Leon Griffin, a World Duathlon Champion has taken out the Mandalay Resources Pot of Gold Award for 2018.
This award compares the runners time against the world record age and gender times. Griffin’s prize includes a return trip for two to Much Wenlock England, the birthplace of Dr. William Penny Brookes the inspiration for the Modern Olympics. Griffin will represent Australia in the prestigious 2019 Wenlock Olympian Games.
Griffin went straight to the front from the gun over the 42.195km journey along the O’Keefe Trail from Junortoun to Heathcote he was never headed. In his first marathon Griffin was sensational finishing just outside the course record in a time of 2:35:54.
"The event was top notch and was great to see the enthusiasm out there from runners across all the different distances. The trail itself is amazing, both scenic and challenging and always giving you something to take your mind off the pain in your pins, particularly as you're approaching the finish in Heathcote." Leon said.
"I was a little apprehensive with it being my first straight marathon (I've done a few Ironman Triathlon's in my time) so I ran what I felt was a pretty conservative pace. Even then the wheels still fell off around 35km, but I dug pretty deep knowing I was in with a great chance to win the trip to England still."
All in all I had a fantastic experience running the O'Keefe Rail Trail Marathon and I can't wait to come back and have another go next year."