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Records fall as the heat rises at Cap Coast Running Festival

CQ Physio Group Capricorn Coast Running Festival 10km race winner Paul Tucker (centre) is flanked by second place getter Steve Foale and Graham Leeson (38:55), who finished third in the race at Yeppoon on Sunday.
CQ Physio Group Capricorn Coast Running Festival 10km race winner Paul Tucker (centre) is flanked by second place getter Steve Foale and Graham Leeson (38:55), who finished third in the race at Yeppoon on Sunday. Seven by Infinity

MICHAEL McGrath and Victoria Gillies broke through to claim their maiden wins as more than 1000 runners hit the Yeppoon foreshore yesterday as part of the CQ Physio Group Capricorn Coast Running Festival.

Despite windy conditions, runners enjoyed the later start times and warm temperatures as records tumbled in the fourth edition of the annual event.

McGrath managed his first win in the Subway Half Marathon event after finishing in second place in 2012 and 2013 while Gillies blitzed the field to win the women's Highpoint Access & Rescue 5K Walk/Run.

Youngster Miles Logovik set a new race record when he completed the 5km race in 17 minutes 27 seconds, finishing ahead of Corey Moss (18:04) and Liam Smith (18:17).

Three-time Hillcrest Private Hospital Rockhampton 10km race winner Paul Tucker extended his winning run to four in style, shaving 42 seconds off last year's mark.

Dominating the field, which featured 252 runners, Tucker broke the finishing tape in 33:12, almost four and a half minutes ahead of Steve Foale (37:41) and Graham Leeson (38:55).

In a much closer finish, the smallest of margins separated Liam Smith and Kevin Toman in the Troy Weier Tree Service Mile Bolt.

Smith won the 1.6km race in 5:00, finishing just one second ahead of Toman after a sprint finish. Brendan Motley claimed third in 5:43.

McGrath and Frenchman Corentin Gazan shared the lead at different stages during the 21.1km half marathon, but it was McGrath who finished the strongest.

The Rockhampton man crossed the finish line in 1:22:36, just 11 seconds ahead of Gazan while Rob Gardner was just over three minutes behind the pair.

Ultra-marathon runner Martin Hack finished in fourth, a month after his sixth place finish in the US based 200 mile (321.87km) event, the Tahoe 200.

Youngster Miles Logovik set a new race record when he completed the 5km race in 17 minutes 27 seconds, finishing ahead of Corey Moss (18:04) and Liam Smith (18:17).

Gillies finished the 5km race in sixth place overall in a time of 19:35, more than a minute ahead of Jacqueline Smith (20:45) and Raelene Bendall (22:00).

2014 CQ Physio Group Capricorn Coast Running Festival Winners

WOMEN

Half-marathon: Kathryn Austin (1:33:58)

10km run: Lisa Flint (43:05)

5km run: Victoria Gillies (19:35)

Kid's dash: Jorja Millgate (8:02)

Mile Bolt: Emily Authurs (6:14)

MEN

Half-marathon: Michael McGrath (1:22:36)

10km run: Paul Tucker (33:12)

5km run: Miles Logovik (17:27)

Kid's dash: Ciaran Toman (6:27)

Mile Bolt: Liam Smith (5:00)

Topics:  running