Marathon draws 26,000 to the Gold Coast

Published in the July 2016 issue

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Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Peter Lee fired the starter gun for the SCU 10km Run at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon for his eighth and final time ahead of his retirement in September.

2km run entrants Leah and Leo Fitzgerald

2km run entrants Leah and Leo Fitzgerald

Professor Lee said it was an exciting and nerve-wracking responsibility – and one he would miss being part of in the future.

“There’s a lot of pressure to fire the starter gun at exactly the right moment,” he joked.

“I always enjoy watching everyone take off from the start line for the first event of the Marathon weekend.”

Almost 5300 people took part in the Southern Cross University 10km Run, with more than 26,000 participants in all events on July 2 and 3 including the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Half Marathon, 2 & 4 kilometre dash and the 5.7km dash.

Hugh Williams was the first runner across the finish line in the SCU 10km Run, with a time of 29:23 (third fastest time recorded at the event), closely followed by Andrew Buchannan.

“It’s a good feeling and I knew Andrew was close behind,” Hugh said.

Jack Curran came third with Leanne Pompeani, Gemma Maini and Katrina Robinson taking out the top three women’s places.

Southern Cross University’s Tyler Burrowes, a 22-year-old Lismore osteopathy student, was the fastest SCU team member in the event at 36:47, coming in number 102 . He was followed by his teammates, postgraduate student Mitch Kirby and staff member James Harvey.

“I was surprised to be our first team member over the line,” Tyler said.

“I do a lot of marathon training but I thought I’d have a bit of fun and do the shorter stuff this time.”

Less than an hour after his race, Tyler was back at the Southern Cross University tent treating other runners with complimentary student osteo sessions, and even ran again the next day in the ASICS Half Marathon, coming in around number 200 with a time of one hour and 24 minutes.

The team was in for a surprise treat when famous British-Irish-Australian comedian Jimeoin crashed the SCU tent with his daughter for a cooked breakfast after running in the 10km event.

Cate Gifford was the fastest female SCU runner in the 10km, while Brian Fuller was the fastest SCU team member in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

SCU sports officer Dave Graham said there were more than 175 runners in the Southern Cross University team participating in the weekend’s events and he was proud of their achievements.

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