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Gold Coast Marathon Legends Club

Runners who have competed in 10 or more Gold Coast Marathons are eligible for the Gold Coast Marathon Legends Club. The Legends Club recognises and honours the achievements of ‘long-running’ Gold Coast Marathon participants.

Inductees have the opportunity to relax post-race in the Legends Clubhouse located at finish corner, purchase a Legends singlet and enjoy a complimentary post-race massage amongst other rewards.

Upcoming Gold Coast Marathon Legends must notify organisers of their eligibility when registering for the 2018 event. For additional details or enquiries contact sportservices@goldcoastevents.com.au.

Legends Club Inductees

GCAM

Bruce ‘Digger’ Hargreaves

First Gold Coast Marathon

1983

Total runs

18

Most memorable moment and year

The year I ran my fastest marathon ever (2:47:02) in 1989.

Favourite part of the course

The last 1km of the course, which is lined with tents belonging to various running clubs, which creates an atmosphere which is unique in Australian marathons.

Why do you run Gold Coast?

It is my ‘home marathon’ and I have treated it as such since moving to south east Queensland in 1983 and local races need supporting.

GCAM

Antony ‘Antman’ Rickards

First Gold Coast Marathon

2001

Total runs

10

Most memorable moment and year

In 2006, I represented the Victorian State Team and was a member of the winning team with Lee Troop and Rowan Walker.

Favourite part of the course

Around 15 – 25km heading north. It’s a super-fast section of the course!

Why do you run Gold Coast?

Great location and fast, flat course.

GCAM

Craig ‘Bomber’ Hendry

First Gold Coast Marathon

2003

Total runs

15

Most memorable moment and year

2009. The year of my personal best time of 4:27:32.

Favourite part of the course

Running along the water in Surfers Paradise.

Why do you run Gold Coast?

Perfect for tying in a family holiday.

GCAM

Glen ‘Glendry’ Hendry

First Gold Coast Marathon

2003

Total runs

15

Most memorable moment and year

2009 where I ran my personal best time of 3:28:38.

Favourite part of the course

Running along the water past Surfers Paradise.

Why do you run Gold Coast?

Flat, fast and big turn out!

GCAM

Graeme ‘Macca’ McLennan

First Gold Coast Marathon

1980

Total runs

36

Most memorable moment and year

Every year has been memorable as my dear wife, Tricia has been at the end of every one. One stand out was in 2010 when I overtook a lady at the 41km mark. She was clearly distressed and I said “Come on, you are almost there!” and thought no more about it. After the race the lady and her husband thanked me for the encouragement, I was really touched.

Favourite part of the course

The finish line! And, the last kilometre with all the spectator support.

Why do you run Gold Coast?

It’s the place I ran my first marathon, it’s a beautiful place to run. It’s where I have run all my marathons and it is so well organised.

GCAM

Peter ‘Parrapete’ Fitzgerald

First Gold Coast Marathon

1990

Total runs

10

Most memorable moment and year

Every year, coming over the bridge into the finish straight and hearing the crowd. Knowing then that you have succeeded, feeling the adrenaline rush and becoming emotional.

Favourite part of the course

I always enjoyed the final turnaround at Burleigh Heads, knowing this was the final straight leg. Also, the crowd there always gave runners a rousing cheer-along.

Why do you run Gold Coast?

Initially I travelled up to the Gold Coast after running two Melbourne Marathons. I was attracted by the ocean location and warmer climate. The next year (1991) I moved to Tweed Heads with work and the Gold Coast Marathon became part of my DNA, having fallen in love with the event, not to mention trying to achieve a PB which I ultimately did going under 3hr 45m before my fiftieth birthday.

GCAM

Hema Ekanayake

First Gold Coast Marathon

2006

Total runs

10

Most memorable moment and year

I lost my dad in early 2014 and dedicated the 2014 run to his memory. Amazingly I ended up having the exact same finish time as 2013 which was 4:03:16.

Favourite part of the course

Albatross Avenue as the narrow road allows a good view of the elites running back.

Why do you run Gold Coast?

One thing about the Goldie is you can bank on getting great weather on the day. Each year the crowd support grows, they really do get behind you. A flat course just down the highway is an added bonus.

GCAM

Joan Darlington

First Gold Coast Marathon

1987

Total runs

20

Most memorable moment and year

I ran my 20th marathon in 2009 and was given number 20 to wear for the race. I ran and walked in the finish chute to the finish line to soak up all the cheering, clapping and high fives. I was then presented with my 20 year memorabilia by Steve Moneghetti. It was a wonderful atmosphere and very emotional.

