Former steeplechaser Jack Colreavy has made a successful conversion to the marathon and earned selection for the 2017 IAAF World Championships.
During his early 20s, Jack was a leading NSW long distance athlete on the track, road and over cross country. He had ventured into the longer half marathon winning the 2013 New South Wales Championships. Nationally, he has twice placed on the podium in the steeplechase at the Australian Athletics Championships.
After what he described as a lacklustre summer in 2014, he looked to the marathon and later that year he moved coach from the late John Atterton to the Adelaide-based Adam Didyk.
Things started to look positive for Jack in late 2015 with personal bests over 3000m and 5000m. It was the start to a tremendous season in 2016 where he smashed his best marks over 3000m, 5000m, 10km road and steeplechase.
In late 2016, he made a successful marathon debut, clocking 2:23.16 in Melbourne to second in the national championship. In March 2017, he ran his second marathon with the goal of the IAAF World Championships standard of 2:19. In a gutsy run, he clocked 2:18.32, nearly a five-minute PB and muck quicker the standard.
Initially he missed selection for London, but in July was added to the team following the withdrawal of Jeff Hunt.
Jack, like 2017 World Championships team mate, Josh Harris, is a world leading Beer Mile athlete. He placed third in the 2016 @Flotrack Beer Mile Championship. He owns a F45 Personal Training franchise in Gosford on the Central Coast.