A GROUP of 10 athletes from Bendigo were in hot form at last Sunday's running of the Gold Coast Marathon and support events.
Among the many highs were the feats of father and son Alan and Andy Buchanan from Bendigo University Athletics Club in the 42.2km marathon and the 21.1km half marathon respectively.
A competitor in all of the world's big marathons, Alan completed the Gold Coast showdown in 3:38.26 and was third fastest in the 65-69 years class.
Just over a week after racing to bronze in the 5000m at the Oceania Region track and field titles in Townsville, Andy Buchanan clocked a personal best of 1:04.21 in the half marathon on the Coast.
Andy was 10th overall, third-best Australian, and sixth best in the 25-29 years class of an event won by Jack Rayner, 1:20.30, as seven Japanese runners were next across the line.
Brady Threlfall from Bendigo Harriers raced in the 10km.
The Echuca-based athlete ran a great time of 30.39 to be eighth overall and best in the 30-34 years class.
University AC was well-represented in the 42.2km, 21.1km or 10km races.
David Cripps achieved a personal best of 3:24.49 in the marathon.
Sarah Jalim's time of 1:24.39 in the 21.1km earned fourth placing in the 40-44 years division.
University clubmates in the 10km were Lee McCullagh, 36.26; and Belinda Dobbin, 1:16.27.
A list of 4467 finishers in the half marathon included Uni's Brett Dobbin, 1:41.51; Melissa Douglas, 1:46.29; and Julie Marr, 2:06.43.