Sport

School student enjoys the chance to hit the road

Isabella Fleetwood was named the series overall champion for the 18 years and under, female, 10km category of the Burnett Heads Lighthouse Race Series.
Isabella Fleetwood was named the series overall champion for the 18 years and under, female, 10km category of the Burnett Heads Lighthouse Race Series. Contributed

ONE afternoon a week just for fun Isabella Fleetwood heads out for an 8km run.

The 13-year-old Gladstone road runner found she had quite a knack for the sport after performing well at school athletics carnivals.

Fleetwood said she found running relaxing and fun.

"If you've got something on your mind it just all clears when you are running," Fleetwood said.

Travelling anywhere between the Sunshine Coast and Mackay to run in long-distance events Fleetwood said she enjoyed the competitive side of it as well.

"It just gives you someone to run up against."

She joined the Gladstone Road Runners four years ago to get in another day of running each week.

Fleetwood's dad Les had been involved with the group 25 years ago and did not pass up the opportunity to join with his daughter when she showed an interest in 8running.

They agree running doubled as great father-daughter time.

"I run with her all the time," he said.

"If it wasn't for her being good at running in school I probably wouldn't have done it."

Even if it did make for added rivalry at events, with the win count between the two so far at 5-6 to dad.

"It upsets her," he laughed.

He said his daughter was passionate and motivated and when it came to running with her "the longer the better".

He said they would continue to travel and enter long-distance events.

"Every year we will try and fit in more."

Although Isabella only runs 10km at the moment, her goal is to run a half marathon which is 21km.


Series win

Isabella recently took out the series overall champion for the 18 years and under, female, 10km category of the Burnett Heads Lighthouse Race Series.

The series comprised three 10km races over October, September and November.

Isabella won all three races and in the first race blitzed the field by 10 minutes.

Topics:  road runners




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

'Friends' style pizzeria opens in Bundy: Check out the menu

NEW BUSINESS: Melanie Szalkowski serves fresh creations at Jandas pizzeria on Bourbong, St Bundaberg. Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail

Fresh, local ingredients key to a great pizza

Woman steals pregnancy test kit to avoid ‘gossip’

DIY pregnancy test kits.

Woman steals pregnancy kit to avoid small town gossip

15 changes that could affect you from July 1

Waleed Aly, left, joins The Project full time in 2015. Pictured with Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar. Supplied by Network Ten.

Plenty of changes arriving on July 1

Latest deals and offers

Clive Palmer to re-open refinery

Clive Palmer on ABC radio.

Clive Palmer talks about his achievements, election chances and re-opening the...

Dash Cam of Slip in Snow

Even light snow can be hazardous.

Dash cam shows how easy it is to lose control in even light snow.

Chaos outside Istanbul Airport

Turkish police block the road after an suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 28 June 2016. At least 10 people were killed in two separate explosions that hit Ataturk Airport.

Distress as cars escape Istanbul airport after bombing.

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward