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English and King crowned Australian marathon national champions

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Atherton hosted the Australian marathon championships

Atherton hosted the Australian marathon championships
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Peta Mullens, 2012 champion, was forced out on lap 2 of 3

Peta Mullens, 2012 champion, was forced out on lap 2 of 3
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Race winner Jenny Fay croses a creek. Creeks were high after 85mm of rain in recent weeks.

Race winner Jenny Fay croses a creek. Creeks were high after 85mm of rain in recent weeks.
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Imogen Smith returned to distance racing after a break

Imogen Smith returned to distance racing after a break
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Donna Dall won the masters category

Donna Dall won the masters category
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Peta Mullens on lap 1

Peta Mullens on lap 1
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Jenny Fay

Jenny Fay
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Jenni King as lead Australian

Jenni King as lead Australian
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Queenslander Jodie Willet

Queenslander Jodie Willet
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Sarah Riley leads Terri Rhodes on lap 1

Sarah Riley leads Terri Rhodes on lap 1
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Second place to 2012 champ Andy Blair

Second place to 2012 champ Andy Blair
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2012 marathon champ and 24-hour solo champ Jason English

2012 marathon champ and 24-hour solo champ Jason English
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Canberra's Dylan Cooper was a first lap casualty of the race

Canberra's Dylan Cooper was a first lap casualty of the race
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Jason McAvoy in the masters race

Jason McAvoy in the masters race
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Garry James had to DNF due to cramps

Garry James had to DNF due to cramps
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Canberra's John Henderson on way to winning super masters

Canberra's John Henderson on way to winning super masters
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Cairns rider Lesley Sutton won the veteran women's race

Cairns rider Lesley Sutton won the veteran women's race
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Target Trek rider Luke Fetch withdrew on lap 3 due to heat

Target Trek rider Luke Fetch withdrew on lap 3 due to heat
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Jason McAvoy

Jason McAvoy
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Local rider Oliver Phillips on the way to third place in U23 race

Local rider Oliver Phillips on the way to third place in U23 race
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Second place Andy Blair

Second place Andy Blair
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Jason English

Jason English
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Peter Kutschera

Peter Kutschera
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Jenny Fay wins the race, but not the championships because she is an Irish citizen

Jenny Fay wins the race, but not the championships because she is an Irish citizen
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Jenni King as the lead Australian woman

Jenni King as the lead Australian woman
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Jenny Fay on her final lap

Jenny Fay on her final lap
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Jenni King on her final lap

Jenni King on her final lap
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Jason English celebrates with a wheelie at the finish

Jason English celebrates with a wheelie at the finish
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Jason English is interviewed after the race

Jason English is interviewed after the race
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Andy Blair in second

Andy Blair in second
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Ed McDonald

Ed McDonald
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Leasie Felderhof

Leasie Felderhof
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Ireland's Jenny Fay wins the women's race

Ireland's Jenny Fay wins the women's race
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Men's podium: Michael Crosbie, Andy Blair, Jason English, Peter Hatton, Shaun Lewis

Men's podium: Michael Crosbie, Andy Blair, Jason English, Peter Hatton, Shaun Lewis
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Jenni King at the finish

Jenni King at the finish
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Jenny Fay and Peta Mullens

Jenny Fay and Peta Mullens
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Women's podium: Sarah Riley, Jenni King, Jenny Fay, Terri Rhodes and Jodie Willet

Women's podium: Sarah Riley, Jenni King, Jenny Fay, Terri Rhodes and Jodie Willet
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Australian marathon podium: Terri Rhodes, Jenni King, Sarah Riley

Australian marathon podium: Terri Rhodes, Jenni King, Sarah Riley
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Women's Australian marathon championships podium: Terri Rhodes, Jenni King, Sarah Riley

Women's Australian marathon championships podium: Terri Rhodes, Jenni King, Sarah Riley
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Atherton decked out the streets but also turned on the the heat and humidity

Atherton decked out the streets but also turned on the the heat and humidity
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Jenny Fay at the bottle drop before the start

Jenny Fay at the bottle drop before the start
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Jason English at the bottle drop

Jason English at the bottle drop
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2012 Australian marathon champ Peta Mullens signs in

2012 Australian marathon champ Peta Mullens signs in
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2012 Men's marathon champion Andy Blair signs in

2012 Men's marathon champion Andy Blair signs in
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Terri Rhodes signs in

Terri Rhodes signs in
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Jenni King on her way to winning the Australian marathon nationals

Jenni King on her way to winning the Australian marathon nationals
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Naomi Hansen on her way to sixth place

Naomi Hansen on her way to sixth place
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Local rider Adam Cobain started strongly but withdrew on lap 3

Local rider Adam Cobain started strongly but withdrew on lap 3
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Atherton rider Leasie Feelderhof on her way to second in the super masters

Atherton rider Leasie Feelderhof on her way to second in the super masters
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Andy Blair led for the first two laps

Andy Blair led for the first two laps
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Jason English looks comfortable

Jason English looks comfortable
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Harrison Ware would win the U23 race

Harrison Ware would win the U23 race
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Target Trek Richard Peil won the master's men

Target Trek Richard Peil won the master's men
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Atherton MTB Park benefitted from many new trails in the past year

Atherton MTB Park benefitted from many new trails in the past year
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Nick Bowman, director of IMBA Australia

Nick Bowman, director of IMBA Australia
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Jason English (Merida OnTheGo) and Jenni King (Target Trek) won the 2013 Australian marathon national championships in Atherton, Queensland.