Favourite part of the course

The course has changed over the years, but the last 5km of the event is always special as you feel a sense of achievement.

GCAM

Diana ‘Di’ McKenzie

First Gold Coast Marathon

1998

Total runs

10

Most memorable moment and year

My training in 1998 went really well and I wanted to run 6m km pace which I achieved running 4:11 for my first marathon.

Favourite part of the course

Running along Narrowneck.

Why do you run Gold Coast?

It’s my home and I wouldn’t be anywhere else.

GCAM

Peter ‘Macca’ McKenzie

First Gold Coast Marathon

1986

Total runs

31

Most memorable moment and year

In 1989 I had a car accident on the way to the start. I was a bit shaken, but ended up running my fastest Gold Coast Marathon in 2hour 59min!

Favourite part of the course

Coming into the finish chute.

Why do you run Gold Coast?

Loyalty!

GCAM

Alison ‘Ali’ Coleman

First Gold Coast Marathon

1980

Total runs

33

Most memorable moment and year

2014. I was the first woman to run 30 Gold Coast Marathons and I just wanted to enjoy the experience with no pressure, so it was a totally enjoyable experience.

Favourite part of the course

Coming up to the finish line and crossing it!

Why do you run Gold Coast?

It’s the best ever, non can compare!

GCAM

Graeme ‘Kirka’ Kirkpatrick

First Gold Coast Marathon

2001

Total runs

10

Most memorable moment and year

2008 when I ran with my brother.

Favourite part of the course

The last 2km.

Why do you run Gold Coast?

Home town support, flat and picturesque.

GCAM

Christine McDougall

First Gold Coast Marathon

1995

Total runs

10 (plus many halves and a few 10kms)

Most memorable moment and year

My first in 1995. It was the unexpected and was also my first ever marathon.

Favourite part of the course

Once you’ve crossed the bridge with 2km to go.

Why do you run Gold Coast?

I live here.

GCAM

Parmy Atcheson

First Gold Coast Marathon

2006

Total runs

11

Most memorable moment and year

First and tenth! First, as it was the first time I had ever ran the marathon distance and I shared the last few kilometres of my journey with my son. And the tenth because I achieved my personal goal of running 10 consecutive Gold Coast Marathons and so many friends and family that had joined in my 10 year journey came back to support or run my 10th with me.

Favourite part of the course

Around the 32km marker when we run back past the start/finish area just outside Rays Resort. Each year my children, family and running friends set up a supporters table on the side line with balloons, signs and treats and as I come past they give me lots of cheers. I love seeing their faces!

Why do you run Gold Coast?

Such a well organised event, a beautiful course and it forces me to train during winter.

GCAM

Christine Jackson

First Gold Coast Marathon

1999

Total runs

10

Most memorable moment and year

2008 when I completed my 10th marathon.

Favourite part of the course

Burleigh Esplanade.

Why do you run Gold Coast?

It’s in my hometown. I see lots of friends on the course.

GCAM

Virginia ‘Ginny’ Salmon

First Gold Coast Marathon

2001

Total runs

17…so far!

Most memorable moment and year

2007. I ran the marathon whilst pregnant with twins (with my doctors consent of course)! My first marathon is equally ranked as most memorable. I think we all know that the sheer joy of finishing such an iconic distance for the very first time can simply never be erased.

Favourite part of the course

Heading towards the 39km mark – you can see the Grand Hotel (almost time for a beer), hear the music blasting and you know that no matter how much yo are hurting you WILL finish!

Why do you run Gold Coast?

Why not? Great course and atmosphere. What more could you ask for?!

GCAM

Richard Willis

First Gold Coast Marathon

1991

Total runs

14

Most memorable moment and year

2004. I ran my Gold Coast Marathon personal best time of 3h 12min while only aiming for a 3h 30min finish.

Favourite part of the course

The first out and back section.

Why do you run Gold Coast?

It’s well organised, flat and close to Armidale.

GCAM

Suzy Smith

First Gold Coast Marathon

1998

Total runs

10

Most memorable moment and year

Finishing my 10th Gold Coast Marathon in 2014

Favourite part of the course

Running the last 2km of the race and heading towards the finish line

Why do you run Gold Coast?

Love the scenery and the great atmospheres and the crowd support

GCAM

Geoff ‘GG’ Williams

First Gold Coast Marathon

1988

Total runs

29

Most memorable moment and year

My first Gold Coast Marathon in 1988

Favourite part of the course

Always crossing the finishing line and seeing my mates at turns.

Why do you run Gold Coast?

It’s close & convenient. I’ve been doing it for so long, I have come to know the ropes.

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