Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

KING OF ROAD; Dawson Delivers Lesson on Inspiration with Glory in Queensland Events

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

KING OF ROAD; Dawson Delivers Lesson on Inspiration with Glory in Queensland Events

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Byline: DAVID LEMS

GROWING up as a chubby kid in Lowood, Clay Dawson could only dream of one day running a marathon.

However, after losing nearly 40kg since working out and taking up running, the sky is the limit for the humble regional competitor.

While he's yet to tackle a gruelling 42km race, the passionate Rosewood State High School teacher has already provided a lesson in inspiration.

Deciding to try running 18 months ago, Dawson has finished top three in a series of testing races around Queensland.

His wins last year included the Park2Park (10km), Rotary runs at Nathan (11km) and St Lucia (10km), Mt Coot-tha King of the Mountain (10km) and Toowoomba Marathon Festival (10km).

He was 2011 series champion after winning each 10km event in the five-race Allez Cartwright competition. He also was overall winner in the Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival, also over 10km.

Dawson placed second or third in the Resolution Run (10km), Lowood Rail Trail (8km), Royal Run For Research (8km), Brisbane Mousdash (10.5km) and Price Waterhouse Cool Night Classic (5km).

That was all in his first season of competition.

This year, the art teacher's successes include wins or second placings in the Resolution Run, Toowoomba Peak2Park, Rotary Run at Nathan, Koala Fun Run Redlands, Caloundra Foreshore Fun Run and Mothers Day Classic over 8km.

But while proud of what he has achieved, 30-year-old Dawson prefers to use his success to encourage other young people to have a go.

C[pounds sterling]I'm definitely not a gifted athlete,C[yen] the former Lowood High School student said.

C[pounds sterling]I remember running cross countries at school and I wasn't very good.

C[pounds sterling]It's more just a bit of mental toughness.C[yen]

Dropping from 118kg to his current running weight of 70kg shows the benefits of doing weights and training regularly with other like-minded people. …

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