Jenny moving on for next challenge
RUNNING: Having returned triumphant after competing in the Great Wall Marathon in China, distance runner Jenny List is set to say farewell to Monto.
List will relocate to the Sunshine Coast on Friday due to work commitments, leaving behind the community that supported her as she trained for her first adventure marathon.
The event, staged at the iconic location in May, attracted more than 1000 runners from about 60 nations.
"It was just an epic experience,” List said.
List said she had been forced to pace herself from the start at Ying and Yang Square with competitors enduring brutal heat.
"It was 40 degrees all day,” she said.
"You just wanted to finish.
"Hydration was a huge thing. You had to keep an eye on your body, your heart rate and stop every three kilometres at the drink stations.
"The longest kilometre, walking along the wall, took 36 minutes and it was all in the sun.”
The heat took a toll on List who finished a little over 20 minutes outside her target time of seven hours but she was pleased with the result nonetheless.
"I didn't go over there for the time, I went for the experience and the experience was just incredible,” she said.
"It was the 18th Great Wall run.
There was a guy there who'd done every single one and another guy who did it in bare feet.”
After completing the marathon, List spent a week exploring Beijing before returning home to Mungungo.
"I wore the Mungungo Pub singlet on the practice run because I'm very proud of that community and everyone would ask me about training,” she said.
With no social media access in China, it wasn't until getting home that List got to see the community support she had received.
"I had all these congratulations,” she said.
List said the move to the Sunshine Coast will make training easier due to access to r unning clubs, but she expects to miss running at home.
"I'll certainly miss running out past Mungungo, it's a beautiful part of the world,” she said.
The Great Wall Marathon is part of a five-race series. List is planning to continue to train in a bid to complete the remaining four adventure marathons: the Polar Circle in Greenland, Big Five Safari in South Africa, Bagan Temple in Myanmar and the Petra Desert in Jordan.