Gold Coast Marathon 2017

Day 1 - Saturday

Saturday kicked off nice and early with the 10km run. The Sneyders family ran together for Brigitte's dad. Brigitte, Daniel and Darryn (Brigitte's brother) completed the 10km together with Brigitte encouraging her brother to a PB time. Caitlin and Grandma Nell ran the 5.7km together while Marcus & Ethan blitzed the kids 2km dash.
Sneyders family
Poppy's runners
The Shanahan boys showed the field how it's done in the 5.7km with Cody taking first place in 17:18 and Kirk coming in soon after in 7th with a time of 18:59. Next to come through for Western Aths was Ebony Dodemaide who despite not racing at full effort was the 5th female across the line. 
Cody finish
Cody Shanahan wins the 5.7km run
Not far behind we had Chelsea Morley come through accompanied by her guardian angels (pacers) Bailey Rankin and Harrison White. Chelsea ran a big PB and finished first in her age category and 18th overall. 
Chelsea with guardian angels
Chelsea with her body guards
Another to win her age category was Julie White crossing the line in front of 171 others in her category. We also had dad Russell White fueled by the Marriott buffet dinner cross the line in a solid 18th age category position. And Lisa and Rhys Dodemaide also put in solid runs.
White family
Big Dinner, Big Winner, Big Spinner and Big Grinner names are accurate
Following the excitement of the 5.7km we had Mia White cross the line third place female in the 4km junior dash! With so many great results we celebrated with brunch in Main Beach.
Western aths crew
Western Aths crew

Day 2 - Sunday

Up first was the half marathon with Sharon Rankin running a big PB with a time of 1:36:01. I crossed the line in a time of 1:44:38.
Half marathoners
Half marathoners and the coach
Next was the marathon with Dave Dodemaide off with pacer extraordinaire Brigitte Sneyders setting a very controlled pace for the first 32km. At the 32km point Daniel Sneyders took over pace duties and was shortly joined by Chelsea and Mia who would run with and encourage Dave through the hardest part of the marathon. Ebony and Rhys also joined their father over the final stage of the race. It was obvious Dave put all he had into the run and was one of the most inspirational marathon efforts I've seen. The effort paid off with David finishing in 4:02:45 - a 46 minute PB.
David on his way to a fantastic marathon finish
It was not all about the running either.  A lot of fun was had by all.  How many Western Aths can you fit in an elevator?

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