IT WAS the day most runners dream of according to Ballarat’s Nathan Hartigan in his victory in the Swan River Run in Perth on Saturday.
Hartigan broke the 14-kilometre course record by two minutes with his time of 42.08, in what he described as his best performance in five years.
“It was a brilliant performance, some days you just wake up and you have a good day – the day most runners dream of,” Hartigan said.
“It’s probably the best performance I’ve put together over the last four or five years of running. Even though I only won by two seconds, I felt in control the whole way, it was just my day.”
The 32-year-old said the race win was vindication for all the hard work he has done to return to this sort of form following a horror 2015 where he was sidelined for eight months following two pelvic stress fractures.
Hartigan will now prepare for the City2Surf in Sydney on August 14, with his sights firmly set on the pinnacle of his calendar – the Melbourne Marathon on October 16. He is hoping to continue his outstanding form in order to make the Australian Team for the World Championships next year.
“I feel like I can run with anyone in Australia at the minute. “If I just keep doing everything right, hopefully I get a good result at the Melbourne Marathon and can make that elusive Australian team at the World Champs.”
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