Runner chases distance honours
POTTSVILLE athlete Andrew Walters has been named by Athletics Queensland as a member of the State team to compete in the Australian Marathon Championships.
The selection will see Walters seeded amongst the elite athletes for next week's Gold Coast Marathon.
He is one of two athletes to be chosen for the team from Gold Coast club Victory Sports to compete in the championships which are held as part of the Gold Coast event.
Former Canberra runner and Victory Sports teammate Brian Livingstone also was named as part of the team.
Both athletes only recently moved to the area, with Walters making the switch to warmer climes from Melbourne.
"It's certainly made training a lot more enjoyable when you don't have to battle those dark, cold mornings," he said.
"It also means I'll be well and truly acclimatised for race day after being here for two weeks."
Walters was a starter in last year's race but like many top Melbourne runners, failed to finish in the unusually warm and humid conditions.
Coached by four-time Gold Coast winner Pat Carroll, he has been logging up to 175km a week in preparation for the race on Sunday week.
"It's certainly been helpful to be able to put my preparation in the hands of someone with such experience," he said.
"We've only been working together for a couple of months but I've already improved enormously."
Walters proved his credentials for the Queensland team with a strong 71-minute run over the hilly course of the Sydney Half Marathon last month.