Gladstone Road Runners group members participated in the Gold Coast Marathon last weekend.
Gladstone Road Runners group members participated in the Gold Coast Marathon last weekend. Brenda Strong

Runners endure bliss and blisters

GLADSTONE runners competing in the Gold Coast Marathon have returned with blisters, and for several, a sense of bliss for having conquerored their first big event.

Brett Stevens, a veteran of the Gold Coast marathon, had another crack at trying to beat the three hours, 30 minute mark, and was well on track until his body had other ideas at the 30km mark.

“The left hamstring tightened with cramps and then the left knee locked up,” Stevens said.

“There was a bit of walking from the 33km mark, and it was a bit of a battle.

“I went out hard and have no regrets.”

With a final time of three hours, 49 minutes, this was only 10 minutes off his time from 2009.

Kylee Pelling and Sunshine Hage took part in their first Gold Coast half marathons last weekend, and came away surprised.

“I was thinking about two hours 45 minutes, and really didn't think I'd do anything better than that,” she said.

At the 15km mark, she backed off a bit, but kept running and crossed the line in a time of two hours, 15 minutes.

Hage, who carried a foot injury into the race, said crossing the finish line in two hours, 12 minutes in the 21km event was a great achievement.

“I was ecstatic, and glad I did it,” Hage said.

“It was awesome to see so many people running. It was amazing to see people with such determination.”



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