CELEBRATING 35 YEARS 1979 - 2013
- Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 20:14
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL 2013 FINISHERS!
The 35th Adelaide marathon was run in near perfect conditions on a scenic two-lap course on Sunday the 25th August.
The race took runners through sections of the Adelaide CBD’s surrounding parklands, and included a beautiful stretch through the botanic gardens, only a few kilometres from the Elder Park finish line.
The event featured 1825 total participants, up from 1461 in 2012, who enjoyed the still and slightly overcast 18 degree day which was ideal for running.
Mike Boundy was the first male across the line in the marathon, finishing in 2:44:12 ahead of place-getters Luke McLean and Dan Searle.
Boundy said that a fast start was the key to his first place finish.
“I went out in the first kilometre and felt really good,” he said. “I edged into the front by about the second kilometre and then just settled into a pace.”
“I went out a bit harder than usual and just tried to hang on for as long as I could. I definitely died a bit towards the end but I managed to build up a pretty good lead on that first lap.”
Tracey Taylor, running her first marathon, was the winner of the women’s race. In a tight finish, she crossed the line in 3:04:13, less than two minutes ahead of Alison Wilson. Fiona Oakes finished third.
Taylor enjoyed the benefits of a rapid start, although it wasn’t necessarily her plan leading into the race.
“I took off really fast because I thought I was running next to a girl who was also running the marathon,” she said. “I realised that she was only running the half when she pulled in at the end of the first lap.”
“I finished the first lap under 1:25 and then it was just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other and holding my ground for the final 21 kilometres,” she said. “At the halfway point my eyes lit up a bit and I realised that I had a bit of an opportunity.”
Third placed Fiona Oakes of the UK ran as a part of her mission to promote veganism by completing a marathon on every continent in the world as well as a polar ice cap. She spent only 71 hours on Australian soil between 28 hour journeys to and from the event.
Her expectations for her performance were low coming into the day, despite having an impressive resume that includes several marathon wins and top-ten finishes in races throughout the world.
“I only came over to complete the race and didn’t care how long it took me or where I finished,” she said. “The jet lag really did punish me on the first lap but after that got myself together and was really surprised to finish in third place with a decent time.”
The half marathon was the most popular distance with 937 runners. Sydneysider Adrian Horvath dominated the men’s race, finishing well ahead of place-getters Nick Muxlow and Jason Matulick, with a time of 1:13:23. Lisa Davis was similarly dominant in the women’s race, winning in 1:25:14, with Julianne Schliebs and Tanya Lewis finishing second and third respectively.
Georgia Kaidonis finished the 10 kilometre race first overall in 36:43, ahead of women’s place-getters Georgia Liubinas and Frina Potenzy. Samuel Lowe won the men’s race in 37:04, only six seconds ahead of Marty Hill. Matthew Baynes finished third.
There were some remarkable achievements and stories amongst the competitors on the day.
Doug Kewley ran in his 100th marathon, and his 26th in Adelaide. Kewley said that reaching the 100 mark was not something that he ever set out to do.
“It was not an aim in my life to reach 100 marathons,” he said. “Running marathons became a part of my lifestyle which was to always just keep running, and every now and then have a little challenge like this to train for.”
Kewley has already gone on to complete number 101, in Bordeaux, France, where he ran alongside his eldest daughter who was competing in her first.
The event will go down amongst the most successful Adelaide Marathons in history, with overall numbers at their highest in decades, and participants unanimously praising the course and the professionalism of the race organisers.
Race director Tanya Jenko praised the runners and the many volunteers who made an invaluable contribution on the day.
“On behalf of the organising team, I’d like to congratulate all the finishers and thank the volunteers and spectators for helping to make the day such a success,” she said.
1st Mike Boundy 2:44:12
2nd Luke McLean 2:51:44
3rd Dan Searle 2:52:35
1st Tracey Taylor 3:04:13
2nd Alison Wilson 3:06:04
3rd Fiona Oakes 3:08:47
1st Adrian Horvath 1:13:23
2nd Nick Muxlow 1:16:17
3rd Jason Matulick 1:16:23
1st Lisa Davis 1:25:14
2nd Julianne Schliebs 1:30:14
3rd Tanya Lewis 1:31:14
1st Samuel Lowe 37:04
2nd Marty Hill 37:10
3rd Matthew Baynes 38:55
1st Georgia Kaidonis 36:43
2nd Georgia Liubinas 40:29
3rd Frina Potezny 40:44
2013 Participant Guide now available! Click here to download.