DAMIAN Peckett has been through the running pain barrier, but he's confident it will be all plain sailing on Sunday when he lines up at the 32nd Toowoomba Road Runners Annual Marathon.
Peckett will join hundreds of runners and walkers hitting the surrounding roads of the USQ from 5.30am as part of either the marathon, three-quarter marathon, half marathon or 10km road race.
The 19-year-old USQ engineering student will tackle the half-marathon on his journey back to endurance running following a "mystery" complaint.
Peckett started out as a keen junior cross-country runner.
But after suffering a burst appendix during his teenage years, his running days looked as though they might have been over.
"When I tried to get back into running I used to buckle over in pain," Beckett explained.
"Doctors couldn't tell me what the problem was and I had to give running away for a while.
"Eventually I was cut open and some scarring was found which was corrected by surgery.
"I then had three months off before I started running again.
"My first race back was the Brisbane half marathon in March where I beat my expected time by over 15 minutes to finish in 1hr:42mins after limited training.
"This is my first Toowoomba marathon run and I'm really looking forward to it.
"It's a nice flat course and with favourable weather on our side I'm hoping for a PB in the 1hr:30min range."
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