Sport

Alison has marathon record on the run

Alison Coleman is set to become the first woman to complete the Gold Coast Marathon 30 times.
Alison Coleman is set to become the first woman to complete the Gold Coast Marathon 30 times. Alistair Brightman

ALISON Coleman was greeted by her husband Harry with a smile and a cold beer when she finished her first Gold Coast Marathon 34 years ago - how times have changed.

The 65-year-old Hervey Bay woman is set to run into the record books when she returns to the streets of the Gold Coast this weekend.

In a staggering feat of mental attitude and spirit, the grandmother of six will become the first woman to complete the famous race 30 times, but only if she crosses the line.

"I'll finish it crawling if I have to," the member of the Fraser Coast Runners and Walkers club said.

"I will grow wings.

"It's a proud achievement, I'm so excited.

"My 20th (Gold Coast Marathon) I just ran to finish it and ran comfortably and just enjoyed it.

"This one will be even more special."

Coleman has travelled a long way since she first went for a jog with a friend to lose some weight.

Since making her marathon debut in 1980, she has churned out more than 100 successful marathons, running between 70 and 80km a week in training.

Most of her runs start well before sunrise, and on the coldest mornings she has her four-legged companion, Deeks - named after Australian marathon legend Robert De Castella - by her side.

"It's a big commitment," Coleman said.

"I'm blessed with a strong mental attitude and a body that can cope with it.

"I have always listened to my body because I've always believed you have to respect your body."

Contesting the 65-69 age group this year, Coleman is hoping to complete the 42.4km race in 4hr 30mins.

That time is a long way off her best mark of 2hr 56min she set in 1983 to finish second in the women's race - not that she worries about times nowadays.

The former Queensland representative knows her years of setting a cracking pace are behind her; just finishing is enough.

"There has been years I was nervous as hell and I would be feeling sick, but my real hard marathons are over because my PB days are long gone so I can enjoy it more," she said.

"The camaraderie of the runners and the positiveness is amazing, honestly, it's not an exaggeration.

"With all the races that are there, if you could harness that energy you would run the Gold Coast without electricity for a week."

As for whether this will be her last Gold Coast Marathon, Coleman says: "No way.

"I won't stop until the day my body can't cope with it."

Topics:  gold coast marathon marathons records



Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

Damning council report tabled in parliament

The report's contents led to the dismissal of Fraser Coast CEO Lisa Desmond.

The report was tabled in parliament.

Bay dancer wins prestigious scholarship at M'Boro Eisteddfod

Maddy Challies will spend a week at a professional dance company after winning a scholarship at Maryborough Eisteddfod.

Bay dancer win prestigious scholarship at eisteddfod

Young Wallaroos step it up on hockey arena

HOCKEY PLAYERS: Wallaroos under 6s Brax Brewer, Archer and Oska Axelsen and Ollie Collins.

The awesome foursome proudly represent the Wallaroos under six team.

Local Partners

Rebel Wilson says she didn’t have to lie to make it

I’M not glamorous, but that doesn’t make me a liar: that’s the message from Rebel Wilson on her second day in the witness box.

Bay dancer wins prestigious scholarship at M'Boro Eisteddfod

Maddy Challies will spend a week at a professional dance company after winning a scholarship at Maryborough Eisteddfod.

Bay dancer win prestigious scholarship at eisteddfod

All bets on Judah to win battle to become the Voice

Judah Kelly from The Voice.

Judah Kelly is the clear favourite to win the competition.

Kim Kardashian slammed over Manchester tribute

Kim Kardashian's tribute to Manchester didn't go down well

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Top Gun.

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

Stacey Louise’s sex lie destroys her relationship.

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life.

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!