TASH Fraser has described her triumph in the inaugural ultra marathon along the Great Ocean Road as one of the biggest highlights of her life.
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The 28-year-old charged to victory in the women’s section of the 60km event and finished overall third against the men.
Her time of 4:33:01hr was well clear of the women’s runner-up Nicole Paton, who clocked 5:00:58hr.
Fraser said she placed a strong emphasis on her nutrition throughout the race.
“I just made sure I had a big focus on getting all that fuel in and drinking at every aid station,” she said.
“The energy levels stayed consistent and I had no cramping, so the nutrition worked out well.”
Fraser believed the hilly nature of the course played to her strengths, with Sunday’s wind and rain both factors for the competitors.
She said the atmosphere in the run home was “brilliant”.
“Coming through to the finish line, the crowd was so supportive,” Fraser said.
The Ballarat athlete is now setting her sights on the 50km Centennial Park Ultra in Sydney during August.
This event will be used as a lead-up to her appearance for Australia at the world 100km championships in November.
These titles have been shifted from Qatar to Spain.
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