What a weekend of running! The Medibank Melbourne Marathon and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon both took place on Sunday (13 October) with a slew of previous Gold Coast Airport Marathon high achievers producing fantastic results.
Congratulations to the following:
Three-time ASICS Half Marathon & 2012 Southern Cross University 10km winner and race record-holder for both events Lisa Jane Weightman won the women’s Melbourne Marathon clocking a personal best & a new course record with 2:26:05. Weightman’s run was the fourth fastest marathon time on Australian soil by a female and was also the fastest marathon run by an Australian female in Australia. Her time was also an A-qualifier for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
- Nikki Chapple
2013 ASICS Half Marathon winner Nikki Chapple backed up her Gold Coast win by claiming the women’s Melbourne Half Marathon in 1:11:23.
- Yuki Kawauchi (JPN)
2013 Gold Coast Airport Marathon winner and course record holder Yuki Kawauchi came second in the Melbourne Marathon clocking 2:11:40.
- Yukiko Akaba (JPN)
2013 Gold Coast Airport Marathon female winner and course record holder Yukiko Akaba ran seventh in 2:27:49.
- Liam Adams
2012 ASICS Half Marathon winner Liam Adams was the first Australian to cross the Melbourne Marathon finish line with a time of 2:14:09. It was his debut marathon and an A-qualifier for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
- Scott Westcott
2011 Southern Cross University 10km third placegetter Scott Westcott ran 2:14:21 in the Melbourne Marathon. Despite it being his last competitive race, Scott’s time was also an A-qualifier for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
- Steve Moneghetti
Gold Coast Airport Marathon ambassador & 1993 ASICS Half Marathon winner Steve Moneghetti crossed the Melbourne 10km in fifth position clocking 31:27. It is an unofficial world record for a 51-year-old.
- Michael Shelley
Five-time Southern Cross University 10km & 2008 ASICS Half Marathon winner Michael Shelley came 12th in the Chicago Marathon running 2:13:09. This is his second A-qualifier for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after he clocked 2:13:12 in the Beppu-Oita Marathon in Japan back in February.
- Kurt Fearnley
2009 Wheelchair Half Marathon winner Kurt Fearnley came second in the wheelchair marathon in Chicago when he rolled over the line in 1:30:38, just losing in a sprint finish with eventual race winner Ernst van Dyk from South Africa by one second.