Vanessa Crossley cheers on Rob Gale.
Vanessa Crossley cheers on Rob Gale.

Survivor kept running for personal challenge

By MEL MARTIN

FOR Rob Gale, nothing could beat the feeling of running through the City to Surf finish line. Because only a few years ago, Mr Gale wasn't sure he would live, and this year he ran Syd- ney's famous 14-kilometre race in 68.51 minutes, finishing 3933rd out of 63,000 entries. "I loved it, it was fantastic," Mr Gale said. "It was so good to finish, and a great feeling to be running, there is such a good vibe there." Four years ago, Mr Gale re- ceived a bone marrow transplant after battling a rare blood disor- der called myelofibrosis, which morphed into leukaemia. The City to Surf was not only a personal challenge, but a chance to help the Leukaemia Foundation, and this resolve drove him on. "Towards the 12 kilometre mark, it started getting tough, but I knew I had to hang on," Mr Gale said. "I knew I would beat my 70- minute mark, and I had a bit saved up for the end. "There were bands playing along the road, but every now and again I'd turn off and just lis- ten to the footsteps, and that was all I could hear." But the biggest achievement was raising $2102 for the Leu- keamia Foundation, and Vanessa Crossley from the foundation was more than im- pressed with Mr Gale's effort. "I think he's done extremely well," Ms Crossley said. "Anyone who has a bone marrow trans- plant and survives, then runs a marathon is pretty amazing."



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