Australian track stars Ryan and Genevieve Gregson have worked their magic on the Queensland 10,000m Championship at the Gold Coast.
The husband-and-wife duo pocketed more than half of the $2000 prize money between them, a windfall they will no doubt need when they set off towards anticipated starts at the Monaco Diamond League event on August 14.
They certainly had no trouble with the step up from their pet distances on Saturday, with Australian 1500m record holder Ryan overcoming a brave dig from Gold Coast Run Co club spearhead Louis McAfee.
McAfee and a small pack clung to Gregson until the final lap at the Runaway Bay track before the champion unleashed a blistering 400m kick to win in 29 minutes and 18 seconds.
McAfee held off Tim Vincent in a close battle to finish second.
Back near her home turf, Brisbane-raised Genevieve Gregson was unchallenged in the women's race.
Just days from her 31st birthday, the national 3000m steeplechase record holder cruised to victory in 32:59.83, more than a minute ahead of placegetters Cara Feain-Ryan and Kati Von Elsner-Wellsteed.
The Melbourne-based Gregsons had been training together in southeast Queensland since early June as part of a mission to escape the pandemic's hardest-hit footprint in Australia.
It has also been an opportunity to seize the idyllic training conditions in Brisbane and the Gold Coast in a rare campaign spent in the southern hemisphere winter.
The mere presence of the Gregsons flushed out 75 elite runners across four races for an event that would otherwise have excelled to attract half that number.
It included Australian Commonwealth Games triathlon representative Matt Hauser.