Buchanan aims for Commonwealth Games marathon | Bendigo Advertiser


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Bendigo track and field champion Andy Buchanan’s goal is to START in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games marathon next year or to win world track and field titles in the United States. Australia’s 10km cross country champion in 2017 and 18, Buchanan’s pursuit for the Games or the selection of world champions will intensify at the Melbourne Marathon on December 12. The 42.2 km world title marathon in Eugene, Ore., Takes place on July 17. Less than two weeks later, the Commonwealth Games showdown will take place on July 30. Three athletes will represent Australia in these events. Buchanan raced against this year’s Tokyo Olympics marathoners Liam Adams, Brett Robinson and Jack Rayner on road, track and cross-country. Despite a year rocked by the cancellation of many races due to Covid blockages, Buchanan continued to train. “It’s been tough for so many sports, including track and field, but what’s great is that you can train without too much hassle,” said the number one Bendigo University Pride long-distance runner. A major goal for Buchanan in 2020 was to compete in his first marathon at the Gold Coast Running Festival. The race was canceled days earlier after a Covid outbreak. “It was really disappointing after the amount of work that went into it,” Buchanan said of a block training of up to 180 km per week. “You can’t sustain marathon training for a long time. It’s not just the distances you run, but also the pace you run,” he said. “These are the times when you look at the big picture.” Like many athletes, Buchanan struggled for motivation to train at different times of the year. “There have been ups and downs. “Some days or weeks the motivation to train was lower. As an athlete, a lot is focused on the goals of a race. “The preparation is great, but when a race isn’t going for a variety of reasons, it’s not that easy to manage.” Buchanan and Newcastle-based coach Scott Westcott, who finished fourth in the marathon at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, established another training block until December. “The intensity of training dropped after Gold Coast, but will now increase again,” said Buchanan, who has not gone for a run, is a track and field coach for the Bendigo South East athlete development program. Secondary College at Flora Hill. Last summer he won the inaugural 5km Frenzy on the Bendigo track and also took fifth place in the Zatopek 10,000m, which doubled the national title race. Buchanan got off to a good start to this year’s Athletics Victoria-led cross country series. He was the first and fastest in the 6km team relay at Jells Park and also triumphed in the 8km at Lardner Park and 12km at Cruden Farm. Buchanan led the race for the champion athlete title while Bendigo Bats led the men’s divisions two, four and seven, and finished second in the women’s division four. Bendigo juniors were also prominent in the under 20, 18 and 16 age groups. The top four in the men’s open country athlete award were Buchanan and Bendigo teammates Brady Threlfall, Nathan Stoate and Archie Reid. “It was great to see so many athletes racing so well for the Bendigo area,” Buchanan said of the XCR ’21 series. “I hope the momentum continues into next season.” Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how to access our trusted content:



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