NEIL Holland hasn’t run a marathon for 18 years.
Holland, 53, will end his hiatus this weekend, signing up for the Adelaide Marathon alongside four other Warrnambool runners.
The Warrnambool architect said he last completed the Adelaide Marathon 20 years ago, finishing ninth in a time of two hours and 42 seconds.
This time around he hopes to finish the two-lap Adelaide CBD course in under three hours.
Holland said his training had been interrupted.
“I have had five runs over 30 kilometres and that’s the critical thing, that you can go the distance and have endurance in your legs,” he said.
“It’s all about the speed now. I am confident I can run a respectable time.”
Holland turned his attention to running after his football career finished some two decades ago.
“I was a late starter to the sport. I ran seriously for five years, took a back seat and last year got back into it,” he said.
“I am looking forward to getting there and testing myself over the distance.
“It is a different course now. Previously it was on the Anzac Highway and towards Glenelg and you took a U-turn back into the city.
“Now it is a two-lap course (in the city) and, from what I gather, it is fairly flat and when you train around Warrnambool you can’t avoid hills so it will be a nice change.”
Fellow Warrnambool runners Alison Wilson, Tracey Kol, Raj Patel and Sally Beggs will also compete in the Adelaide Marathon.