Halcyon Marathon Team shine at Gold Coast Marathon
Team Halcyon was a streak of orange amid the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the pavement during the Gold Coast Marathon event at Southport last weekend.
More than 115 Halcyon homeowners and staff laced up their runners and donned their orange shirts to take on the 5.7km Gold Coast Airport Fun Run on Saturday morning.
After a lively group warm-up with personal trainer Jessie, Team Halcyon – representing Halcyon Waters, Vision by Halcyon and Halcyon Greens - was ready for the challenge.
For many it was more of a walk than a run, but thoroughly enjoyable one with good company, the beautiful Broadwater backdrop and plenty of encouragement coming from the sidelines.
They were well supported by Halcyon caretakers Mark Young, Jason Gordon and Jordan Paix, and several helpers, who prepared a delicious post-race BBQ brunch at ‘Team Halcyon HQ’ near the finish line.
It was a first for some homeowners who had never taken part in an event like this.
Bill Harrison, of Halcyon Greens, said he was pleasantly surprised after wife Joy and community manager Michelle Drummond talked him into signing up.
“It’s just not my sort of thing usually,” he said.
“But I was so pleased I did it because I absolutely enjoyed it.
“It brought out my competitive side.
“The event was uplifting, and a great experience seeing other people having a go who were worse off than me.
“It was great having all the supporters cheering you on along the way.”
First-timer Trevor Stehr, also from Halcyon Greens, didn’t know what to expect and was a little apprehensive.
“I had a few injuries and didn’t know if I’d make it back, but I did, and in a better time than I expected.
“It was great having Halcyon as the organiser and having a home base where you could talk to people and have something to eat and drink afterward.
“It was fun, and I’d do it again.”
Judy Gavan crossed the finish line with long-time friend and fellow Halcyon Greens homeowner Del Flack.
“I went into it purely for a social get-together because I’m only new here,” she said.
“I’ve got a crook knee, so I just wanted a nice, easy social walk.
“It was lovely, I thoroughly enjoyed the walk and the camaraderie.
“Afterwards, we had a coffee, a chat and some lunch - I’ll definitely be doing it again next year.”