28 April 2015
Greater SYDNEY:10 Women’s Preview
Last year’s Sydney:10 race included some of the world’s finest triathletes. But could they be competitive with the running specialists? As the women’s race unfolded it was clear; not only would they be competitive but likely to feature on the podium. And they did, with American Olympic triathlete Gwen Jorgensen winning the race from Olympic track star Eloise Wellings, with Queensland triathlete Emma Jackson fourth.
The great news for the 2015 Greater Sydney:10, to be held this Saturday at Sydney Olympic Park, is the triathletes have returned and they look to be even more competitive than in 2014.
The women’s triathlon line up is headed by Gwen Jorgensen who is back to defend her crown. Easily the finest triathlete in the world today, she has won 13 International Triathlon Union World Series triathlons between 2013 and 2015, including three wins already in this year at Abu Dhabi, Auckland and Gold Coast.
With both Jorgensen and Wellings back for this year’s race we can expect another close dual, as Wellings recalled after her 2014 race.
â€œIt started to hurt at about eight or nine kilometres when Gwen (Jorgensen) dropped in a three minute ’k’. I really started to feel it after that.â€
Jorgensen ran on to win in a race record 32:21, ahead of Wellings with 32:56.
â€œI didn’t know what to expect I haven’t really run just a straight 10k for a while so it was good to come out here close to where I train. I think they are super fun it is a hard session for us and it gets the speed work in,â€ Jorgensen said.
Jorgensen’s time of 32:21 was the fastest time in the NSW women’s Road Championship first conducted in 1979. It broke the previous best of 32:25, run by Sutherland’s Michelle Dillon in 1994 shortly before she headed off to Canada to compete for Australia in the Commonwealth Games 10,000m. Ironically, Dillon would go on to become a dual Olympic triathlete for her adopted country Great Britain, and now based in the UK, she runs a very successful triathlon coaching business.
â€œIt shows how strong the triathletes are and you have to be a world class biker, swimmer and runner,â€Jorgensen said.
American Gwen Jorgensen trains under coach Jamie Turner and with the Wollongong Wizards, based in the Illawarra. Other squad members on the line will included Canadian Commonwealth Games representative Sarah-Anne Brault, Australia’s 2013 world under-23 champion Charlotte McShane, Chilean dual Olympian Barbara Riveros and Campbelltown-born and raised Natalie Van Coevorden.
Brault, who has a track running background, from her college days has also run big events like the Stanford Invitation 10,000m race. In a blog she joked about her career and running verses triathlon.
â€œI did a stint at West Virginia University where I represented the mountaineer on the track over the longer distances. However, my heart and soul belonged to triathlon. I left with a few pieces of paper for my wall, great memories and heaps of friends. Now I have more friends, as I travel around the world in pursuit of excellence on the blue carpets.â€
The 2015 Great Sydney:10 also incorporates the national 10km championships and 85th NSW Road Championship.
Joining Wellings will be former Australian Cross Country and Half Marathon champion Queensland’s Clare Geraghty eighth in last year’s race and Nat Archer, who was third NSW athletes last year. Newcastle-based track specialist and former Australian cross country champion, Bridey Delaney will be keen to impress on the road. Now under the coaching guidance of Sydney:10 race director, Scott Westcott, Delaney has an impressive range as 12 months ago she was in the Bahamas running for Australia in the 4x1500m at the IAAF World Relays where they won bronze. Sutherland’s Lexy Gilmour continues her return with a fourth place over 10 miles in Japan in 59:40.
What: 10/5/2.5km road race
Competitors: elite, fun runners and all ages
Date: Saturday 2 May
Where: Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre, Dawn Fraser Ave
7.15am Sydney:10 Wheelchair race 10km
7.45am Herbalife 10km Australian Road Running Championships, NSW Road Championship (open & masters), NSW U20 male, Masters male & female.
9.05am Greater 5km Fun Run and NSW U20 female/U18/U16 Road Championship
9.45am Little Athletics NSW 2.5km and NSW U14/U12 Road Championship
The race runs along the iconic Olympic Boulevard and finishes inside the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre.
On line entries only and close 9.00am Thursday 30 April.
See Sydney:10 website for information on entry costs, timing system/bibs, water/toilet stops, baggage area, presentations, prizemoney and much more.
AUSTRALIAN 10KM ROAD RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP
The race will include the Australian 10km road race championships. Four member state teams will also compete for the teams championship.
Previous winners: 2014 (Sydney) Harry Summers 29:34 & Gwen Jorgensen 32:21; 2013 (Launceston) Lisa Weightman 33:22 & Ben St Lawrence 29:09; 2012 (Launceston) Lisa Weightman 32:47 and Michael Shelley 28:44.
85th NSW ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP
The race incorporates the state road championships for ages under-12 to open and masters. The first championship was held in 1927 and they have built a long and rich history won by many of NSW’s finest distance runners including: Kerryn McCann, Liz Miller, Lara Tamsett, Jeff Hunt, Scott Westcott, Al Lawrence, John Farrington, Dave Power, Paul Arthur, Jamie Harrison, Andrew Lloyd and John Andrews.
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Twitter: #Sydney10, @SydneyTen, @runNSW_ and @NSWAthletics
Athletics NSW website http://www.nswathletics.org.au/
Run NSW Sydney:10 http://www.runnsw.com.au/event/sydney-10/
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Eloise Wellings and Gwen Jorgensen in the 2014 race (Image courtesy of David Tarbotton)