Trevor Dainton took up the challenge of running his first full marathon at Wangaratta on Sunday.
The Shepparton Runners’ Club member has taken part in plenty of half-marathons, but decided the time was right to take on the full challenge.
Finishing in 3.59:03, Dainton said it was longer than what he was hoping for, but had learnt plenty from the experience.
‘‘I was extremely disappointed with the time, but I know what to expect now,’’ he said.
‘‘I had some longer runs, but I’d make them even longer runs, I did four 30km runs, but I’d have some longer runs than that.’’
Dainton went with the approach of keeping a fast pace in the initial stages of the run, before tiring after passing the 25km mark.
‘‘I wouldn’t run too fast in the first half, but get the timing right so you finish better ... also just the impact it has on your body physically, it generally takes the body five weeks to recover.’’
But with 42km a huge achievement for anyone, Dainton is set to give the full marathon another go when he runs locally at the Shepparton Running Festival in August.
It was his running mates that helped him in his preparation for the Wangaratta event.
‘‘The support from the Shepparton Runners’ Club was great and it’s a pretty good group that goes off over there (to Wangaratta),’’ he said.
Kathy Fuller and Narelle Pell completed their second marathon as they look to run 12 for the year in order to raise money for the Goulburn Valley Centre Against Sexual Assault.
Seventeen other SRC members ran various distances with Tara Callingham, Kate Dainton, Louise Secomb, Lydia Monk and Chelsea Nicholson all recording personal best results.
The club will hold its 1600m handicap at the Shepparton athletics track on Numurkah Rd on Sunday. Those wanting to run can register on the day or via the club’s Facebook page.