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40th Canberra Half Marathon

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Press Release

The ACT Cross Country Club has received a record 800 entries to date for the 40th Canberra Half Marathon incorporating the 40th Rex Foulkes Memorial Half Marathon, and entries continue to come in.

The 21.1k Half Marathon will be run on Sunday 17th May starting at 9am, Flynn Drive, Lennox Gardens, Yarralumla. The winner is expected to be back in Lennox Gardens at the finish in just over an hour.

The best credentialled male athletes entered are locals Scott McTaggart and Erwin McRae, both very experienced and talented runners who would be well placed in any distance running event anywhere in Australia. McTaggart is a former winner of this event and last year's runner-up. McRae won the Weston Creek Half Marathon earlier this year in an excellent time of 66 Minutes 34 seconds and did it all by himself, the second place runner being more that 6 minutes behind him. It is expected that both runners will finish the half marathon just after 10am and take about 65 to 66 minutes to complete the course, the equivalent of a 2 hours 12 minute marathon.

Sydney athlete Sara Burgess who came third last year is the best credentialled female athlete.

It is expected that the good prize money of $1000 for first male and female will attract other well credentialled athletes as late entrants.

Other features of this the 40th Canberra Half Marathon include the winner of the first Canberra Half Marathon Julian Scott as a guest starter along with other runners from that first event in 1970 including Dave McInnes, Alan Wilson, Graeme Small, Dennis Smith and Geoff Moore. Geoff, the baby age wise in the first half marathon, will be the only one of the originals likely to compete on Sunday. Also present will be 86 year old Jack Pennington, founder of the ACTCCC and of this race. Both he and Alan Wilson were very good friends, close mates and competitors of Rex Foulkes, who was tragically killed in a car accident in March 1969 when returning to Cooma after competing in ACT Track and Field (although distance racing was his first love). To commemorate Rex Foulkes' life and love of distance running, Jack Pennington and others in local athletics commenced the Rex Foulkes Memorial Half Marathon in 1970.

Local runner and recent Customs retiree Nick Blackaby will be the first person to complete 20 Canberra Half Marathons this Sunday.

Other events on the weekend include a 1.5k Mini Jog for children under 12 years and a 5k Open Fun Run. These runs start at 3pm and 3.30pm on Saturday 16th.

Entries for all three events can be made up until 15 minutes before start time.

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Contact: Ken Eynon 62546548 or 0407 201 078 Email: kene@incanberra.com.au

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