Marathon challenge

Mercy Regional Club Running Club members build up their endurance in readiness for the Melbourne Marathon.

Mercy Regional Club Running Club members build up their endurance in readiness for the Melbourne Marathon.

MERCY Regional College students are set to go the distance at this year’s Melbourne Marathon with training in full swing.

The school’s Running Club regularly attracts 40 or more students to its early morning training sessions each Wednesday.

Teacher trainee Bethany O’Sullivan said the students set off about 7.20am and run five to six kilometres before being treated to a healthy breakfast at the school.

“We have a great turnout of students each week, but there are also a few teachers and parents involved as well,” she said.

“At the moment we’re building up our endurance levels and are working towards completing eight to nine kilometre runs.

“Our next run will be going up Mt Leura, so that will be a challenge.”

Ms O’Sullivan said it is the fifth year the Running Club has been in operation.

“Entering the Melbourne Marathon in October gives the participants a set goal to work for and spurs them on,” she said.

“Some will enter the 5.7km run, but most will enter the 10km run.

“The whole idea of the Running Club is get students outdoors and active, which hopefully becomes a way of life for them over the long-term.”

Woolworths Camperdown, Loaf and Lounge and Camperdown Dairy Company supply the weekly breakfasts.

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