Sweet victory for Wickham family
JENNY Wickham drove from Sydney to Warwick with a fan club and a half for the 10th annual Pentath-run - a group of 15 who shared in her five victories.
In the shorter races, few of the 15 were able to cheer her across the line; they were all still running further back in the field.
Wickham, her husband and three daughters competed; the only member of her family who didn't contest some races was her two-year-old son. All the girls won age group prizes during the Pentath-run.
She rated the 5km at Sandy Creek on Saturday as the event where she felt the best.
"I thought I would be tired after the half-marathon, but went really well in the 5km," she said.
"I love hills, the longest I have run was up to Queen Mary Falls on Sunday morning," she said.
At 37 years of age, she has a best time of two hours, 48 minutes for the marathon over 42km.
She competes for the Sydney Striders club and hopes to return to the Southern Downs next year for the 11th annual event.
"Our daughter played touch in Tamworth last Friday so will definitely be in Warwick if touch is on the day before the Pentath-run next year," she said.
While most of the winners down the years have come from south-east Queensland, it was a Sydney winner for the women's and a Ballarat (Victoria), winner, Steve Moneghetti, in the men's.
Runners came from as far afield as Western Australia and New Zealand for the event.
Race director Robert Stewart asked for a show of hands from each state before the 1500m criterium on Sunday and quietly said after the NSW contingent raised their hands, "We won the State of Origin".