Marathon mum beats personal best
NOELA Ensbey beat her personal best time by 10 minutes in the half marathon as part of the annual Gold Coast Marathon earlier this month.
She was joined in the half marathon by husband Niel, son Kelly and son-in-law Tom McKean.
Noela and Niel’s daughter Katie McKean completed the 10km and backed up to run the 5km with her brother Kurt.
The fourth sibling, Chris, ran the 10km last year but did not compete this year as he had just started a new job at a Brisbane gym.
Noela completed the 21km in two hours, 12 minutes.
“She has been very busy and didn’t have a great preparation so was surprised with her time,” Niel said.
Niel ran with an achilles tendon injury so was happy just to finish in two hours, 13 minutes.
“I was hoping to go under one hour, 50 minutes, before I was injured,” Niel said.
“Two of my training partners, Ben Manifold and Neil Vickers ran the half marathon in around one hour, 45 minutes.
“During the half marathon, I ran most of the distance with Noela and told her to go ahead in the final 4km when we realised she had a great chance of a personal best.”
Tom ran one hour, 17 minutes, in only his third half marathon to come 11th in the 20-24 years age group.
Kelly ran strongly in the half marathon to finish between Tom and Noela.
Katie was third in the 20-24 years age group in the 5km, an outstanding effort as she had run the 10km the previous day. Kurt Ensbey and mate Harry O’Shannessy ran the 5km together as a fun run.
With 29,000 competitors, the 10km is now run on the Saturday with 5km, half marathon and marathon on the Sunday.
Niel said the aim was for all seven members of the extended family to compete next year. “Our training gives us a lot more energy and disposition,” he said.