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Conquering the Great Ocean Road Half Marathon

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Ready to start Great Ocean Road Half Marathon! Photo: Augustine Chua

I recently took part in the Great Ocean Road Marathon (half marathon), which was held on 15 May 2016 at Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

Australia’s cool weather is perfect for running. With the race starting at 8am, rhere was no need to rush to beat the sun because it would still be cool enough to run at noon. We were shuttled from Apollo Bay to the starting line for the Half Marathon at Kennett River. 

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Sunrise at Kennett River, Great Ocean Road. Photo: Augustine Chua

We caught the sunrise at the beach and the view was amazing. What a great start!

A lot of people were running the Half Marathon as well. To be honest, the Great Ocean Road Marathon is a more scenic race, great for views rather than getting a personal best (PB).

Even though there was quite a bit of elevation, it was not that tiring because of the good weather. This area was quite sparsely populated. Still, there were a few locals who took to the road side to cheer for the runners and offered Jelly Snakes and Jelly Beans! It was a very lovely gesture. 

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Great view! Photo: Augustine Chua

There were only a few hydration points, about 5km or so apart. However, because the weather was so cooling, you won’t really feel dehydrated. There were not many volunteers but they more than made up for the lack of numbers by being extremely cheerful. 

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Super cheerful volunteers. Photo: Augustine Chua

Eventually, the sky started to get cloudy but I was lucky to have a wind breaker with me that served as a raincoat. It was a pleasant surprise to see not just one, but two rainbows!

At the finishing line, the locals were out cheering for the runners. The announcer managed to get each runner’s name as they crossed the line and with all the alacrity and good humour! He congratulated each runner as they ran past the finishing line.

All in all, it was a great running vacation. We flew with Scoot from Singapore to Melbourne. Melbourne itself was an adventure. The car ride from Melbourne to Apollo Bay took around 4 hours. The roads were mostly empty so it’s quite a relaxing and easy ride.

If you want to explore the coast of Victoria Australia and have a good run, the Great Ocean Road Marathon is the race to go for! 

This article was contributed by Augustine Chua.

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