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."