WARRNAMBOOL runner Neil Holland showed he’d lost none of his endurance, finishing fifth overall in the Adelaide Marathon on Sunday.
Holland, 53, completed his first marathon in 18 years in two hours, 56 minutes and 27 seconds.
He said he entered the race “confident but not cocky”.
“I expected to get in the top 20 and before the event I was looking at running between 2:56 and 3:03 depending on how I felt on the day and the weather conditions,” he said.
“I was fortunate enough everything went well for me on the day and I hit the low range.”
Holland said the two-lap Adelaide city centre course was scenic and good for competitors and spectators alike.
“I quite enjoyed the course, which was a bit of a surprise,” he said.
Holland was one of five Warrnambool-based runners to tackle the Adelaide Marathon.
Alison Wilson was the second female home and finished 18th overall.
Wilson, 36, clocked three hours, six minutes and two seconds.
“I wanted to break three hours but the course was harder than I thought it would be,” she said.
“Given the course, my goal was a bit high.
“I still want to break the three hours in a marathon. I don’t know where I’ll do it.
“I might do the Gold Coast marathon or the Canberra marathon next year.”
Wilson, whose time was a personal best, said the course was different to what she expected.
“There were a heap of sharp turns and hills,” she said.
“I thought it would be flatter.
“You had to do sharp U-turns around bollards and that slowed you down.
“If I had known the course was like that, I would have taken off slower and not ended up burnt out.”
Wilson and Tracey Kol, who finished in three hours, 14 minutes and 14 seconds to be the seventh female home and placed 39th overall, have qualified for the New York Marathon.
Raj Patel finished 35th with a personal best three hours, 13 minutes and 46 seconds and Sally Beggs clocked three hours, 38 minutes and nine seconds in finishing 137th overall.