IT TOOK local resident, Andrew Shields 4 hours and 20 minutes to complete the monster 42.2km New York Marathon last month, where he crossed the line with another 52,000 runners.
Andrew said, “I had done a few marathons in Melbourne over the last few years and was keen to do one overseas. My wife, Kara and I really enjoyed New York when we were there on holiday in 2011 and I had heard that the New York marathon was something special, so New York seemed a good fit.
“I started training in June once I knew I was going. I probably started a bit early, but I was able to get enough running into my legs before the run. The tracks around Shepparton are ideal for training, but I should have done some more hill training as the New York course had a few inclines that were a bit different to the flat Shepparton tracks.
“I feel pretty fortunate to have been able to enter as there are limited numbers that can enter. It is very much an international event so it was great to be a part of it.
“The atmosphere was very different to the Melbourne Marathon. The crowds were four or five people deep on both sides of the road pretty much the whole way around, except on the bridges where spectators couldn’t get to.
“Having people cheering all the runners along helped get me and the other 52,000 runners across the finish line.”