Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Winning against the Odds; Jackson Claims Half-Marathon

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Winning against the Odds; Jackson Claims Half-Marathon

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NOT everything went Steve Jackson's way in the Cruise Whitsundays Half-Marathon on Sunday, but that didn't stop him from winning for the second time in three years.

Jackson overcame adversity in the form of injury and a wardrobe malfunction, as well as a record Airlie Beach Running Festival attendance, to win the annual event.

The first of Jackson's hurdles came in the first few hundred metres when his shoelace came undone - a potentially hazardous situation in a race.

"I weighed up whether to stop and tie it up but after a while the shoelace fell inside the shoe," he said.

Having built a formidable lead, things finally looked like going Jackson's way, until a glute complaint flared up.

"With about 4-5km to go it kicked in. By that stage I was feeling pretty comfortable and my lead was solid so I managed to limp home," he said.

That he did, finishing ahead of Danny Arenas and Brad Allen for the men's title.

Jackson has participated in all three Airlie Beach Running Festivals, and he admitted that it was hard to ignore the event's growth. …

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