“Jess has made me take my running more seriously. She has an ability to dig very deep when she doesn’t have much left and a mental toughness I haven’t seen in other athletes,” he said.
“She has taught me to mentally take myself to a different place when it gets tough.”
Since taking up long-distance running after retiring from AFL in 2015, Cornes has attained impressive finish times in Adelaide, New York and Melbourne.
“I winged it in the Adelaide Marathon in 2016 in 2:52:10 which took me ages to recover from and later that year doing the New York Marathon (3:10:30) fuelled my passion for running,” he said.
“In 2017, I ran the Melbourne marathon achieving my PB of 2:35:12, then my attempt the following year was a tricky day which was warmer than usual and windy and I ran 2:36:39.”
Cornes will be attempting to better his 2019 New York City Half Marathon time of a slick 1:12:21 by one minute after downgrading from the full marathon following complications with anaemia which inhibited his training routine.
“I want to go quicker this year, New York is quite hilly and the Gold Coast course is conducive to a fast run,” he said.
South Australian runners are well represented amongst the estimated 28,000 participants in this year’s event.
“The Gold Coast Marathon is popular with runners from here because it is a prestigious event and a great holiday destination,” Cornes said.
“I’m looking forward to having some good times and relaxing for a break after the marathon with my wife, Lucy, and our three kids.
“We’re going to enjoy the sun and my 9, 11 and 12-year-olds are eyeing off the theme parks too!”
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Cornes is also looking forward to seeing the stellar line up of elites for the 42km Gold Coast Marathon.
“I’m excited to hang around and see some of the names to watch and this year the stakes are higher with those chasing Olympic qualifiers,” he said.
“I love Liam Adams- his running is awesome and Sinead Diver has been on fire, so there’s a couple I’m keen to follow.”
For more information on the Gold Coast Marathon elite field visit: https://goldcoastmarathon.com.au/race-weekend/elites/
The 41st edition of the Gold Coast Marathon will be held on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July 2019.
It will feature eight races including the Gold Coast Marathon (IAAF Gold Label Road Race), Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Wheelchair 15km, Southern Cross University 10km Run, Gold Coast Airport Fun Run, Garmin 4km Junior Dash and Garmin 2km Junior Dash.