ATHLETES Ed Brazier and Rodney Koopmans joined a select group who have finished the WRATS Heartbreak half marathon in less than one hour and 40 minutes.
The annual event, under the auspices of Woolgoolga Running and Triathlon Society, is arguably the toughest on the Coffs Coast athletics program and the top performers always need to pull out something extra for victory.
The course west of Woolgoolga, takes runners from Apex Park past the 'widow-maker' and back along Gentle Annie Forest Road.
The run is substantially uphill for the first 10.5km before the brakes go on for the tricky downhill trek to the finish line.
On this occasion, Brazier always looked in command.
He completed the event in 1.30.58, followed in by Koopmans, nine minutes and 21 seconds later.
Craig Wirth filled third place.
The most astonishing effort came from fourth placegetter Peter Mitchell in his Heartbreak debut.
Despite the obstacles in his way, Peter actually posted a faster time than he recorded on the mostly flat Coffs Harbour half marathon course.
Tina Thompson led the ladies home with Judy Chesney showing the benefit of consistent training by taking second berth.
Next WRATS event is the Pub To Pub Fun Run from the Golden Dog at Glenreagh to the Amble Inn at Corindi, on Sunday, January 11.
That race gets away at 6am for the comfort of runners.
Ed Brazier 1.30.58, 1;
Rodney Koopmans 1.39.29, 2;
Craig Wirth 1.40.49, 3;
Peter Mitchell 1.48.01, 4;
Phil Benoit 1.49.00, 5;
Gary Barton 2.22.52, 6;
Steel Beveridge 3.27.11, 7.
Tina Thompson 2.07.13, 1;
Judy Chesney 2.36.33, 2;
Tina Benoit 3.27.11, 3.