CARCOAR native Kurt Fearnley loves the Newcastle Knights but unlike the team in red and blue which prevailed as underdogs on the weekend, it was no surprise when he took out the Sydney Wheelchair Marathon on Sunday.
Since graduating from CSU, Fearnley has moved to Newcastle and is one of many in the city who are staunch supporters of the Knights.
On Saturday night as the Knights upset reigning NRL premiers Melbourne 18-16 and moved within one win of a grand final appearance, Fearnley was quick to take to Twitter and show his delight.
Then on Sunday after Fearnley took out the Sydney Wheelchair Marathon for the ninth time, he revealed he drew inspiration from his beloved Knights.
“I’m still buzzing from last night. I was driving back and I had to listen to it on the radio. I was with some family out near Bathurst and listening to it on the radio. The whole way I was screaming in my car,” Fearnley revealed.
“They’re a good bunch of guys and they’re going to fight bloody hard next week too.”
Chasing his fifth consecutive win over the 42.2 kilometre distance, Fearnley still managed to enjoy the scenery as he pushed his way to victory in one hour, 39 minutes and 15 seconds.
He finished well clear of young talent Nathan Arkley (1:51.30) with Richard Nicholson (1:54.35) third.
“Today, it’s all about getting out here and enjoying this marathon and the Blackmores Running Festival,” Fearnley said.
“This is about the only marathon I’ve done in Australia in the whole time. It’s the first marathon I ever did back in 2000 and it’ll be the last one I do in hopefully 20 years from now.
“I’ll be back next year and the year after and the year after and the year after. This is home.”