Wednesday, 16 July 2014

2014 Indigenous Marathon Project and the Gold Coast Half-Marathon

12 IMP runners started, 12 finished Gold Coast Half-Marathon

In a ground-breaking first, all 12 members of the 2014 Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) squad crossed the finish line of the Gold Coast Half-Marathon last Sunday. Team members exceeded their own expectations by not only finishing, but crossing the line well ahead of their goal times. Cairns representative Brendan Peeters completed the run in an astonishing 84 minutes, placing him 30th in his age category. In his first ever fun run, Dubbo representative and Western Region light-middleweight champion Nathan Riley finished in 89 minutes. Toni Daisy, who juggles training with work commitments and being a single parent, crossed in 1:51:43. Members of the squad have returned home to their communities to continue training ahead of the third camp in Sydney for the City to Surf in August.

The ASICS Half- Marathon had a total of 9,658 entrants and 8,527 finishers. The two IMP entrants from NSW were Raymond Ingram (Sydney) and Nathan Riley (Dubbo).

Raymond Ingram crossed the finish line at 1,340 position and was also the 43rd runner of the 158 male entrants in the 21-24 years age group to cross the line.

I’m sure that their communities are proud of both these young men and, hopefully in the next few years we will see young indigenous runners from the NSW North Coast competing in Gold Coast Airport Marathon events.

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