Experienced Twilighters

The UQ Twilight run is not just for first-time runners.

As the first major half marathon and 10km run of the running season in Queensland, the event also attracts a strong contingent of elite runners.

MELANIE PANAYIOTOU

– Commonwealth Games marathon runner

This includes distance runner Melanie Panayiotou who represented Australia at the marathon Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. Melanie has been a regular runner at Twilight events, and shared this experience about running previous Twilight events:

“2013 was the year I started running well and realising my potential in distance running. The Twilight run was my fifth consecutive half marathon PB that year, in the lead up to my first marathon in Melbourne, where I ran 2:41 and a Commonwealth Games qualifier.”

JOHN PEARSON

– ultramarathon runner

John Pearson is an ultramarathon runner who is used to training long, solo hours. John sees Twilight as his chance to celebrate the art and joy of running and
racing with his family.

“Running long and hard sessions alone can get a little isolating. So come Twilight race day, there is that buzz of excitement, runners of all abilities, shapes and sizes,
of different ages all coming from backgrounds coming together to challenge themselves physically, mentally and emotionally.

Running has become a big part of our family life and a real highlight for me in the last few months has been, being able to share major events with my son. Even when the competitive juices cease to inspire me, I am sure the joy of running with the kids and watching them develop will keep my enthusiasm up.”