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Gold Coast Marathon preview

THE 31st annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be held today and it has a brand new course, race and home.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon – Men


It has been 20 years since Brad Camp set the race record of 2:10:11 in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Could this be the year it is broken? If the winner does break the record and run under 2:10, he will win a bonus of $15,000 on top of the victor’s purse of $10,000.

A quartet of Africans are likely to set a hot pace including 2007 Dubai Marathon winner William Todoo Rotich of Kenya who won that race in a blistering 2:09:53. Fellow Kenyan William Chebor will be making his marathon debut but has been in great form already this year, with a 1:01:06 half marathon victory in Spain in March. Tanzanian runner Patrick Nyangelo is back and aiming for his third win on the Gold Coast after previously winning the Asics Half Marathon in 2005 and 07. Nyangelo’s countryman Oswald Revelian will also be in the mix after a promising third position in 2007.

Out to stop the Africans will be top seed Shane Nankervis from Victoria who has a personal best of 2:12:33 and placed seventh in the marathon at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Three Kiwis are likely to be amongst the top finishers. Olympic representative Dale Warrander, former Auckland Marathon winner Matt Smith and World Championships representative Scott Winton, all have personal bests under 2:17.

Reigning Oceania Marathon champion Rowan Walker from the ACT and Japan’s Senshu International City Marathon representative Ryoji Nyugaku are poised to finish in the top 10.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon – Women

The women’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon looms as a battle royale and an exciting dash for the $10,000 cash. Japanese runner Mai Tagami will go in as the top seed with a personal best under 2:30 and a strong 2:34:42 in the Osaka International Ladies Marathon earlier this year. Western Australian Lauren Shelley will be out to better two second place finishes in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon (in 2005 and 07) especially if she can go close to or improve on her 2:33:42 personal best.

 Reigning Queensland Marathon champion and former Olympic triathlon representative Rina Hill, NSW’s Billinda Schipp, 1998 Commonwealth Games silver medalist Lisa Dick and exciting young talent from the Sunshine Coast Roxie Schmidt will also lead local hopes. Schmidt is one to keep an eye on for the future after her win at the Osaka based Senshu International City Marathon in February.

Dual Auckland Marathon winner (2007 and 08) Ady Ngawati, Senshu representative from Japan Yuka Maekawa and Tanzanian runner Sarah Majah, who has finished third two times previously, are also likely to feature prominently.

Asics Half Marathon – Men

This race is set to be a cracker and could see a repeat winner. The defending champion is in-form Gold Coast runner Michael Shelley who upstaged three-time Olympian Lee Troop to win last year in 1:02:41. Another runner who knows what it is like to win on the Gold Coast is ACT’s Martin Dent who won this race in 2006 and also recorded a win over Shelley in the prestigious Sydney City to Surf last year. Tanzania’s Dickson Marwa is a dual winner of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon (in 2003 and 05) and arrives this year in hot form with a 2:13:23 run at the Rotterdam Marathon in April and a 59:52 half marathon performance last year. Shelley, Dent and Marwa all have best times under 1:03, while another Aussie Brett Cartwright from the ACT has gone close twice with a 1:03:02 personal best and 1:03:04 set in this race when second in 2007. Hot on their heels will be a quartet of Japanese elites.

Asics Half Marathon - Women

An enthralling Trans Tasman clash is on the cards in this race with Victoria’s Lisa Weightman and New Zealand’s Shireen Crumpton seeded as the top two runners. Weightman is one of Australia’s leading female distance runners who won this race back in 2007 then went on to set a 2:32:22 time in her marathon debut last year in London and then a credible 33rd place finish in the Olympic Marathon. Crumpton won the Gold Coast Airport Marathon last year in an emotional victory for the diminutive Kiwi and, like Weightman, has a half marathon personal best under 1:13. Lisa and Shireen will have to watch out for top Japanese hope Nazumi Tomonaga. Young Brisbane runner Cassie Fien, currently based in Melbourne, is in great form and will give a good sight in the lead pack for a long way after an impressive win at the recent Great Ocean Road Half Marathon. Another young runner Triyaningsih from Indonesia is aiming for a personal best under 1:15 and could figure in the placings, as could the second Japanese runner Chiharu Matsuo.

Southern Cross University 10km Run - Men

Sydney 19-year-old Harry Summers and Melbourne runner Lachlan McArthur are among the favourites with a time under 30 minutes likely to win the race. It could prove to be a family celebration if McArthur’s wife Lisa Weightman can win the Asics Half Marathon. Brisbane runner Hintsa Mebrahtu is an accomplished road running performer and could figure among the leading placegetters.

Southern Cross University 10km Run – Women

Defending champion Sarah Klein from Melbourne is chasing back-to-back wins on the Gold Coast and will be striving to better her 35:43 winning time from last year. Sydney’s Melinda Vernon will be hard to beat after her recent win in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon, while another rising Queensland talent Clare Geraghty could surprise. These three runners could all run under 34 minutes in the traditionally fast Gold Coast conditions.

RACE RECORDS:


Marathon – Women Erico Asai (JPN) 2:29:29 1993

Marathon – Men Brad Camp 2:10:11 1989

Half Marathon – Women Midori Fumoto (JPN) 1:09:38 1992

Half Marathon – Men Benson Masaya (KEN) 1:01:16 1992

10km – Women Kylie Risk 0:33:26 1998

10km – Men David Evans 0:28:57 1996

4km Junior Dash – Girls Katelyn Simpson 0:13:19 2008

4km Junior Dash – Boys Matt Daley 0:12:50 2003

2.25km Junior Dash – Girls Courteney Harverson 0:08:24 2006

2.25km Junior Dash – Boys Ben Eastwell / Reo Okubo (JPN) 0:08:09 2007 / 2008
 

TOP 10 FASTEST GOLD COAST MARATHON PERFORMANCES:


Men

2:10:11    Brad Camp AUS 1989

2:10:44    Pat Carroll AUS 1988

2:11:15    Fred Kiprop KEN 1998

2:11:21    Pat Carroll AUS 1997

2:11:55    Gert Thys RSA 1997

2:12:53    Dickson Marwa TAN 2003

2:13:00    Alain Lazare FRA 1988

2:13:33    Gerard Barrett AUS 1988

2:13:36    Phil Costley NZL 2001

2:13:59    Rod De Highden AUS 1995

Women

2:29:29    Eriko Asai JPN 1993

2:32:43    Susan Hobson AUS 1997

2:33:22    Ayumi Hayashi JPN 2007

2:33:43    Jane Salumae EST 1998

2:34:42    Jackie Fairweather AUS 2005

2:35:19    Hiromi Igarashi JPN 1999

2:35:40    Yuko Arimori JPN 2001

2:35:45    Mari Tanigawa JPN 1992

2:36:00    Alina Ivanova RUS 1999

2:36:23    Jacqui Hallam AUS 1991


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