Bay runner is electric in Adelaide

Hervey Bay’s Steven Page crosses the finish line first to claim the Adelaide Marathon.
Hervey Bay’s Steven Page crosses the finish line first to claim the Adelaide Marathon.

AFTER a long, hard day at work, what's the first thing you want to do when you get home?

Put your feet up, relax, watch some television perhaps?

Not Steven Page. He'd prefer to go for a run, a very long run.

An electric power pole inspector by day, Page, who lives in Hervey Bay but is required to work in remote and isolated places, spends his evenings pounding the streets of areas he's not familiar with.

All the hours spent running alone while watching the sun go down certainly paid off for the 38-year-old when he pulled off the biggest triumph of his career on Sunday.

Contesting just his sixth marathon, the Hervey Bay runner took out the Adelaide Marathon.

Neck-and-neck with Richard Gardiner with less than 10km remaining, Page found another gear to surge clear of his rival and capture his maiden marathon win.

"It's a good effort just to run a marathon and be competitive, but to win one is pretty special," he said.

After the race Page, who ran the fastest time by an Australian in last year's New York City Marathon, was congratulated by his parents, Neville and Marlene, who travelled from Melbourne to watch him win.

"Because I only run a few races and I live in Queensland, they never get to see me compete. But to see me have a win in a major race was a major highlight," Page said.

Page finished the 42.2km race in 2hr 35min 01sec to easily take the marathon ahead of Gardiner, who was more than three minutes behind.

That time was short of his best (2.30.42) which he set in the Big Apple, but it's still an amazing effort for someone whose only competition in the past three months was the 15km Cane2Coral fun run and a 10km run with the Fraser Coast Runners and Walkers Club.

"I usually like to do a couple of half marathons leading up to events, but I've been doing the long runs in training so I was confident I could do the distance," he said.

"Dedicating myself to those long runs is what I reckon got me through in the end because it helped build my mental toughness."

Page's next mission is the Honolulu Marathon in December.

Not surprisingly, though, Page's immediate plans are to take a well-earned break from training.

Topics:  athletics

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