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13 October 2021
By Sarah Matthews
After completing 10 marathons, Horsham’s Vicki Tyler was ready to ‘hang up the shoes’ and call time on gruelling, long-distance running… until her daughter Bianca decided to take it up herself.
“I’m 60 and I thought I had enough, but Bianca was keen to do a marathon, so I couldn’t not do it with her,” Vicki said.
“My son Tim ran his first marathon in Melbourne in 2019 and I did it with him. That was a real highlight, so I decided I’d do one more with Bianca.”
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The Tylers were targeting the annual Melbourne Marathon – cancelled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic – but decided this year’s revised December date was unsuitable.
“Because of COVID, our Melbourne Marathon was postponed until December this year or October next year,” Vicki said.
“We couldn’t do it in December, it’s just too hot, and it might not happen either.
“We were just at our peak with our training, so we thought, nup, we’re going to do it this weekend. It was just great.”
On Saturday, Vicki and Bianca completed a 42.2-kilometre run in Horsham.
Vicki said she was proud to cross the line alongside Bianca, 32. “She did a half with me in 2018 and she only did about 13 kilometres,” she said.
“She hit a wall in Melbourne and said it was too hot, but anyway, she hadn’t put the shoes back on until now.
“And now she’s done it, her first marathon. All the training has paid off.”
Vicki said she completed a 12-week training program, with Bianca’s program comprising 18 weeks.
“I think it’s very important to follow your program to a tee if you can, just so you don’t hit that wall,” she said.
“The most we ran was about 32 kilometres three weeks ago, and then we started tapering.”
Vicki paid tribute to Run Horsham group members, who provided support, along with Kelly Miller, who completed the marathon run alongside the pair.
Three friends also completed a half marathon.
“It was great,” Vicki said.
“We had so much support along the whole way – music, drink stations and so on – it was like actually doing it in Melbourne.
“You say you’re doing something and they all jump in and help you get your dream. They’re unbelievable.”
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