THERE’S something about running 42.2 kilometres around Canberra that attracts the Orange Runners Club.
Eleven members of the club will take part in this year’s Canberra Marathon, running around the picturesque course which takes in parts of Black Mountain, Old Parliament House and Lake Burley Griffin.
Four of the 11 will be competing in their first marathon.
Daryl Roweth, Richard Eggleston, Liz Simpson and Matt Dean are all first-timers.
On the other side of the coin, Judy Tarleton (five), Brian Rix (three), John Moss (seven), Frank Ostini (five), Brett Sammut (two) and Lynda Chapman (two) keep coming back for more.
Ostini said the Canberra course was challenging but enjoyable to run.
“There’s some good little hills in it that grab you at the right time but it’s a good course. You get a good look at Canberra without having to pay for a taxi,” Ostini said.
Tarleton is running her fifth Canberra Marathon.
“It’s a challenge,” Tarleton said.
“The high you get when you finish, nothing compares.”
Dean will be running in his first marathon.
“I’m expecting a fair bit of pain,” he said.
“I’ve done three (half marathons) and thought they were pretty tough. The Orange half marathon will be a good base though.”
The Orange Runners Club will send a large contingent of runners to compete in today’s five kilometre and 10km events as well as the half marathon tomorrow before the 11 runners tackle the 42.2km torture test.