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“The marathon was what it was all about in those days.” – Pat Carroll
- Coaches: Pat Clohessy, Dick Telford
- Date of birth: 17 August 1961
- 1500m: 3:39.03
- 3000m: 7:47.66
- 5000m: 13:25.49
- 10,000m: 28:30.55
- 10,000m road: 28:00
- Half marathon: 61:11
- Marathon: 2:09.39
- 1st place – 1995 Beppu Marathon (2:09:39).
- 4 time winner of the Gold Coast Marathon 83/84/88/97.
- 2 time winner (94/96) Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon
- Current holder of the Australian all comers record for the Half Marathon.
- Represented Australia 18 times
- Finished in the top 8 at three Commonwealth Games
- 1991 Australian Cross Country Champion
“His versatility and volume of wins and fast times stands up against almost any other Australian” – Len Johnson
By any measure, Pat Carroll is one of Australia’s best distance runners. He certainly has claims to being the most versatile. Carroll remains fourth on the all-time marathon list. He also ranks high at 1500 metres, 3000 and 5000.
On the track, Carroll was sub-3:40 for 1500 metres and he defeated many of the Auckland 1990 Commonwealth Games 5000 metres favourites in a pre-Games 3000 in Sydney, running 7:47. Carroll was good at taking his chances, at seizing the moment. That is exactly what he did in Beppu in 1995 when he became the fourth Australian to go sub-2:10 with a win in 2:09:39.
Training, Sacrifice & Fatigue
“Running was definitely number one. An athlete has to be selfish to make it, and their partners need to accept that” – Pat Carroll
Carroll was trained by two of Australia’s greatest ever coaches; Dick Telford and Pat Clohessy. He covered moderate mileage in training and hit the track once a week on average.
Despite Clohessy’s soft soft approach and the wise eyes of Rob de Castella watching over him, Carroll at times trained a little too hard, his easy runs, for example, were super fast.
“I always used to be running tired as I wanted to be tough. In hindsight when I was tired I should have eased off and dropped the mileage a little bit.” – Pat Carroll
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