Jack Curran.
Jack Curran. Renee Pilcher

Curran on welcome respite

GYMPIE long-distance running champion Jack Curran is back in town spending the Easter holidays with his family.

“It’s good to be back home for a while,” he said from his family home yesterday.

The two weeks away from boarding school in Brisbane is a chance for the athletic talent to take stock of an already busy year.

Last month, Curran attended the National Athletics Titles in Sydney, competing in the 1500 metres and 3kmevents.

Stepping up to take on rivals a year old than himself (under 18) Curran enjoyed a mixed bag of results.

In the 1500 metres, he broke a personal best time by three seconds, stopping the clock at 3 minutes and 56 seconds to finish second.

“I’m happy with my performance in the 1500 metres obviously because of the personal best,” he said.

Curran said he wasn’t too impressed with his time in the 3km event, finishing seventh.

“My time was quite a bit below my personal best.

“I definitely could have done better but I just didn’t have the energy for that race.”

Since moving to Brisbane, Curran said he was better managing the demands of his academic study and training schedule.

“My results are better than last year and I think that’s mainly because I’m more settled and comfortable.”

Curran said his focus was now on continuing to tinker with his running technique and improving his speed and endurance.

“I did a 5km run in Mooloolaba at the end of the last term and I really felt my speed could have been improved,” he said.

To achieve this, he is balancing a mixture of shorter and longer distance training runs.

“I’ve seen some improvement already but there is a long way to go,” Curran said.

Curran’s schedule is open until the end of August when he will gear up for national cross-country titles in Brisbane.

Winning the event last year, Curran will be keen on a repeat performance.

He is also looking to repeat a team win at the annual Race the Rattler.

Curran anchored the relay team to a rousing win over the Valley Rattler last year, crossing the line with only seconds separating him from the steam train.

It’s good to be back home for a while.

Gympie Times

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