GC2018 stars blitz the Gold Coast marathon course once more

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Commonwealth Games dual gold medalist Madison de Rozario has won the women’s Wheelchair Marathon while Jess Trengove claimed second at the Gold Coast Marathon yesterday morning.

It was the 24-year-olds first Gold Coast Marathon win and she did it in 1:48:21, the second fastest time ever.

“The vibe has been amazing, it’s like a mini Comm Games,” de Rozario told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

“The crowds were fantastic,” she said.

Australian teammate and Games silver medalist Eliza Ault-Connell followed in second place.

Less than two months after securing bronze at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Adelaide marathon star Jess Trengove powered home behind Kenyan Ruth Chebitok in 2:26.31, clocking a 30-second personal best.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gold Coast Marathon, organisers offered a $40,000 cheque to any Australian male runner to go under 2hrs 10mins and female under 2hrs 28mins.

Trengove was the only one – a lure she used to push her over the line.

“I wanted to run this race anyway to try to get a PB, so that’s just a really special bonus,” Trengove said.

“It’s an awesome incentive for Australian marathon runners to chase that sort of prize.

“I’ve got a few special charities I work with like the Little Heroes Foundation and Jodie Lee Foundation that are really close to my heart so I’d like to contribute a bit to,” she said.

 

 

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