Sport

Gold Coast athletes dominate in sodden Ocean Run

ATHLETICS: A first-timer and a defending champ were the winners on Sunday in the annual Great Ocean Run from Red Rock to Coffs Jetty sponsored by The Bailey Centre.

Craig Robinson from Port Macquarie made the trip through the rain to the Coffs Coast to win the Great Ocean Run at his first attempt in a time of 3.59.27. Second and third men James Eather and David Scroope were also newcomers to the event.

With the torrential rain on Saturday making course marking very difficult in places, all three placegetters and fourth-placed Gui Costa added extra distance to their efforts with minor detours before picking up the markers again.

A couple of minor detours did nothing to affect the win of defending women's champion Amanda Kyneur from the Gold Coast as she posted the excellent time of 4.23.09. Second lady was Emerald Beach local Tina Thompson 5.49.14 with another Gold Coaster, Ruth Tutton, third in 6.17.45. Fourth-placed woman, three-time women's champion Angie Grattan notched her 20th finish at the Jetty.

Other notable achievements saw Bob Beer finish his 22nd, Peter Mckenzie his 21st, Di McKenzie and Chris Cohen their 15th and Di Holt her 10th.

In the Amart Sports Ultra Relay, the winning men and women's two-person relay teams were also from the Gold Coast with Craig Churchward and Tony Planitz combining to reach the Jetty in 4.07.05 while Martine Marshall and Cath Nutt made it in 4.36.44.

In a first for the event, Amart Sports made vouchers available for the relay teams. Gold Coast teams who finished the full distance also gained financial reward from The Bailey Centre.

The organisers from the WRATS (Woolgoolga Running and Triathlon Society) were gratified by the faith shown by so many runners after wild weather proved a disincentive.

Several entrants were stranded by the floodwaters and several others opted to run the course from halfway at Sandy Beach, somewhat ironically, as that part of the course is considered the toughest.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Brutal Dawn rises from Bernard Fanning's studio

Australian musician Bernard Fanning with American record producer, engineer and mixer Nick DiDia in their Tyagarah studio.

Duo set to release follow-up to acclaimed album Civil Dusk

Meet the frockers if you're fascinated by fashion

Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway star in The Devil Wears Prada.

Join debate about how sustainable today's fast-fashion is

BEACH RAGE: Calls for crackdown on illegal dune driving

A resident, who didn't wish to be named, snapped one of the four-wheel drivers illegally traversing the dunes at Seven Mile Beach on Sunday, May 21.

"Unless this behaviour is stamped out, someone is going to get hurt"

Local Partners

Joseph's biblical return to Ballina

BALLINA Players upcoming production is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Dreamworld may supersize with 'Disneyland expansion'

Dreamworld could become a “more attractive and entertaining park”.

World’s strongest man reveals incredible 12,000 calorie diet

Brian Shaw won his 4th World's Strongest Man title. Source: Twitter

World’s strongest man reveals incredible 12,000-calorie diet

ABC2 slammed over football exhibition match coverage

Fans weren't too happy with ABC2's coverage of Wednesday night's game.

ABC2 slammed for coverage of soccer exhibition match

'Bulls--t!' Lisa Wilkinson grilled over Karl's pay packet

Join us for a Great Night as we Proudly present Lisa Wilkinson

“And you believe everything you read?”

Rebel Wilson trial: The secret we never could have known

Rebel Wilson outside court

“Most people wouldn’t know it exists,” she said.

Janet’s back in the ring

Marta Dusseldorp returns in season three of the TV series Janet King.

Season three of ABC's legal drama delves deeper than ever before.

Work starts on supermarket, retail and cinema complex

Artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of the cinema and shopping complex on Jonson St, Byron Bay.

Mercato billed as regional NSW's most sustainable shopping complex

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!