Garvoc's Virginia Moloney finished 15th in Commonwealth Games women's marathon

ACROSS THE LINE: Garvoc's Virginia Moloney finished her first Commonwealth Games marathon in 15th place overall. Picture: Rob Gunstone
ACROSS THE LINE: Garvoc's Virginia Moloney finished her first Commonwealth Games marathon in 15th place overall. Picture: Rob Gunstone

GARVOC runner Virginia Moloney has realised her Commonwealth Games dream, finishing 15th in a highly-talented women’s marathon pool.

Moloney, a Melbourne-based schoolteacher whose parents and family still reside in the south-west, battled to post a time of two hours and 58 minutes on Sunday morning.

She was the third-placed Australian, behind Lisa Weightman (two hours, 33 minutes) and Jessica Trengove (two hours, 34 minutes).

The 27-year-old was a first-time Commonwealth Games representative after rising to prominence with a Melbourne Marathon victory in 2016.

Namibia’s Helalia Johannes – the eventual winner – clocked a time of two hours and 32 minutes to move within seven minutes of Lisa Martin’s 27-year-old Commonwealth Games record.

Moloney finished 26 minutes behind Johannes in 15th place overall.