Australian Marathon Champion to be crowned on the Gold Coast

gcamA male and female Australian marathon champion, along with a state or territory based teams champion will be crowned in less than three weeks time when the nation’s best marathoners go head-to-head at the Australian Marathon Championships as part of the 2014 Gold Coast Airport Marathon on Sunday 6 July.

The Australian Marathon Championships is set to ignite a friendly rivalry between states and territories as each team vie for the title of Australian marathon champion on one of the flattest and fastest courses in the country.



MINIMOSCOMMONWEALTH Games athlete Harry Summers took out this year’s 10km race with a time of 32:00 minutes. Mr Summers said it was his third time running the Mini-Mos and great preparation for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games where he will compete in the 10km run this July.

“It’s one of the toughest 10k road courses in Australia and a good lead up race to the Commonwealth Games,” Mr Summers said. “It was a great run.” Mr Summers said he was honoured to meet Olympic gold medal winner Herb Elliott who congratulated him on his win. “It was the first time I met him.I’m a massive fan of his,” he said.


Commonwealth Runners Win Launceston 10

launceston10COMMONWEALTH Games bound-runners Liam Adams and Madeline Heiner were this morning crowned the Oceania 10km champions after taking out the Launceston Ten.

Adams, from Victoria, got home in a time of 29.25, with New South Wales's Heiner winning in a time of 32.49.


Lee Troop to finish Australian running career on the Gold Coast

gcam2006 Gold Coast Airport Marathon winner, 2014 event ambassador, sub-2:10 marathoner, three-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games representative Lee Troop will bring down the curtain on one of the most celebrated and decorated Australian marathon careers at this year’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon on Sunday 6 July.

Troop will finish on a sentimental note by representing his home state of Victoria in the marathon one last time with the Gold Coast Airport Marathon doubling as the Australian Marathon Championships for the first time since 2006 which also happened to be the last time Troop took the national title on the Gold Coast.



MINIMOSOLYMPIC rower and world champion Dan Noonan will swap his sculling oars for running shoes this month at The Mini-Mos Community Fun Run and Fair.Mr Noonan has come on board this year as the Mini-Mos ambassador, inspiring runners of all ages to take part.

The Mini-Mos is Mosman Public School’s annual fundraising event, which sees around 3,000 runners take part in either the 2km, 5km or 10km race.


Wimmers King of the Mountain Festival - Fun for all the Family

wimmerskingofthemountainLooking for a great day out with something for all the family? Then make yourway to the historic township of Pomona in the stunning Noosa Hinterland for the Wimmers King of the Mountain Festival on Sunday 27th July.

The day starts buzzing at 7.00am which is when the Heritage Markets at Stan Topper Park come alive. Apart from fantastic finds and wonderful bargains there will be plenty of great entertainment: live music with The Whiskey Mountain Boys; buskers performing throughout the day and Keith Gail –champion woodcarver & Australian Entertainer – watch him in action with a chainsaw!



wimmerskingofthemountainOne of the toughest mountain climb challenges in Australiawill take place in Pomona, in the beautiful Noosa Hinterland On Sunday 27th July.

Arrive at Pomona from any direction and the first thing you see before you get to the town is the impressive backdrop ofMount Cooroora rising to a peak of 439m. An ancient volcanic plug with rocky outcrops, covered in part by dense trees, the mountain looks formidable and inaccessible.


Manza and Kawauchi to set the course record straight

gcamThe greatest head-to-head clash in Gold Coast Airport Marathon history will steal the spotlight in the men’s elite field this year with equal course record holders, Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi and Kenya’s Nicholas Manza, headlining the race with both men aiming to defend their record and claim a podium finish on Sunday 6 July.

It’s been three years since Manza broke the long-standing 22-year-old men’s marathon course record previously held by Olympian Brad Camp. In this race Manza executed an exceptional run that resulted in him breasting the tape in 2:10:01, lowering Camp’s course record by 10 seconds.


Athletics Australia sends biggest track team to Glasgow

AAAustralia will send its biggest-ever track and field team to a championships outside its shores at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games next month.

The 103-strong squad, headlined by Olympic and world 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson, includes 44 athletes making their major championships debut and 12 para-athletes.


Japan elite marathoners target Gold Coast glory

gcamAustralia’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon will welcome one of the fastest elite marathon fields ever assembled in Australia, including a stellar Japanese contingent headlined by last year’s winner and equal race record holder Yuki Kawauchi and sub-2:08 marathon runner Arata Fujiwara on Sunday 6 July 2014.

Kawauchi’s title defence and course record are set to come under fire by the eighth all-time fastest Japanese marathoner Fujiwara who boasts three Tokyo Marathon podium finishes and a 2:07:48 personal best - 26 seconds quicker than his rival.


Bigger not always better as runners chase Golden Gift in Leonora

leonoraIt may seem like the last place anyone would hold an elite sporting event but Leonora, about 730 kilometres north-east of Perth, proves bigger isn't always better.

The town of about 1500 people attracts some of the country's best runners each year as part of the Leonora Golden Gift. This was just the case at the 2014 event held on the weekend.


Angela Bishop, Mark Beretta, Jane Flemming and former Wallaby Phil Kearns join thousands for the Balmoral Burn

balmoralburnTHERE were tears, buckets of sweat and plenty of aching muscles as thousands flocked to Balmoral to charge up one of Sydney’s streets for charity on Sunday.

More than 10,000 people tied up their laces and put on a brave face for the Balmoral Burn, a gruelling 420m climb up Awaba St that raises money for The Humpty Dumpty Foundation.


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