Marathon girls kick on
FOUR running mates have clocked up another milestone in their quest for long-legged adventure, having completed the recent Brisbane half marathon in respectable time.
The four women, all from Evans Head, who meet each morning at 6.10am at the bench by the bridge that says "Seize The Day", recently spent a night in "Bris-Vegas" ahead of a gruelling stomp through the city next morning.
At 21.1km the effort was more than twice what the women put themselves through each weekday morning, but
the bonus was they didn't have to return home by 7am to get the kids off to school.
For Kim Forsyth, who completed the course in 1:46, a quarter of an hour ahead of the rest of the pack, the journey seemed easy - at least to those who saw her standing at the finish line with an armful of coffee and muffins for her running partners.
"She's a freak," commented Katy Fisher, who caught the group on camera before and after the event.
The Brisbane race comes just a month after three of the group competed in the Gold Coast half marathon - Dr Ann Tosameen was busy hiking in the Daintree - and five months after a horror knee-bender through the streets of Brisbane in the twilight half marathon.
On that occasion a wild storm dropped enough trees to kill one competitor, who was positioned between Kim and Ann and Katy and Dorothy Tickner, who were running in pairs just two minutes apart.
"That was a disaster," recalled Katy.
The group welcomes new running members, and has even printed T-shirts printed with the simple invite: "6:10 at the bridge".