Goodwin to contest 10th event
CARL Goodwin has been running 100km weekly in preparation for his 10th Daily News Pentath-run this weekend.
The Warwick fitness fanatic runs 15km most days for fitness and starts to extend his training distances when a major event, like pentath, nears.
Carl’s first race at the pentath-run was the half marathon from Warwick to Yangan and, for the past seven years, he has completed all five legs of the pentath-run.
He works at Endeavour three days a week and puts most of his spare time into running and supporting his favourite club, the Warwick Cowboys.
His father, David, said Carl had battled plenty of blisters and shed some blood to follow his pentath-run dream.
“Once he complained about sore feet and took his boots off and his feet were covered in blood,” David said.
“He just loves the pentath-run after first becoming interested in the event when he trained with Pat Sinnott.”
Carl has a best of two hours, three minutes, for the half-marathon. He finishes every race he contests.
He runs out the kicking tee for all games during Warwick Cowboys TRL home rounds and assists team staff, as well as travelling to many away games to help out in his sideline role.
David said Carl was non-competitive but just enjoyed running.
“He likes to have a few words with the ladies on course. Carl communicates well for someone with a speech difficulty,” David said.
“Carl also communicates to the football referees with gestures when he thinks a pass is forward in a Cowboys’ game. The referees aren’t offended by his passion for the game, he is a one-eyed Warwick fan.”
His mother Nerelle (nee Mewes) is still the joint holder of a sprint record at Warwick State High School, after she won the open 100m in 1970 and often passes on coaching hints to her son.
“His interest in running came from his brother, Kurt, who was second in the 400 metres at the (schoolboy) nationals,” David said.
Pentath nominations welcome at the registration caravan between 30 minutes and one hour before each event during the weekend. Already new records have been set for nomination numbers this year.
Today: 7am YMCA Half Marathon 21.1km (Warwick to Yangan); noon Warwick Credit Union Cross Country 4.6km (Allora golf course); 3pm Darling Downs Hotel Road Race 5km (Sandy Creek Rd)
Tomorrow: 7.15am Nike Robina Ascent 10km (Killarney to Queen Mary Falls); 11.30am Voyage Fitness 1500m (Warwick CBD starting at rotunda).