Men

English took out the gruelling 103-kilometre race in a time of five hours, 18 minutes - just over two minutes ahead of 2012 defending champion Andy Blair (Swell-Specialized). Peter Hatton (Giant Racing) rounded out the podium, crossing the line in five hours, 33 minutes.

A five-time solo 24-hour mountain bike world champion, English had the endurance to come from behind to clinch the win.

"Because this race went out to five hours it worked in my favour," English said.

English moved from fifth place to second after two laps of the challenging tropical terrain before taking the lead with just 13 kilometres left to race.

"I knew if Andy didn't slow down he would keep the gap." English said of his second lap feats. "I had to rely on the challenge of the tough climbs to work their magic in my favour."

The green and gold jersey adds to English's solo 24-Hour Australian title won over the Easter long weekend in Canberra.

"Two national titles in three weeks, I feel a bit greedy but I'm stoked," English said.

After leading for the majority of the race, second placed Blair said he gave it everything.

"I wanted to ride my own race - if anyone got across to me I wanted to make them work for it," Blair said. "When Jason reached me, I couldn't hold his pace and he got away from me. I'm really happy with my race today though."

Women

In the women's race, it was Victoria's Jenni King who prevailed to claim the national title ahead of Therese Rhodes (Liv/Giant) and Sarah Riley (Liv/Giant).

King completed the 103-kilometre course in a time of six hours, 45 minutes - 15 minutes ahead of Rhodes and a further 23 minutes to Riley.

"I was just happy to finish, I had heard how tough the course was," King said.

"I wasn't even thinking about the result, but it's a bonus to take the national title," the 2012 Australian Cross Country National Champion said.

2012 defending champion Peta Mullens (Target-Trek) was forced to withdraw midway through the race, leaving the door open for teammate King to claim the Australian jersey.

Irish national Jenny Fay (Swell-Specialised) was the first across the line but unable to claim the Australian National title.

"I rode away into the lead early in the second lap," Fay said. "From there, I raced conservatively but still working on the climbs which are my strength - the course suited me down to the ground, in fact if I could dream of a course this is it."

Fay was disappointed her nationality prevented her from claiming the Australian title.

"It's a bittersweet day given I still have Irish nationality, so I can only claim the race win. I'm looking forward to racing the Irish national marathon champs in September," Fay said.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jason English5:18:59
2Andrew Blair0:02:41
3Peter Hatton0:14:52
4Michael Crosbie0:17:42
5Shaun Lewis0:22:01
6Chris Hanson0:29:49
7Peter Kutschera0:30:45
8Edward McDonald0:42:32
9Graeme Arnott0:48:06
10Nelson Tilley0:52:04
11Rohin Adams0:55:10
12Daniel Rubach0:55:16
13Chris Fisher1:00:42
14Dominic Hoyal1:00:51
15Nigel James1:10:37
16Mike Blewitt1:14:35
17Paul Mashford1:18:45
18Lennon Colclough1:19:49
19Wayne Dickinson1:21:41
20Anthony Hoyal1:22:32
21Liam McCrory1:23:06
22Jason McAvoy1:30:36
23John Henderson1:39:06
24Gavin Scott1:45:48
25Graham Grant1:45:50
26Peter Selkrig1:53:16
27Darren Caruso1:57:10
28Ben May2:01:34
29Brian Tracey2:04:50
30Les Heap2:12:44
31Jon Standage2:17:48
32Jake Salmon2:19:23
33Andrew Janke2:29:02
34Tim O'Dwyer2:42:39
35Scott Green2:56:08
36Warren Pike3:00:52
37Malcolm Lindsay3:02:35
38Daniel Matthews3:07:41
39David Lyons3:15:39
40Jackson Curtis3:26:48
41Bradley Wassmuth3:32:03
-1 LapMichael Mehonoshen
-1 LapStephen King
-1 LapNick Verhoeven
DNFAdrian Jackson
DNFKyle Ward
DNFLuke Fetch
DNFDaniel McDonald
DNFJeff Rubach
DNFWayne Evans
DNFKarl Bull
DNFScott Emmerson
DNFRobert Waters
DNFGarry James
DNFRoeland Suys
DNFRay Giddins
DNFIan Kruger
DNFMatt Driver
DNFGavin Taylor
DNFJason Bray
DNFAndrew Graham
DNFPeter Gibson
DNFRon Whitehead
DNFAdam Cobain
DNFBrendan Johnston
DNFGary Purtell
DNFJosh Prentice
DNFJordan Depledge-Smith
DNFBrendon Skerke
DNFRaymond Rhodes
DNFGreg Parr
DNFAnthony Shippard
DNFMichael Lentas
DNFDylan Cooper
DNFPeter Winfield
DNFChris Perkins
DNSMurray Spink
DNSAndrei Tonello
DNSBrendan Hills

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jenny Fay (Irl)6:37:54
2Jenni King0:08:03
3Therese Rhodes0:22:44
4Sarah Riley0:29:09
5Jodie Willett0:39:10
6Naomi Hansen0:44:12
7Imogen Smith0:49:46
8Maggie Synge1:08:48
9Sharon Heap
10Donna Dall
11Lauretta Howarth
12Lesley Sutton
13Leasie Felderhof
DNFPeta Mullens
DNFNienke Oostra
DNSMeg Carrigan

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