“I Never Thought I Would Get Times Anywhere Close To These”

Stephen Van Rees broke 1-hour and 20-minutes for the first time last month at the Run Melbourne Half Marathon in Australia. His official time was 1:19:51 placing him 22nd overall out of 5,000 runners. [Full Results] This result comes after his PR-setting marathon performance (3:06) in Sydney last fall. His coach, Janet Bawcom, also recently reported a new 5k PR by Stephen in 16:40.

Janet’s help over the last year and bit has been amazing, I never thought I would get times anywhere close to these when I started working with her. – Stephen

Stephen Van Rees Sets 31-Minute PR In Sydney

Stephen Van Rees set a 31-minute PR at the Sydney Marathon. His official time was 3:06:15. And according to his coach, Janet Bawcom, this was just a tune-up for the New York City Marathon next month! If you check out Stephen’s splits, she clearly wasn’t joking.

At the halfway mark he was 1:35:10 so he ran a big negative split, closing the second half in 1:31:05! His fastest 5k splits of the entire race were at 30k (21:22), 35k (21:33) and 40k (21:51). Amazing race or shall we say “workout?” Regardless, big congrats to Stephen and Janet on the amazing progress.

Both athlete and coach will be competing in the NYC Marathon next month. Good luck!!!