Celia Sullohern entered her name into Port Macquarie Running Festival folklore on March 12

NORTH Coast distance runner Celia Sullohern entered her name into the record books at Port Macquarie Running Festival on Sunday.

Sullohern was the first athlete to successfully complete the Treble Breakwall Buster – three events which made up a total of 36.1 kilometres.

But it was 36.1 kilometres along the scenic Hastings River after she finished the half-marathon, the 10-kilometre fun run and then finished with the five-kilometre dash.

The 24-year-old originally grew up in the Blue Mountains before she spent a couple of years completing university at Newcastle.

Recently she moved to the North Coast town of Yamba which she now calls home.

She admitted the scenery made completing the three events easier.

“It was a hard day out, but we had beautiful conditions and it was a really friendly event so I really enjoyed it,” she said.

“I was having a chat to some of the people in the half (marathon) and we were saying we wished we had a camera; running along the break wall was beautiful.”

Sullohern’s day was finished by 10.30am after she started at 7am.

“It was hard to know how to pace myself throughout the morning,” she said.

“I wanted to get a solid half-marathon in, but I had in mind I didn’t want to go 100 per cent so I had a little bit left for the other two.

“It was a real challenge coming down to the faster two events with the 10-kay and the 5-kay, but it was good to have the guys there to push me.”

The greatest challenge she faced throughout the triple-treat was staving off cramps between the start of each race.

“I had to keep moving each time to make sure I wasn’t cramping up in between races,” Sullohern said.

“I had a 40 minute break from the first one and then 25 minutes for the second.

“I’ve never done anything like this so it was interesting to try it out and see what the body did.”

With a background in running, Sullohern “seriously” took up triathlon a little over 12 months ago.

She admitted she would now contemplate dipping her toes in the water at an Ironman event, but was reluctant to put any sort of time frame on it.

“I’d love to do an Ironman at Port Macquarie,” she said.

“I haven’t planned anything yet, but that’s something I’d like to do at some point because I’ve been doing tri’s since school, but only seriously got into training in the last 12 months.

“It might be on the agenda in the next five years, we’ll wait and see.”

But for now, Sullohern has her eye on the Kingscliff triathlon in a fortnight.

“I’m in a pretty solid training block with triathlon at the moment so I thought I’d use this as part of my endurance training.”


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