Sporting legend Michael Milton smashed a world record yesterday
when he finished his first ever marathon more than one hour and 20 minutes
ahead of the old mark.
The Guiness World Record for the fastest marathon on cruches (one leg) is
yet to be ratified but Milton says the record is secondary to just
competing the gruelling race.
"It was never really about the record. I always knew that I could set a
good pace as long as I survived the distance," he said after the race.
Milton crossed the finish line to be welcomed by his family and some of teh
greats of marathon running, including Rob de Castella and Steve Moneghetti.
"Bloody incredible. So inspirational! No mountain to high," said de
Castella on Twitter.
Milton could barely stand after the gruelling 42.195km race and his hands
were blistered and sore. He was pushed off course in a wheelchair by de
Castella but recovered quickly.
Today he is resting with family and friends.
"At a function the other day Deeks said that marathons aren't fun. I know
now, from personal experience that he was right. I am so glad I did it
though," said Milton.
He praised his support crew and all those who cheered him on both on the
course and off.
"There were people cheering and clapping along the whole course. They
really spurred me on. There was a guy running behind me called Michael and
I think he really appreciated it as well."
Photo courtesy of goldcoast.com.au. Photographer David Clark.