Gold Coast Marathon Ambassador Benita Willis (second from right) with family members after the Gold Coast Airport Fun Run, from left, Jack Pincott, Simone and Trent Willis and Caitlin Pincott. Front are Matilda, 6, Beatrix, 1, and Clancy, 3.
It may have been wet and windy, but for Brisbane 15-year-old Lachlan Cornelius there was still plenty of ‘fun’ in the Gold Coast Airport Fun Run.
The youngster scooted through the blustery conditions to take first place in the 5.7km event in 18:43.
“I have placed second before in this event,” Lachlan said.
“It is one of my favourite races.
“The crowd really gets behind you and urges you on – it really is a fantastic atmosphere.”
Adding to that ‘atmosphere’ was the fact that his twin brother Oscar came in fourth in 19:02.
“There is plenty of competition between the two of us, so it was really good to take out the top spot today,” Lachlan said.
The Australian-ranked cross-country competitor had to hold off a strong challenge from 2016 Rio Olympic 1500m runner Jennifer Blundell, who finished in 18:56.
Third was American Elco Garcia (18:59).
Well behind the Cornelius twins, but having just as much fun was Gold Coast Marathon ambassador Benita Willis with members of her extended family.
Joining the four-time Olympian was sister Caitlin (also a former international track competitor) and her husband Jack and their three children Matilda, 6, Clancy, 3, and Beatrix, 1, and Benita’s brother Trent and wife Simone.
“This event is fantastic,” Benita said.
“As an elite athlete you tend to be a bit selfish, however this allows me to enjoy the occasion with family and be part of their enjoyment of doing something healthy as a family group.
“Just having a look around you can see how successful the Gold Coast Airport Fun Run is as a family event.”
There were 3,068 entrants in the Gold Coast Airport Fun Run.
Tanya completed her first marathon on the Gold Coast last year and says it was a “breakthrough moment” for her. “I was serious about my training and nutrition back then and it absolutely paid off. Now that I know I can do this epic thing, I’ve gained the confidence to just have fun with both running in general, and the Gold Coast Virtual Marathon event”
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