Angaston’s Finest Ready for Runaway Barossa
The unofficial seven member Angaston Women’s Running Group is going to be well represented at Runaway Barossa with local mum Alice Howard and her friend Sarah Barrett running the full distance, while three other ladies and even the two ‘gentlemen’ of the group competing in the half marathon.
In the final stages of their preparation Alice confirmed that everyone is in good form, trained up and committed to putting in strong performances in their ‘hometown” event.
“We call ourselves the Angaston Women’s Running Group but it is really seven friends that meet in Angaston three or four times a week and run together. It is all very unofficial and two of our members are blokes but they are quite happy being part of the women’s running group.”
“Between us all we have run a number of marathons and do events all over the place but we really are just a group that help each other train. When you are running big distances in training you really get to know people quite well and it has become quite social.”
“I wouldn’t be able to do it on my own and it is wonderful to know there is someone else there to run with. A couple of times I have said I will do a long run on my own and I have barely gone five kilometers, I get so bored. But when there is one other person next to you it makes all the difference.”
Alice starting running in her twenties just for exercise andover time she just started gradually doing more and more but in the last five years commitment to her running has grown.
“A long time ago the big run I used to do was the City to Bay which is only 12 km but I haven’t done that for a few years now. When I first started it was my big run but now we do 12 kliometres three times a week in our normal training. It is amazing how your mind and body adapt over time. Once you have done one big run you realize that you really can do it and it is easier the next time.”
Alice and her fellow members are all looking forward to the inaugural Runaway Barossa Marathon and the challenge of setting a personal best on the brand new one lap course.
“It is nice to know there is a brand new event in the neighbourhood and on this one the course looks quite interesting, a little bit more undulating and going into paddocks and past vines and through towns which makes it a bit more exciting. As a runner it is nice to keep things fresh and the fact that the marathon course is one big loop is very appealing.”
“With three kids, a family and work it is always a balance but my training is going well and it is all on track. During the week we meet at 6am and run somewhere between 7-12 km and we do our long runs on the weekend and we are all doing our 30km runs at the moment. We have been trying to hit the flats as much as we can for the long runs but Angaston is right in the hills so there are not many flat parts. You can’t avoid hills and we always finish our runs on an uphill which always sucks. You can always do more but I think we will be okay.”
Spring is a beautiful time in the Barossa Valley and Alice and her running partners are thankful that winter training is finally behind them.
“There have been a couple of wet mornings, dark, foggy and drizzly and if it is really horrible we don’t go but we have been lucky and dodged all the bad weather pretty much. It is getting better and better and lighter and lighter which makes it a bit easier. October and Spring time in the Barossa will be beautiful. Even now the vines are bursting, everything is green and lush and it is looking really good.”
Alice is encouraging all her family, friends and Barossa locals to come down to the event on race day Saturday 21 October to cheer everyone on and join in the activities at the Finish Line Festival at Peter Lehman Wines in Tanunda.
“The festival will be great and I will be dragging the family along to watch and hopefully they will get around the course and see us at a few different locations to hand me some lollies as we go past and inspire me to keep going. The family will also be there at the end of the race and then we can all hang around and enjoy the finish line.”
“I think it is great thing to have the race on a Saturday too because it gives you that day to recover and enjoy a few wines. We always say that we run so that we can enjoy life and eat and drink. We live in the Barossa where there is good food and wine around us, so if you are running lots you don’t feel so guilty when you do indulge,” she said.