ECHUCA-MOAMA marathon star Brady Threlfall continued his run towards the 2018 Commonwealth Games when he blitzed a large field to win yesterday’s Run Melbourne half marathon.
Threlfall improved his 2016 time by almost 45 seconds and finished in a time of 1.09:29 – more than three minutes ahead of the second-placed runner.
He is running the Berlin marathon on September 24 in a bid to crack the Commonwealth Games qualifying time of 2.19.
“The plan with my coach was to do 69 minutes today, and I was really hoping to maybe do slightly better than that, but am still pretty happy with how I went,” Threlfall (pictured below) said.
“It is a tricky course, a lot of up and down and turns – one minute you are feeling a Million dollars and the next you are up against it,” he said.
“Once I realised I was out in front on my own I started having all these thoughts about how it might go wrong – hit the wall, a stitch, and I started running scared.
“But in the end I did 1.10:15 last year so this time shows I am on track for what I want to do in Berlin.”
With September 24 so close Threlfall said he could not afford to slow down despite yesterday’s run.
He did a 7km loosener after getting home from Melbourne before hitting the ice bath last night.
Still planning to clock 170km in training this week Threlfall said he would have to train through his recovery.
“I pulled up OK and feel good right now so I guess my Monday run will give me a better idea of how I am going.”