Commonwealth Games athletes Jess Trangove and Celia Sullohern will be looking to make history at the Gold Coast Marathon next month.
Australia has not won the women's race at the Gold Coast Marathon since 2009 when Lauren Shelley was victorious.
It won't be easy for the two Commonwealth Games stars as they come up against Kenyan duo, Agness Barsosio and Ruth Chebitok who are the top two seeds at the event.
Barsosio has an impressive PB of 2:20:59 which she set when second in last year’s Paris Marathon with Chebitok setting her PB of 2:25:49 at the Barcelona Marathon in March which she won.
Trengove produced a bronze medal finish in the women’s marathon at the Commonwealth Games despite the extremely hot conditions.
🧖🏼♀️ Steam Training for the @GCMarathon in just over 2 weeks... Excited for the challenge ahead! A touch cooler than April would be delightful thanks weather man 🙋🏼♀️🌡🙏� 📹: @jamiestanley85 pic.twitter.com/Y08DCwmc2F— Jessica Trengove (@JessTrengove) June 15, 2018
“With a relatively small window between the Commonwealth Games and the Gold Coast Marathon, my decision to race depended upon a smooth recovery and the ability to absorb another marathon training load," she said.
Her body has responded positively to her return to training and has been able to leverage off the solid base that she had built up for the Commonwealth Games marathon.
“My goal for the Gold Coast Marathon is to run a personal best time which is currently 2:27:01," Trengove said.
The 30-year-old set her PB at the London Marathon.
Sullohern re-emerged onto the elite scene after a serious injury last season with a breakthrough 2:34:38 to place sixth in the Gold Coast Marathon.
Australians will remember the 25-year-old from the moment of sportsmanship as Sullohern along with two other Australians waited to congratulate the last runner to cross the line in the 5,000m.
Sportsmanship at its best 💚💛#TeamAUS 10,000m trio Celia Sullohern, Madeline Hills and Eloise Wellings waited at the finish line to congratulate every athlete upon finishing the race.#GreaterTogether pic.twitter.com/89omgjBVJs— Comm Games AUS (@CommGamesAUS) April 9, 2018
“My recovery from the Games has gone well," Sullohern said.
"I did some triathlon training on the bike and in the pool to allow my body to recover and then I shifted focus to longer and slower runs.
“I honestly don’t know if I can run that 2:28, however, a PB would be nice,” she said.
They will be chasing the winner’s cheque of $20,000 along with potential time bonus money of up to another $20,000.