Runner in event for the long haul
LESLEY Le Vaillant has been in all eight Pentath-Runs on the Southern Downs and can't wait to bring up a decade next year.
The Toolburra runner reckons the Pentath-Run, scheduled for May 21-22 this year, is one of the best races of the year.
“It is so well organised and different,” she said.
“The half-marathon starts in Warwick and heads through nice open country towards the Great Dividing Rang for a finish at Yangan,” Le Vaillant said.
“Once we get to Yangan, there is a lovely breakfast waiting which children from Warwick High prepare.
“The buses are there to take us back to the start in Warwick.”
The half-marathon is 21.1km, half of the total Pentath-Run distance of 42.2km, which is the same distance as a marathon.
Le Vaillant only does the half-marathon in the Pentath-Run as she is always preparing for the Gold Coast Marathon on the first Sunday in July.
This year's Gold Coast Marathon, two months after she turns 68, will be her 30th marathon in 15 years.
“I average two a year,” Le Vaillant said.
Her fastest marathon is three hours 51 seconds at the Gold Coast.
In the Pentath-Run, her best is 1:47.56 in the 2008 Pentath-Run.
She is a regular at the Saturday night Pentath-Run dinners at WIRAC and the Sunday presentations in Leslie Park.
Le Vaillant and Georgie Stewart were the two Warwick winners in the recent Highfields Fun Run.
Stewart won the 10km overall and Le Vaillant won the 10km in the 60-years-plus age group.
In her preparation for the Pentath-Run and Gold Coast Marathon, Le Vaillant runs four days a week in training.
“I have cut back the number of days I run but run harder so I earn my recovery days,” Le Vaillant said.
“I have a home gym set up and absolutely love it.”
She reckons the running helps with the fitness required to run the farm she and husband Ned bought in July, 1992.