The women’s course record of 32:31 will be under serious threat at next weekend’s Think Big Run The Bridge with a crack international level field being assembled for the Spectran Group 10km.
No less than 4 Olympians have confirmed, with Tokyo representatives Izzi Batt-Doyle (5000m), Rose Davies(5,000m) and Sinead Diver (Marathon) joining Rio Olympian Milly Clark on the start line.
They’ll be joined by English representatives Charlotte Purdue and Calli Thackery, along with Olga Firsovaof the Czech Republic.
If that wasn’t enough, Cadbury Marathon record holder Marnie Ponton is also joining in the fun.
Rose Davies carries outstanding current form, having recently defended her Australian 10,000m national title in taking out last months Zatopek:10. The 22-year-old Novocastrian last raced a 10km on the roads at the 2020 Launceston Running Festival, finishing 2nd with a super quick 32:02.
Fresh off a win over 5,000m at last weeks Adelaide Track Classic in 15:13.35, Izzi Batt-Doyle will look to get her first win on the roads in Tassie, having had minor placings in recent Burnie 10 and Launceston Running Festival efforts.
Boasting the quickest time over the distance in the field is Irish born Sinead Diver. Incredibly, the 45-year-old finished 10th in the Olympic Marathon last year, before backing up less than 2months later to place 12th in the London Marathon. With a personal best of 31:25 from the 2019 World Championships, Diver will use the race as a key build up to a potential double at both the 2022 Commonwealth Games and World Athletics Championships.
2019 race winner Milly Clark said the field had all the ingredients for an exciting race.
“It’s an insanely hot field. When I won this 3 years ago I ran 34:28. It’ll take a time more than 2minutes quicker to win it this year,” the 32 year old said.
After winning the Melbourne Marathon in a personal best of 2:26:59 in December, Clark said she wants to better her 10km PB again which was set in October’s Burnie 10.
“2022 is a big year. I’ve got the qualifier for both the World Champs and Comm Games. It’s been a long time since I’ve raced overseas, but I’m fit, healthy and motivated to run fast and get amongst it with the best in the business. Run The Bridge really suits strong runners, which I am, so it’ll be great to mix it with one of the best 10km fields I’ve ever seen in Australia,” Clark declared.
NAMEPBSinead Diver31:25:00Rose Davies31:39:00Izzi Batt-Doyle31:43:00Charlotte Purdue32:03:00Marnie Ponton32:51:00Milly Clark33:02:00Olga Firsova33:32:00Calli Thackery33:59:00