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.