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THE experience of running in
New York's famous marathon is
one that will live in Louise McK-
ay's memory for a long time to
While she has proved to her-
self that she can do it, it is not
something that this mother-
of-two feels that she has to do
Mainly, she says, because she
doesn't want to spoil the eupho -
ria of this personal achievement.
"I am just happy that I have
ticked it off my bucket list. But
it's not something that I feel I
have to do again," Louise said.
She said the experience was
more than she had hoped for, or
even dreamed of.
It all began as she waited for
the signal to start running.
"It was totally amazing. It blew
me away!" she said.
"There is so much hype and
entertainment. There were
50,000 people running in the
marathon, and 5000 people in
each of the 10 waves. There was
a band at the start line and they
played 'New York, New York' as
each wave took off. It was amaz-
ing!" Louise said.
This fanfare continued along
the entire 42km route.
An estimated one million sup-
porters lined the way, cheering,
clapping and encouraging each
of the runners as they passed by.
They were supported by vari-
ous bands, singers and DJs that
provided non-stop entertain-
All in all, it was a marathon
like no other.
"I can honestly say to anyone
who is considering doing one
marathon in their lifetime, that
this is the one to do!" Louise
Along with the hype of the
event was an unexpected out-
pouring of emotion when she
came face to face with some of
New York's homeless people.
"We had been warned, by the
organisers, to rug up as they had
predicted cold weather. There
are big bins scattered along the
course where you can offload
your gear as you run. These
clothes are then handed out to
"But it wasn't as cold as they
thought -- it was the warmest day
for that time of year in 40 years
-- and I was wanting to shed my
jacket and top by the time I got
to the first bridge," said Louise.
"One of the marshals advised
me to hand the clothes to some
homeless women who were wait-
ing across the bridge.
"They were so grateful to re -
ceive them -- they were crying
and saying thank you to me.
"It was very emotional for me.
I didn't expect that at all," she
The route itself was challeng-
ing for this local long distance
runner who is used to open and
flat spaces rather than the steep
inclines and varied locations
around the Big Apple.
Although she did not post a PB
(personal best), the fact that she
had been a part of the New York
marathon was a reward in itself.
"I didn't care about my time as
the experience certainly made
up for it," Louise said.
"What I couldn't get over was
the way the runners were treated
as heroes in the following days.
"Anyone who wore their medal
around their neck was greeted
warmly by everyone they met. I
had never seen that happen be -
fore," she said.
As she crossed the finish line,
in Central Park, Louise shared
the emotion of the moment with
her proud mother Monica who
had flown over with her and was
eagerly waiting in the stands.
After the marathon Louise was
more than happy to pack her
bags and get back to the occa-
sional run around the island.
"More than anything the
amount of local support has
been great. They were all with
me in New York!" Louise said.
A marathon of memories
San Remo runner Louise McKay happily shows off her medal
after crossing the line in Central Park at the completion of this
year's New York Marathon earlier this month. It was Louise's first
and perhaps her only attempt at this world class event.
Member for Bass Brian Paynter (left) and Phillip
Island CFA captain Garry Grace (right) gave the
Shadow Minister for Emergency Services and the
Environment, Brad Battin, a conducted tour of
the local fire station last week.
Brigade issues raised
with local member
ON WEDNESDAY afternoon Phillip Island Fire
Brigade played host to the Member for Bass, Bri-
an Paynter, and the Shadow Minister for Emer-
gency Services and the Environment, Brad Bat-
A number of issues were raised by members of
the brigade regarding an urgently required up-
grade of the current fire station, which contains
a large amount of asbestos, and the replacement
of the primary fire appliance which is fast ap-
proaching 20 years old.
It was explained that Phillip Island Fire Brigade
is in a rather unique position within Victoria, as
our nearest back-up brigade is in San Remo.
It can take up to 20 minutes to reach Cowes in
an emergency situation and even longer during
peak times on the island.
Luckily Mr Battin is himself a volunteer fire
fighter within his local community so he could re -
late to the concerns we have for our community.
Another cause for concern with our aging appli-
ances is that during the last 12 months the only
access on and off the island has been closed to
traffic for long periods of time leaving us with
no back up, which leaves our community at risk
during these times.
All the concerns raised were discussed in detail
and assurances were made that what could be
done, would be done.
For more information on becoming a volunteer
fire fighter with The Phillip Island Fire Brigade
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