AN APOLLO BAY family is gearing up to run in the weekend’s Great Ocean Road Marathon.
Each of the five Tallis-Terry family members are competing in sections of the event along one of Australia’s most iconic roads, while raising money for the Apollo Bay Health Foundation.
Husband and wife John Tallis and Bettina Terry are tackling the 23-kilometre half marathon on Sunday, while their children Thomas, 12, and Olivia, 10, are running in the six-kilometre Marengo run and seven-year-old Samantha is running in a 1.5-kilometre Kid’s Gallop tomorrow.
Mr Tallis, 45, is a keen cyclist who has run a half marathon before, but will attempt his first Great Ocean Road marathon on Sunday.
He said the remainder of his family had trained well for their events in preparation for the scenic run.
“I thought my running days were almost finished and I thought I’d give it one more go,” Mr Tallis said.
“We’ve been doing a little bit, we keep fit anyway,” he said.
“I did a little five-kilometre run with Thomas and he was fine, I do similar runs with Liv, so they’re used to running and Bettina has done a bit of running.”
Mr Tallis said the experience of going along the road on either foot or two wheels was one to savour, and he was looking forward to sharing it with thousands of other competitors this Sunday.
“I’ve rode it many, many times, about two times a week, and I’m very much looking forward to it,” he said.
“When you’re out on the bike by yourself, you turn some of those cutting corners and the sun’s coming up and it’s just glorious.
“I’ll have 4000 competitors around, but we’ll be there enjoying it.”
Mr Tallis said he hoped the views and atmosphere would help runners get through the tough conditions, and he had received sound advice not to get excited at the starting line.
“I don’t think Heartbreak Hill or Cape Patton will be too much drama, we’ll be carried away by the moment,” he said.
“I was talking to one of the organisers and they said ‘whatever you do, don’t get carried away at the start’, you’ll just get lost in the moment’.”