Alex Matthews makes his second shot at Carcoar Cup count in cracking victory

HIGH FIVE: Alex Matthews hits the main street of Carcoar, just ahead of the marathon finish line. Sunday's win was his second marathon victory in Carcoar. Photo: NICK McGRATH
HIGH FIVE: Alex Matthews hits the main street of Carcoar, just ahead of the marathon finish line. Sunday's win was his second marathon victory in Carcoar. Photo: NICK McGRATH

It’s been seven years since Alex Matthews last ran in the Carcoar Cup and the 34-year-old doctor picked up where he left off.

The inaugural winner of the event’s marathon in 2011, Matthews blazed his way to victory over the undulating 42.2 kilometre Carcoar course in a record time, clocking two hours, 36 minutes and 24 seconds to win his second Cup crown in as many attempts on Sunday.

A doctor in Royal Prince Alfred’s emergency ward in Sydney, Matthews is understandably busy and his seven-year break between wins hasn’t been by design.

He’s been busting to get back to Carcoar and run the marathon again, entering virtually every year before being a late withdrawal with work commitments.

The former Australian Marathon champion made it on Sunday, though, and certainly made his second run at the event count, even if he didn’t think he’d be near the pointy end of the field.

“I didn’t have high expectations because there’s some pretty competitive runners with Brendan Davies and Vlad Shatrov running, but I thought I’d give it ago early and see how I go,” he said.

Michael Daly finished second, over five minutes after Matthews in a time of 2.41:45.

Shatrov ran third and Davies came fourth, stopping the clock in 2.44:04 and 2.47:29 respectively.

Michelle Gailey was the first female past the post in a time of 3.18:36.

“I ran the Dubbo marathon in late August and had a win and I’ve been training pretty hard since then,” Matthews continued.

“I just ran my own race and gradually got away from them, I had a great run.”

He said the unique Carcoar course made coming back for the 2018 event a must.

“There’s not a lot of flat, it’s up and down and because I’ve been training pretty hard the up hill stuff suited me and allowed me to get away (from the field) a bit,” he added.