An enthusiastic team of runners, supporters and Griffith Health students represented Griffith University at the Gold Coast Bulletin Fun Run on Sunday (April 27).
The Griffith contingent was among more than 2200 competitors who arrived at Robina’s CBus Stadium just after dawn to compete in events including the Griffith University 21.1km Half-Marathon, Mudd Rush 10km, Brooks 5km, Hip to Toe 2.5km and Rebel 1km Kids Dash.
The highlight of the morning was the performance of Griffith Business graduate Michael Shelley, who established his lead early in the 10km event and won in a time of 28 minutes and 24 seconds, an astonishing four minutes ahead of the second-placed competitor.
Shelley, who won a silver medal in the marathon at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, is hoping for another national call-up and a spot in Australia’s team for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games later this year.
Other Griffith runners may not have been as fast as Shelley as he was storming to victory, but all were equally determined to perform well in their events.
This commitment extended to the work by Griffith Health physiotherapy students kept busy as a steady stream of runners sought post-race treatment for various pains, strains and sprains.
The next big participation event for Griffith University will be the 2014 Gold Coast Marathon in July. Last year Griffith won both the Largest Corporate Team and Most Kilometres Travelled awards and this year the University is again offering staff, students and alumni the opportunity to receive a discount off their registration fee (for the race of your choice) and a free Griffith singlet.
The deadline for registrations is before 5pm on May 21, 2014. For more details, go to Griffith Marathon
For more images of the 2014 Gold Coast Bulletin Fun Run, go to GCB Fun Run