Mackay runner was unstoppable at marathon despite injury
RUNNING: Cracked ribs didn't stop ex-Mackay Road Runners member Dave Bellamy from finishing the gruelling Six Foot Track Marathon.
Bellamy fell about 10km into the 45km event after clashing with a runner.
"I was going past someone and they bumped me and I fell onto a rock and cracked my ribs," he said.
"When it happened I thought it's either time to pull out or keep going."
Bellamy said the race was as much a mental battle as a physical one for him.
"I just kept going on, that's all you can do," he said.
Five other Mackay runners took part in the race - Andy List, Martin Lambert, Matt Stevens, Karen Low and Janelle Tilse.
List finished with the best time - 4hr 37min - coming 12th in his age category.
"It's a very rough track but it was a really good run," he said. "The initial part of it was about 950 steps down, there was about 2km of climbing and 2km downhill."
The 51-year-old, who has been running for about five years, said he wanted to enjoy the event.
"I took the first three-quarters of the run fairly conservatively and then I tried to bring it home a little bit," List said.
The race took place in the Blue Mountains, meaning temperatures were colder than Mackay's runners were used to.
"To be able to run in an event like this early in the year is difficult because we just can't get that level of training in because it's so hot," he said.
Besides the obvious physical demands of a marathon List said the mental side of the weekend's event was tough. "It's not like a road where you can be fairly sure where your feet are landing," he said. "Mentally it's a little bit more demanding and you really have to think about everything."