08 October 2006
2006 Samsung Melbourne Marathon
Just a short walk from our apartment saw us arrive at the finish of the 2006 Samsung Melbourne Marathon in St Kilda Road. The athletes started off at 8am in Frankston endudring rather blustery conditions en-route which saw temperatures hovering around 17, instead of yesterday's balmy 28 degrees. Less ambitious competitors could complete a half marathon or 7.5kms. Perhaps a personal objective for next year will the the half marathon.
Today's race was won by a Japanese athlete (Suzuki, whose first name I will not attempt to spell), the first non-Australian to win the race since 1998, when Dan Radebe from South Africa finished in top spot.
After watching an endless stream of half marathon competitors come over the finishing line, we saw the first three finishers in the marathon arrive home; we stayed in for the prize giving, enjoying the bright sunshine, which moderated the cold of the southeryly wind.