Half marathon only “training”

Colac's Stephen Rippon will contest Sunday's Great Ocean Road Half Marathon in training for a triathlon later this year.

A COLAC endurance runner will use the Great Ocean Road Half Marathon as training.

Stephen Rippon, 43, hopes to build up his endurance enough to contest a triathlon later this year, and hopes Sunday’s 23-kilometre run will have him in peak condition.

The Civic Home Hardware manager said running was a way to wind down after work, and setting goals helped him keep fit.

“It’s a good stress-relief too,” Rippon said.

“I’m sitting down a lot at work so it’s good to get out after work and go for a run,” he said.

Rippon, whose training includes 30 to 40 kilometres a week – and 20 km on weekends – will have plenty of support in the coastal event, running alongside younger brother David, 39.

“I did the very first Great Ocean Road full marathon when it first started in about 2005,” he said.

“I’ve only done two or three actual marathons, and they take a bit more training.”

Rippon, a father of two, said finishing a marathon was enough motivation to get out and compete.

“The motivation is finishing the marathon, so there’s a goal at the end of it,” he said.

“Once I’ve got a goal in my mind I know I’ve got something to work towards, and I’m hoping to finish the 23ks in a reasonable time – about one hour and 50 minutes.”

“And I want to do a half triathlon in November, that’s sort of my ultimate goal.”

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