First Marathon A Breeze
This article originally appeared in the "Hornsby Advocate" newspaper on 12th December 2002
After blitzing his first marathon, Shane Hayes already has his sights set on the Olympics. The 16 year old competed in the Jindabyne Marathon last month.
He won the under-30s by 15 minutes and wa splaced 7th overall. Hayes from Hornsby Heights, finished the 42km race in 3 hours and 26 minutes.
"I felt better than anyone else, he said "The feeling after you run is great".
Hayes said the Jindabyne Marathon was one of the hardest in Australia "Lots of people were collapsing" he said "There were lots of long, gradual hills. Some people destroy their bodies too much".
The Normanhurst Boys High School student said it took a long time to recover from the event.
"I had to sit down for about 12 hours and eat lots of fatty foods and carbohydrates" he said.
Hayes has been running seriously since the beginning of the year. "I enjoy it, especially the competition" he said "Every Saturday morning I train with the Terrigal Trotters"
Hayes said he hoped to compete in the Six Foot Track Marathon next year, a race from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves.