Mike Le Roux and Sue Crowe dominated the respective male and female fields at the 2011 Gold Rush Trail Marathon. LeRoux finished in just 2 hours 57 minutes and 6 seconds - a time many quality runners would be thrilled to record over the marathon distance on a straight, flat and fast bitumen course. Le Roux managed it on a course with over 800m of vertical ascent and descent, 32 creek crossings, multiple crossings of the East Mulgrave River, extended sections of loose unstable rocks and kilometres of moss covered dirt trail made precariously slippery by a light shower. Fourteen minutes behind Le Roux in second was 2010 winner Chris White (3:11:30) with current Dirty Northern Trail Running Series Leader Matt Hermann finishing in third (3:22:17).
Sue Crowe backed up dominant wins in the 2010 Gold Rush Trail Marathon and April’s Speewah Legend Footrace with another impressive performance (3:27:53) to lead home the women’s field. Behind Sue were visiting runners Kerrie Williamson from Moreton Bay (4:01:05) and Rachel Bretland from Townsville.
Ryan Hoskins (1:30:37) led home Jason Thomson (1:34:40) and John Broughton (1:40:08) in the Men’s Gold Rush 20km event. In the Women’s 20km event Fiona Campbell was the first over the line in 1:38:46 ahead of Margie Shearer (1:50:34) and Stevie Johnstone (1:52:17) while Ollie Hampel and Danielle Bevan took the gold in the 7km event.