Women – 1st place – Sara Hall (California, United States)
On the 2015 race compared to this year:
“[2015 winner] Eloise [Wellings] had a strong day that day, but this year I’m so happy to be back here; it’s one of my favourite races I’ve ever done.
“You can’t beat the conditions and the course out here, it’s just perfect. Especially in July when the [United] States is boiling hot, this is the place to be.”
On where in the race she thought she was going to win:
“It was a funny race. I just came from Ethiopia where I was training for three weeks. Two of those weeks I was sick with food and water issues, so I didn’t know what to expect coming out here.
“I was a bit like, ‘ah this could be bad’ but, you know, I was on the starting line and said to myself, ‘let’s just go out there and do it and go for a PB because you don’t get days like this too often’.
“So I went out at PB pace and didn’t quite hold it at the end, but I’m really happy with the win.”
On whether she achieved what she wanted in the race:
“I just feel very blessed to have this day and the win and just for the time at where I’m at.”
On how this marathon compares to others:
“This is one of the most incredibly run races I’ve ever been to, It’s such an honour to be a part of it again and I hope to be back again with my family.
“I have four daughters and they’re all jealous when I tell them about the kangaroos and the koalas, so hopefully one year I can bring them out here.”
On her personal support:
“I was just thanking God this whole race. He has carried me my whole career and when I was sick I had to rely on his strength to really stay positive and believe I could get to the line healthy, so I’m really thankful to God.”
Women – 2nd place – Milly Clark (NSW)
On the race:
“I went better than I thought I would. You never know how tired your legs will be, but I just tried to hang on and stuck with the leaders as long as possible.
“We Aussie girls just tried to stay with the leaders for as long as we could.”
On her race tactics and her hopes of winning:
“I felt pretty solid the whole time and good right up until the end. I didn’t really think about winning – if Sara [Hall] hit the wall then you never know, but she was too good.
“Jess [Trengove] and I broke away and I tried to hang on, but I’m still really happy. I’m actually a little bit surprised that I ran a personal best.”
On preparation for the race and the future:
“Training has been really good, with no niggles. However, I have had laryngitis this week, but I figured that you don’t run with your throat and I love the Gold Coast. It’s a sensational course, and you get to see everyone on the other side of the course cheering you on.
“You sometimes wonder why you get up at 4am and do it, but when you finish, it’s worth it.”
On her future plans:
“I’m going to keep preparing for the World Championships in London [in August 2017] and focus on that, and spend time in Europe.”