NSW distance running star Eloise Wellings and ACT’s Timothy Lefroy started the 39th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon race weekend in style with victories in the 10km Run races this morning.
More than 5,000 runners lined up in the Southern Cross University 10km Run.
In crisp and cloudless Queensland winter running conditions, Wellings clocked the second fastest ever women’s time (32:55) over the Gold Coast 10km, behind Lisa-Jane Weightman’s 2012 record of 32:17.
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Dual Olympian Wellings started as one of the event’s hottest favourites and proved too strong winning from Queensland’s Alexandra Paterson (33:09) and New Zealander Laura Nagel (34:25) making up the podium.
The third head-to-head battle this year between Lefroy from the Australian Capital Territory and New South Welshman Matthew Hudson headlined today’s men’s 10km Run, with Lefroy making it a hard-fought hat trick after a frenetic three-way sprint to the finish with eventual third placegetter Queenslander Louis McAfee.
Lefroy (29:48) took the lead for the first time in the race 250m from the finish to record a one second win over Hudson (29:49), with McAfee a further second behind (29:50).