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Clay's emotional tribute after marathon effort

Ipswich  marathon ace Clay Dawson crosses the line first to win the inaugural Greater Springfield Marathon.
Ipswich marathon ace Clay Dawson crosses the line first to win the inaugural Greater Springfield Marathon. Kylie Giggins

EMOTIONAL Ipswich runner Clay Dawson showed how much the inaugural Greater Springfield Marathon meant by dedicating his latest success to another regional runner.

After covering the 42.195km course first in two hours, 35 minutes and 59 seconds, Dawson acknowledged the Springfield Runners Group and one of their dedicated members David Isles who recently passed away.

The modest marathon champion was in two minds whether to mention his former colleague after the race or keep what happened during the testing run, to himself.

However, he received a sign at a crucial stage of the marathon that prompted the Rosewood State High teacher to share his wonderful moment with everyone.

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