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Allan's three stair affairs

Kialla man Allan Connolly running up and down stairs as part of this year's Stadium Stomp fitness challenge.

JENNA BISHOP July 12, 2014 3:44am

Kialla's Allan Connolly climbs up the MCG's stairs as part of the Stadium Stomp challenge.

He’s already climbed more than 12000 stairs, but that won’t stop Kialla’s Allan Connolly from charging up thousands more as he prepares to complete the trifecta of stadium stair challenges.

Mr Connelly is two-thirds of the way through the Stadium Stomp, a challenge pitting people and their endurance against the thousands of stairs at the Gabba, MCG and SCG.

Last Sunday, 28 Greater Shepparton residents, including Mr Connolly, were part of a crowd of 2500 that tackled the MCG stairs in the second round of the Stadium Stomp.

Mr Connolly said he decided to take part in the challenge in a bid to find a new and different fitness challenge.

He said it was a relief when he ran past volunteers who counted down the number of remaining flights of stairs when he neared the end.

‘‘At the halfway point, it went down the stairs, which was a bit of a relief,’’ Mr Connolly said.

‘‘After I’d finished, I did enjoy it. Everyone was really helpful and encouraging each other as people ran past.’’

Although he had completed the Melbourne leg of the challenge last year, Mr Connolly said the unfamiliar terrain of the SCG was going to be a bit more difficult.

‘‘It’s a hard one, I don’t know what to expect,’’ he said.

It was not all pain for Mr Connolly and his challenge partner Mairead Macdougall, who also went to see a football game at the MCG before the climb.

To finish the challenge, Mr Connolly will run a course of 6300 steps through the SCG and Allianz Stadium on July 27.

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