THEY train race horses for a living, but Brad and Chris Ledger will be looking for a different kind of horsepower this Sunday when they compete in the Wangaratta Marathon.
The twin brothers both enter the event as complete novices – neither has competed in a running race outside of school cross country events more than 15 years ago.
But Brad was struck by the inspiration to test himself in a marathon some nine months ago, and has dedicated much of his free time towards that goal ever since.
“I was impressed with how successful the Wangaratta Marathon and Fun Runs event was last year, so back in June I decided I’d start training to run the marathon this year,” Brad said.
“I previously did a 3km cross country in school back when I was 15, and that was the most I’d ever run really, apart from maybe football training.
“It’s a big step up to do a 42km marathon as my first major run, but I’ve dedicated a lot of hours to training, so hopefully I’ve put in the groundwork that will get me to the finish line.
“I’d never given it a thought in my life until last year, but it has become a bucket list sort of thing.”
Chris’s competitive streak wouldn’t allow him to sit back and let his brother go at it alone though.
“Brad roped me into it,” Chris said.
“Being twins, we’re pretty competitive – when he first told me he was going to do it, I let it go for about a month but it finally got the better of me.
“So I whacked my name down and started training for it.
“I’m like Brad – did the school cross country 17 years ago now, but never anything like this.”