Gloucester's Oz Bucketts Challenge 10 in 10 marathon event was a success

Rick Patzold completed his 311th marathon during the Oz Bucketts Challenge in Gloucester. Photo Anne Keen
Rick Patzold completed his 311th marathon during the Oz Bucketts Challenge in Gloucester. Photo Anne Keen

Wollongong's Rick Patzold runs marathons in honour of his mother, Edith and on day four of the Oz Bucketts Challenge in Gloucester, he finished his 311th marathon.

"She died of cancer in 1978. She was born in 1943," Rick explained during a quick break.

"That's why I started running marathons. I don't get to the 43 kilometre mark 'cause she isn't there to meet me, so I stop at 42.2." That's the official distance of a full marathon.

He was part of a group of avid runners who came to town to take part in the first ever 10 marathons and 10 days event to be held in Gloucester.

Karin Thorburn reaches just over the halfway mark of day four about two and a half hours after she stated running. Photo Anne Keen

Karin Thorburn reaches just over the halfway mark of day four about two and a half hours after she stated running. Photo Anne Keen

Kaz loves taking part in multi-day events and used to travel to places like Adelaide to take part in them.

Since moving to Gloucester a few years ago, she's been building the place up as a must-do destination for marathon runners.

Leading up to the challenge, which kicked off on Saturday March 27, heavy rain and major flooding in Gloucester threatened the viability of the event.

The circuit was set up around the Gloucester Showground and on Saturday March 20, it was flooded.

"We came out on Tuesday and the whole flat was underwater, but by the next day it was gone," Kaz said.

Richard Crane took up long distance running after he quit smoking. Photo Anne Keen

Richard Crane took up long distance running after he quit smoking. Photo Anne Keen

The state of the grounds required her to pick an alternative route to cover off the 3.516km circuit but the event was able to proceed.

Numbers of attendees were down a bit and some people were delayed in arriving to due flooding across the state.

Five people took part in the full 10 in 10 event, with an additional one doing 8 in 8, one doing 7 in 7 and one doing 4 in 4.

Each completing 12 circuits to make the 42.2km distance.

"We were expecting about 10 to 15 runners but the rain and the floods held people back," Kaz explained.

All in all, it was a really good turn out and Kaz is really happy with how it all went.

Karin Thorburn takes a selfie as journalist Anne Keen takes her photo.

Karin Thorburn takes a selfie as journalist Anne Keen takes her photo.

Runners came from Queensland, South Australia, Wollongong, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Canberra.

Richard Crane was the ACT runner and the one doing the 4 in 4.

Day four of the challenge was only day one for him but is wasn't his first marathon nor his first multi-day event.

"I started running when I quit smoking in 2005. I joined a running club in the UK and it just progressed from there," Richard smiled.

"I probably run about 20 marathons a year."

He took up running as a way off-setting his smoking habit - replacing a bad habit with a healthy one.

The event finished up on Easter Monday, April 5.