A loaded women’s field for the 2021 Hobart Run The Bridge will look to turn the tables on the men in this years ‘battle of the sexes’.
Australian athletics captain Genevieve Gregson said she was excited to try and add the 10km Hobart title to her resume. She is the current Launceston 10 and Burnie 10 champion.
“I can’t wait to come back down to Tasmania and race on the road. I’ve had success with winning both the Launceston and Burnie 10km’s, so I need to win here in Hobart to complete the Big 3,” the dual Olympian said.
The Australian steeplechase record holder and Olympic finalist has been in career best form over the distance this summer, clocking 32:00 in winning the C5 Pro-Solutions 10km in Launceston in December. On Australia Day she placed fourth in the Australian 10,000 Championships at the Zatopek:10, clocking a track personal best of 32:06.32.
Once again the women’s elite field will receive a 4minutes 11seconds head start on the elite men and wave 1 of the Spectran Group 10km event. The time being the difference between the men’s and women’s course records. Gregson will have oodles of company in the pointy end of the elite women.
Defending champion, Canadian Andrea Seccafien, returns and is undefeated on Tasmanian soil after claiming the inaugural half marathon at the Launceston Running Festival in December.
Jess Stenson (nee Trengove) who won the race in 2014 will also return, hungry to continue her form that she hopes will see her go to a third Olympics this year in the marathon.
Australia’s two representatives at the 2019 World Athletics Championships over 10,000, Sinead Diver and Ellie Pashley are also returning to the streets of Hobart. Both have raced the event in the past, with neither to jump onto the podium as yet. However both return as higher level athletes with qualifiers for the Olympic marathon under the belt and Pashley also being the sole Australian to have attained the Olympic time for the 10,000 at this stage.
“I’m pumped about the battle of the sexes component that this race offers. The girls get a head start and whoever crosses the line first, men or women, gets a bonus. It looks like over recent years the men have been pretty dominant so I’m looking to get one back for the girls and cross that line first.
“It’s always such a great atmosphere with road races. I have heard a lot about the Run the Bridge course, especially Rosny Hill, so I’m extra excited about the challenge of tackling this course,” Gregson said.
Entries are open at hobartrunthebridge.com.au for the February 28 event.
See Genevieve Gregson announce she's racing in this years Hobart Run The Bridge (below).