Run­ners im­press on Gold Coast

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WHIT­SUN­DAY Triathlon Club mem­bers Steve Jack­son, Ebony Banes and Maja Zep­can com­peted in a range of run­ning events at the Gold Coast Marathon Fes­ti­val on the week­end.

Hamil­ton Is­land was rep­re­sented in two races, the half marathon with Steve Jack­son and Ebony Banes and Maja Zep­can tak­ing on the full 42.2km.

Jack­son was hope­ful of a top ten fin­ish in his age group and an­other fast time and he went through the ini­tial 10km in 35 min­utes.

Grad­u­ally the packs broke up and the fo­cus turned to sur­vival and Jack­son held on to claim the bronze medal in the 40-44 age group and fin­ish 57th over­all in the 9000 plus field with a time of 1:15:42.

Zep­can and Banes came in con­fi­dent with good form in re­cent triathlons and run­ning to­gether helped things greatly in the ini­tial stages.

Banes felt strong and pressed ahead, smash­ing her best by over 40 min­utes to fin­ish in 3:36 and 29th in her 230 plus strong age group. Zep­can strug­gled with some mi­nor heat­stroke but still sol­diered on for her new best time of 3:44.

All the ath­letes will be look­ing at re­cov­er­ing quickly so they can put their best foot for­ward in the up­com­ing Air­lie Beach Run­ning Fes­ti­val on July 21.

GREAT EF­FORT: Whit­sun­day Triathlon Club mem­bers Ebony Banes and Stephen Jack­son af­ter fin­ish­ing the Gold Coast half marathon last week­end.

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