Marathon running has never been more popular in Tasmania, with the state to host its largest marathon field ever this Sunday.
A record 388 entrants have confirmed for the gruelling 42.195km distance at this week’s 37th Cadbury Marathon. It surpasses the previous mark of 346 at the 2016 edition of the event. Once again they have travelled from far and wide, including USA, Canada, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Finland, Hong Kong and New Zealand, among other nations.
With five distances on offer this Sunday, the largest event is once again the Cadbury Half Marathon, which has attracted Tasmanian marathon superstar Milly Clark. The Launceston athlete had a ripper 2019, winning the Hobart Run The Bridge and setting a personal best, Tasmanian record and 2020 Olympic Qualifier when she came second at the Gold Coast Marathon with 2:28:08.
“I love coming to race in Hobart and can’t wait to toe the line on Sunday. 2020 is a big year of course and even though I have the Olympic qualifier, competition is tight, so I have to be on top of my game with selections around the corner,” Clark said.
A former winner of the event, Clark will be having a crack at the course record of 74:00minutes set by the great Lisa Ondieki.
“My last half marathon was in California in November and on a challenging course I ran under 72minutes, so I’m hopeful I can jump in with a few of the guys and give the record a good trimming,” she declared.
All going well, the 30 year old will look to then back up and run the 10km event.
“I’m coaching a young athlete from Launceston, Jai Eccles who is coming to race the 10km. If I pull up ok, I’ll pace him in the 10km and see how long I can keep up; he’s pretty good,” Clark laughed.
Fellow Olympian Ben St Lawrence will also be lining up, but this time to pace his fiancé Katie Conlon who is looking to achieve the US Olympic Trials qualifying time of 2:45:00. She’ll be up against a crack field including defending champion Meriem Daoui and 3 time past winner Kirsten Molloy. The course record of 2:46:27 set by Hanny Allston in 2007 will certainly be under threat.
The men’s marathon record of 2:23:39 ought to be shaking in its boots, with 2 time Half Marathon champion Nick Earl set to step up in distance. The perennial racer ran a lifetime best in Japan last March with 2:14:38 and having moved to Hobart recently for work, is looking to re set the record books in his new hometown.
As they stand at present, the elite fields include;
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Both events double as the Tasmanian championships.
The 37th Cadbury Marathon will be on Sunday 12th January. It includes the following distances;
A total of over 2100 have already entered, with entries closing 2pm Saturday at www.cadburymarathon.com.au.
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