Fastest on Aus Soil Returning to Tassie

Leanne Pompeani had a dream start to 2023. A home world championship, solid prize money wins, breaking Australian all-comers records and taking big scalps.
February 14, 2024

“The first half of 2023 produced some of my best performances of career so far, from World Cross Country in Bathurst, Think Big Run the Bridge, Gold Coast 1/2 Marathon and running a 10km PB of 31.37 at the McGrath Launceston Running festival,” she recalled.

The back half of the year couldn’t have been different.

“Unfortunately, the second half of 2023 was quite the opposite . I struggled with a complicated bi-lateral hamstring injury and it took me out for nearly 6 months.

Now into a new year, she’s grateful to be injury free and looking at race goals again.

“Those months were physically, mentally and emotionally challenging, but now I will be back on the start line with a big smile on my face!” she declared.

The 27-year-old first raced the Think Big Run The Bridge in 2017, fresh off the US College system.  After a 4th placing last year (2nd female) she’s keen to add the Hobart race to her growing collection of Tasmanian wins, which include the 2022 Strait Link Burnie 10 and the 2023 McGrath Launceston Running Festival 10km.

“I’m so excited to be back racing Spectran Group 10km for 2024! 5 weeks ago being able to race or even train properly wasn’t even an option! I might not be where I was 12 months ago but I’m so grateful to be back running and hitting the roads again,” Pompeani explained.

She’ll race a loaded 5000m in Melbourne tomorrow night at the Maurie Plant Meet, then jet to Hobart with many of her competitors for Australia’s richest 10km road race.

“This race is stacked with talented runners, and I know it’s going to be far from easy. Competing against the women as well as the men in the battle of sexes really ramps up the pressure in those last few kilometres, knowing the men aren’t far away and hunting us down,” she said.

The Spectran Group 10km is the richest 10km road race in Australia.  The elite women receive a 3minute 53 second headstart on the men, which is the difference between the course records.  Prizemoney is paid as athletes cross the line, irrespective of gender;

1st - $8000

2nd -$4000

3rd - $2000

4th - $1000

5th - $800

6th - $400

7th - $200

8th - $100

9th - $100

10th - $100