WINNER: Jane FardellORANGE’S recent cool weather was perfect for one competitor in the Orange Colour City Running Festival yesterday.
Dubbo’s Jane Fardell took out the women’s half-marathon yesterday as part of her preparation to race overseas.
Fardell (pictured right) stopped the clock in just over one hour and 22 minutes for the 21.1km event, in what was essentially a training run for her.
She will go to Europe later this month to participate in the European Spring Marathon Series.
For this reason alone she was happy with Orange’s cooler conditions.
“I’m pretty glad actually because it will make it easier to acclimatise,” Fardell laughed.
Fardell said she had planned to do a long run on Sunday morning as part of her training and thought the Running Festival would be suitable.
She took out the women’s half-marathon in 2011 and was happy to make it two in a row.
“I felt like having a bit of a hit out but I’ve got a big race coming up in a couple of weeks so I didn’t want to push it too hard,” she said.
Heavy rain during the week meant the half-marathon course had to be changed and Fardell said it provided a solid challenge.
“It was much harder than last year,” she said.
“I know they had to change the course for the weather. They did a good job but the hills were just … yeah. I didn’t see any flat today. It was just up, down, up, down. That made it a bit tougher.”
The second woman to finish the half-marathon was Sarah Mycroft, the Running Festival’s ambassador.
Mycroft was the first woman to run around Australia in 2010 so she had no problems finishing the half-marathon yesterday.
Wendy Walker turned in a strong performance to finish third.
No official times were available due to a technical problem.
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