to assist the runners in their times of need. With one of the best running groups in Sydney, the support network for these runners was amazing.
Well organised SWEAT SYDNEY runners are already starting to map out their campaigns for the 2018 Six Foot Track Marathon.