Grant Hicks hasn't set himself a target time, but he is set tackle his second Shepparton Marathon this weekend.By Damen Francis
For a man about to tackle a marathon, Grant Hicks is remarkably relaxed.
The 35-year-old school teacher has done it before — completing last year’s Shepparton Marathon in three hours, seven minutes and 29 seconds — but there are plenty of experienced runners out there that still get nervous before a race.
He isn’t even setting himself a target time for the punishing 42
‘‘This year I’ve had a few other things on, so I haven’t done as many kilometres at training, but I’ve still been doing anywhere between 40 and 60
‘‘I haven’t really set myself to improve on last year, because I haven’t done the kilometres in training and I probably went a bit faster than I thought I was going to last year.
‘‘Being three laps of 14
The race is part of Sunday’s Shepparton Running Festival, which features marathon, half marathon, 10
One thing that will be different this year is the course.
A clash with the Goulburn Valley Football League game between Shepparton Swans and Mooroopna meant the event had to be moved from its traditional home at Princess Park, but Hicks, for one, believes the change was a blessing in disguise.
One lap of the 14
‘‘It’s really pleasing to see they’re using more of the shared pathways and we’re doing more running along the river and across the bridges, it makes it a lot more scenic,’’ he said.
‘‘Last year we sort of ran out of Shepparton and back a couple of times, whereas this year you’re sort of running in and around some of the most beautiful parts of Shepparton.
‘‘These are the tracks I love running on, on a daily basis anyway, so it’s great to come and do a big event on those tracks.’’
Hicks, who was the fastest Goulburn Valley runner last year, will have plenty of support on the day, with daughter Britt, 14, running the 2
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