PRICELESS: Wondai Parkrun's hard working volunteers: Dani Obel, Winston Burrows, Deon McLean and Beck Payne
PRICELESS: Wondai Parkrun's hard working volunteers: Dani Obel, Winston Burrows, Deon McLean and Beck Payne Matt Collins

Kingaroy runner is seeing blue about 100km marathon

Deon McLean has been involved in Wondai's five kilometre Park Run since it started, but his big focus for next year is 20 times bigger.

Kingaroy resident, McLean is in training for the Blue Mountains 100km Ultra-Trail run marathon in May next year.

"I try and do some of the trails in the Bunya Mountains or the track on Mt Wooroolin,” he said.

As one of the run directors at the popular Saturday morning Parkrun event, McLean balance his volunteering responsibilities with a solid, Saturday morning 5km run.

"There are five or six run directors so we rotate from volunteering to actually running,” he said.

McLean praised the passionate volunteers who show up rain, hail or shine each week for the Wondai Park Run.

McLean said the free, organised Park Run on Wondai's rail trail gave people no excuse not to turn up and keep fit.

"It gives you a reason to get out of bed,” he said.

"Without something organised sometimes you don't make the effort.”

McLean said running is his way of clearing the head after a stressful day.

"Apart from getting some exercise, it's great to get out on your own. It's sort of like meditation,” he said.

Running is one of the few sports where you aren't competing against anyone else.

"It doesn't matter who is in front of you or behind,” McLean said.

"You can set yourself some challenges, like trying to do a better time than you did the week before.”

McLean said the only thing that makes the thought of the 100km distance bearable is to break it down into bite-sized chunks.

"You can't focus on the fact that it is 100km,” he said.

"I'll think about the the next five km or the next Park Run if you like.”

"I'll end up doing 20 Park Runs.”

Below are some distances to put McLean's 100km Ultra-Trail marathon run into perspective.

  • Murgon to Gympie 93km
  • Kingaroy to Dalby 113km
  • Wondai to Kilkivan (and back again) 116km
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