There is something to be said for running 42.198km and joining that collaboration of slightly crazy but truly dedicated runners we call ‘Marathoners’. Today, two of our Gen Run Squad did just that; and to those who are within this unique circle, we know exactly how you are feeling, and words just cannot do justice. Kevin and Garry can, from this day forward, call themselves Marathoners, and in that there is so much pride and a learning about yourself that I feel can only come from putting one foot in-front of the other for a grueling 42kms. Kudos to you boys – what a run!
From start to finish, today was certainly about friendship and support. With runners encouraging each-other out there on course, squad members who weren’t running but came along to cheer and high-five (with some awesome signage to bring a smile to a weary face!) and all the well wishes, comments and posts on Facebook from friends, family and running buddies not only today but in the lead up to today’s event brought such a sense of community and involvement that really harnesses the spirit of running and the ethos of Generation Run.
To say I am proud of each and every one of you is a massive understatement! Regardless of what distance you ran, how fast you ran it, or whether you reached your target time or not, you are all faster than the people on the couch, and are a credit and inspiration, not only your yourselves, but to all those around you, who, whether they run or not, will agree that you did a bloody good job out there today! You didn’t give up, you didn’t let those negative voices in your head get the better of you, and you didn’t – through vomiting, chafing, cramping and pure fatigue – stop!
So the results are in:-
Chris Burton – 3:38:23, Garry Elsum – 3:48:09, Kirsty Ham – 3:48:32, Sarah McWilliams – 3:49:32, Lisa Fleming – 3:53:40, Kevin Burns – 3:55:44
Alex Brauneis – 1:32:51, Siobhan Hungerford-Gerth – 1:40:30, Bronwyn Grass – 2:02:12, Sally Morris – 3:19:12
Hannah Easton – 43:33, Matt Sullivan – 46:02, Dani Hart – 51:00
Lachlan Finn – 22:10, Rhonda Cook – 36:56, Terri Baldwin – 37:36, Brigitte Jung – 41:21
There were many more runners out there today who are associated with Generation Run in one way or another and I congratulate you all on your spectacular races today. The lovely thing about Gen Run is the fact that it’s members stretch far further than those who we see at training; but moreover, those who follow our Facebook page and website, who recognize us at Parkrun, and at other races throughout the year, those who train with other groups like the DTR’s, LTR’s, TXR’s, Knox Road Runners and Running In The Burbs and cross our paths from time to time, or know us through our partners Active Feet and Bayswater Foot and Ankle Clinic. I certainly recognized many many faces out there today, too many to mention, but no less deserving of praise.
And so we conclude another highly successful Melbourne Marathon Festival. We push on to recovery, to training and to getting out there to race, or simply run, another day.