A topflight elite men’s field will give a 4minutes 11seconds head start to the elite women in the Spectran Group 10km at this Sunday’s Hobart Run the Bridge.
The ‘battle of the sexes’ concept began on Valentine’s Day in 2016 and the men hold a 4-1 advantage.
Rio Olympian Liam Adams has been involved in all five of these editions and will return to Hobart this Sunday in search of his fifth victory in Australia’s richest 10km road race.
“I absolutely love this event so I’m super excited to be running. I’m in better shape than I was last year so I’m hoping to run faster than I ever have on this course,” the Victorian electrician said.
Challengers will include Launceston Ten course record holder Jack Rayner, NSW champion Ed Goddard, Ethiopian born IOC refugee scholarship holder Abere Belay, Adelaide’s Riley Cocks and former Triathlete Joel Tobin-White.
“Once again there will be a quality field for the guys. There are a number of the place getters from Launceston 10km and the half marathon who ran fast times down there so it will be good to see who has improved on their form.
“I know a couple of the guys are looking at having a crack at the Olympic qualifier over the next few months, so I reckon the boys will be wanting to chase some quick times on Sunday.
“If we have any chance of catching the women’s field this year, the pace will need to be on from the start. The women’s field is an absolute cracker and it’s highly probable that their course record will be broken so a mid to low 28 will be required for any of us guys looking to be first over the line. I’m definitely up for the challenge,” Adams added.
Adams is fresh off a month-long training camp at Falls Creek recently where Adams was preparing to run the Lake Biwa marathon in Japan, until the marathon became another casualty of the pandemic.
“I was shattered that the marathon that I was training for that clashed with this year’s Hobart Run The Bridge got cancelled so it’s a silver lining that I can do this year’s event.
The women’s field is truly world class, including Ellie Pashley, Sinead Diver, Andrea Seccafien, Genevieve Gregson (nee Lacaze) and Jess Stenson (nee Trengove).
Entries are open until 3pm Saturday at the Wellness Expo at PW1 in Salamanca or online at hobartrunthebridge.com.au.
A livestream of the event will be broadcast on the event Facebook page and Epic Events and Marketing YouTube channel.