Men – 1st place – Timothy Lefroy
On his win:
“It’s actually my last race on the east coast for a while, I’m moving over to the UK, so I really wanted to finish on a good note. Obviously it’s a really great event, so yeah it means a lot.”
“I ran a PB about two weeks ago so I wasn’t so fast with the time. I just knew I was going to be in the hunt for a spot on the podium. So anywhere on the podium, I would have been happy [with] so I was lucky to come away with the win I think.
“I am happy [with my time]. Not a PB, I went a touch quicker about a fortnight ago in Launceston. I hadn’t broken 30 [minutes] last month, so it was great to get another one out.”
Men – 2nd place – Matthew Hudson
On the race:
“We went out quite conservatively. I think Goddard was out in front pushing the pace a bit. I had a chat with Tim [Lefroy] trying to bridge the gap at 5km. So put a bit of a surge in to catch him. I got him at about 7km and then just couldn’t hold on in the end.”
“I’ve raced him in the last three races and every single race we’ve finished within one second of each other. We’re sort of at that same level, but he’s just got a slightly better kick than me.”
On the Gold Coast event:
“It’s really well-organised and they always get a big crowd up here that supports the runners, which is great to see coming through the start and finish line, and it was really good to have all the music playing.
“It’s certainly an event that the rest of Australia should really strive to follow.”
On what’s next:
“I’m going to have a bit of a break now, I’ve had a long season on the track and on the road.
“I’m planning to walk Kokoda with my Dad in about four weeks so I’ll be training for that and then come back and race a few big events on the track at the end of the year.”
Men – 3rd place – Louis McAfee
On his race:
“I felt really comfortable for five kilometres. I keep doing this event and bombing at 5km so I was really happy and I took the lead at 7km then overtaken in the last 250, so I mean I gave it everything and I’m happy with that. It’s just a bit unfortunate I didn’t get the win.
“I smashed my PB by like 40 seconds or something so I was happy.”
“I was on scholarship in the (United States) in the state of Idaho and then back here and not sure what’s next. The Bridge to Brisbane might be next race since I’m from Brisbane.
“I wanted top three and then when I was in the lead I was like, ‘wow I might have this’, but not today, but I’m stoked with top three.”
Women – 1st place – Eloise Wellings
On her win:
“I am really happy with that race.
“It is only my second race in seven months because I’ve been battling injury, but in the last month or two I’ve started to come good again, which is a really positive sign going into the world champs.
“I felt really strong today, much stronger than I did two weeks ago at the Launceston 10km.
“It’s so great to be back on the Gold Coast. I won the half marathon here back in 2015 and I have such great memories here. I have great memories of being up here with my family and they put on such a great event here, which attracts so many of my amazing friends and training partners.”
On her future plans:
“Right now I feel like I am getting fitter and stronger.
“The Commonwealth Games are definitely something I am looking forward to.
“I am hoping to run professionally for as long as I can and it isn’t unheard of for female distance runners to run until their 40s.
“I hope to run for a while yet because come the Commonwealth Games next year I will only be 35, it will be my fourth one and I haven’t finished on the podium yet so, come 2018 that is what I’m aiming for.”
Women – 2nd place – Alexandra Paterson
On letting Wellings set the pace:
“I knew Eloise was running and I thought it would be a great opportunity to race alongside her because you don’t have the chance very often, so I just tried to stick with her.
“I felt really strong, but Eloise powered through to the finish in first.
“I managed to beat my personal best by 20 seconds, so I am really happy with my result today.
“Next for me is the Cross Country Nationals in Toowoomba at the end of August. It is another 10km marathon, so this is perfect practice and I loved it.”
Women – 3rd place – Laura Nagel (NZL)
On her race and future plans:
“The race was way better than I expected. I’ve had a shit month with training and haven’t raced since the Hawke’s Bay Marathon. It was great.
“My plan was to take the race as a tempo run, see how I felt and find a comfortable rhythm. I never really thought I could win.
“I was expecting to hit a wall, but I didn’t. I saw the sunshine and was OK. The Gold Coast is awesome, I’m a beach person, so it’s great here.
“Going forward I’m looking to get some consistent training and then it’s the New Zealand cross-country nationals. I’m looking to find some other races in Australia as well.
“The overall goal is to qualify for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, although that is a long way away. But today was a good sign.”