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Gold Coast 100KmHeld Saturday 12th July 2003
The inaugural Gold Coast 100 kms race conducted at the Sports Super Centre on Saturday produced outstanding results. Races of this distance are gaining in popularity. In Europe and Japan there are many 100 kms races which attract more than 1,000 starters.
The race was won by Mark Hutchinson of Qld (5th in last week's Gold Coast marathon) in the smart time of 7 hrs 41 mins 15 seconds. Warren Holst from the Mornington peninsula of Victoria was second in 7:50:56 with the fast finishing David Criniti of Sydney 3rd in 7:51:12.
These three runners have earned the right to be in serious contention for the 100 kms World Challenge to be held in Taiwan in November.
Mark Hutchinson, a former New Zealander is a marathon specialist with several performances in the 2:15 range. He is stepping up to 100 kms races and this was an excellent effort especially considering that he ran a hard marathon just 6 days earlier. By the halfway mark he was on sub 7 hours pace but the heat took its toll as the day progressed and he suffered severe cramping over the last 25 kms.
Holst was the first Australian in last year's world championships with a 7:36 effort. He too was cramping in the last 25 kms. David Criniti, a 25 y.o. adventure racer, had his finest 100 kms run. He maintained an even pace throughout and was rapidly closing on the race leaders towards the end of the race.
The relay section was won by Victory Sports (Gold Coast) captained by Don Wallace, himself a formidable 100 kms runner. Last year Wallace placed 8th in the Comrades marathon, a race in South Africa of 90 kms attracting 13,000 starters. The relay team completed the distance in 5:52, with Toowoomba Road Runners 2nd with 6:52 and Sports Super Centre 3rd with 7:06.
The Sports Centre team included Tanzanians Patrick Nyangelo and Dickson Marwa who placed 1st and 2nd in last week's Gold Coast marathon. They gained 1st and 3rd fastest lap times with 18:11 and 18:24 with Mike Shelley (Qld) of Victory Sports 2nd best time of 18:17 for the 6.25 kms lap. Shelley was 2nd in the 10 kms race at the marathon last week.
The fastest lap for a female was by Nicki Carroll (Qld) of Victory Sports in the smart time of 22:23. Carroll who is returning from injury is a world class marathoner with a best of 2:25.
Race Director Ian Cornelius said "The race was a huge success and is expected to become an annual event".
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Fastest Laps - Male
Fastest Laps - Female