The Great Southern Marathon taken out in a threepeat

Paul Mulholland and his son Cael have taken out Aldingas Great Southern Half-Marathon and 10km race respectively. 

Blitzing the field: Paul Mulholland setting up his threepeat Aldinga half-marathon win which was also the fastest recorded time for the event. Photo: Supplied.

Blitzing the field: Paul Mulholland setting up his threepeat Aldinga half-marathon win which was also the fastest recorded time for the event. Photo: Supplied.

On Sunday, July 15 the Great Southern Half-Marathon was held for its third consecutive year, attracting competitors from around the state.

While many competitors may have turned up to set their own personal bests and experience the unique running course, anyone who turned up in hopes of winning the event would have had their dreams shattered, as Paul took out the half-marathon for the third year running with a time of 1:14:00.

Paul who has been running seriously for the past six years said winning the event was a real buzz, especially because it has grown so exponentially since its first year.

Having recently competed in the Adelaide marathon and a half-marathon in Geelong for training, being able to compete in an event which is different to most was a highlight for Paul.

“Being a race which is held over beach, track and sealed road makes it quite unique as half-marathons are typically held on all flat and sealed roads.”

Being a race which is held over beach, track and sealed road makes it quite unique as half-marathons are typically held on all flat and sealed roads.

Paul Mulholland

While Paul was busy taking out the half-marathon, his son Cael was busy winning the 10km with a time of 37:46, impressively this was only his ‘training pace’, as he had been told by his coach not to go flat out.

Following their success, both Cael and Paul will be soon be competing interstate at the National Cross-Country Championships.

President of the Southern Athletics Club Matt Evans said that the day ran amazingly well with just under 600 runners, perfect conditions and very little wind at the start, it ran very smoothly despite having almost 1000 people out at the event.

The club mascot Sonja the Shark was also present on the day to help push the athletes over the line. 

“Paul set a course record which was a very respectable time for any half-marathon,” he said.

At the end of the day the athletics club were very pleased to make donations from the proceeds of the event; giving $750 to the Roger Rasheed Sport Foundation and $500 to the Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club to help them recover from the recent storm damage they suffered.

Next year the club is aiming to make a few modifications to the course and hope to attract over 1000 entrants.