A surprise visit from a loved one and endless support from family members helped Victorian Madeleine Evely finish her third consecutive Gold Coast Airport Marathon on Sunday 2 July.
The 22-year-old, who has been making the 1,677km annual pilgrimage from Bendigo to the Gold Coast since 2006, said she could not have finished the 42.195km challenge without the support of her crew.
“My godmother Meagan, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and inspired me to fundraise and run my first marathon in 2014, surprised my family on the Gold Coast with her husband Mark,” Madeleine said.
“I really appreciated that and it was definitely a reminder to keep moving forward.
“Mum and dad, who ran the ASICS Half Marathon, and our other running friends are always a massive contribution to me loving the week away in Queensland.”