BMA Mackay Marina Run 2021 Event Ambassador Michael Shelley.
I started running through school at the age of 13, while also playing soccer at the same time. The following year I decided to concentrate on running instead of soccer as I wanted to be responsible for the performance that was produced.
With each year at school, I steadily progress each year making district, region, state then winning a national junior medal and making the Australian world junior track and field team to Jamaica.
A couple of months after returning home from world juniors I moved to Canberra to take up a scholarship at the AIS.
Once I moved to Canberra my running really started to take off. I began to train for the 1500m, which I went from having a pb of 3:50 to running my current pb of 3:39. But unfortunately after 2.5 years in Canberra I started to have some injuries plus the distance running program getting cut saw me move back home to the Gold Coast to rebuild everything.
After the injuries I found it difficult to get my speed back to where I thought I need to have it so I moved up to longer distances as my body could handle the longer running better then the intense training of the 1500m.
Once I had made the decision to focus on running longer distances I progressively improved. I made my marathon debut in Rotterdam. My second marathon was the Delhi Commonwealth games where I finished second. Following Delhi. In 2012 i made my Olympic debut in the marathon finishing in 16th. In 2014 I won the Commonwealth games marathon in Glasgow, running my Pb 2:11:15
The start of 2016 I travelled to Cardiff in Wales to compete at the World Half Marathon championships. After falling just at the start line I did my best to run through the field and eventually finished in 20th position. While building towards the Rio Olympics I unfortunately injured my Achilles forcing a large modification towards training in the last couple of weeks. Despite the interruptions I still competed and finished 47th.
2017 was an important year following my injury I bounced back to record my 5th 2:11 performance for the marathon. Which ended up qualifying me for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the opportunity to defend my title. Which I was able to do. In 2019 I decided to call time on my competitive career and transition into more of a traditional life while staying active.
10km Road: 28:44
Half Marathon: 1:01:27
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast
2016 Rio Olympian
2016 World Half Marathon Cardiff
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow
2012 London Olympic Marathon
2010 Delhi Commonwealth games
World Cross Country 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009
2008 World Half Marathon Rio
2002 World Juniors Jamaica
Major Race Results
2009 City to Surf Champion
2010 Commonwealth Games marathon 2nd
2011 London marathon 10th
2012 London Olympics 16th
2013 Chicago marathon 12th
2014 Commonwealth Games marathon champion
Sydney Morning Herald half marathon champion
2015 London Marathon 12th
Berlin Marathon 12th
2016 Rio Olympics 47th
World Half Marathon 20th
2017 London Marathon 10th
Chicago Marathon 10th
2018 Commonwealth Games marathon champion.