Cross ticks off double home wins at Maidenwell half marathon
THE drive to win propelled Andrew Cross across the line in the half-marathon in first place, even with half a shoe.
Cross did not get put off the pain sharp rocks shot up his foot as he chased a win on Saturday.
The Nanango runner said he always ran to win and was further motivated after he won the 28km and half-marathon at Maidenwell last year.
Cross said he ran a slower time than he would have liked but was hampered by his shoe drama.
"I ran 10km without a sole," Cross said.
In the end he won the half-marathon comfortably with a time of 1hr 41min but was still well off his best time of 1hr 19min.
As an avid runner, Cross found his passion in the sport after he started to compete in 10,000m steeple chases.
This past experience assisted him on the hilly course at Maidenwell.
"It's a hilly course but there's not many sharp rises, it's more rolling hills," he said.
As a back-to-back Maidenwell half-marathon winner Cross said he might make the step up to a full marathon next year. Although he said the distance was daunting.
"I'm scared of it, marathons are miles," he said.
Nearing 100 marathons
THE Maidenwell Marathon attracted Sydney's 42.195km enthusiast Peter Trumper.
Peter ran three marathons at the weekend with his wife Jane, one on Friday, one on Saturday and another on Sunday.
Each marathon finished brought Peter nearer to his tonne. The one he finished on Sunday marked his 96th.
Peter started to run marathons in 2001 and was in Boston 2013 at the time of the bomb attacks.
He has returned to Boston each year since and this year will mark his 99th marathon.
"I will get to 100 and see how I feel," Peter said.
Jane has run even more marathons with 150 under her belt.
She said once Peter reached the 100 mark there is the 200 marathon point and 300 once that is met.
Jane ran at the Maidenwell Marathon last year too and had to battle to similarly muddy conditions like on Sunday.
The course drained well on Sunday so the rain did not dampen her spirits.
Peter and Jane will run marathons in Canberra this weekend and the next before Boston the week after.
Morrison claims 56km win
A PERSONAL best time of 4hrs 42min 29sec helped Jimmy Morrison win his first Queensland 56km ultramarathon.
As if that was not an astounding enough accomplishment, the Ipswich runner has set his sights on a 250km five day race through the Amazon next year.
Morrison only started running seriously but armed with more than 15 years service with the army his fitness levels are incredibly high.
As a cool down on Sunday he ran a marathon "just as a sort of stretch out".
To prepare for the mammoth Jungle Marathon Morrison said he would step up his training.
"I want to do the Ultra Trial Australia 100km in May," Morrison said.
Morrison's accomplishments might seem unhuman but he did offer a reminder he was.
"It hurt. Anyone who tells you it doesn't hurt is lying," he said.
- Friday marathon: Rick Patzoid 4hrs 55min 44sec
- Saturday 57km ultramarathon: Jimmy Morrison 4hr 42min 39sec
- Saturday 42km marathon: Stuart Price 3hrs 19min 26sec
- Saturday 21.1km: Andrew Cross 1hr 41min 56sec
- Saturday 14km: Patrick Coglan 1hr 11min 16sec
- Sunday 21km: Andrew Cross 1hr 37min 38sec
- Sunday 2.2km: Joshua Connolly 9min 3sec
- Sunday 5km: Jackson Otto 21min 36sec
- Sunday 10km: Neil Tincknell 48min 28sec
- Sunday marathon: Jimmy Morrison 3hrs 43 min 59sec