Michael Shelley and Lisa Weightman both ran personal best on the streets of Launceston today en-route to winning the the inaugural Australian 10km road running championships.
For Shelley, it was his first national open title, on his first attempt at the B&E Launceston Ten.
“That shows that my training has been going well and I’m in good form. Having not raced for a while, I wasn’t 100% sure of how I was going, but clearly I’m going well,” 28 year old Shelley said.
The Queenslander made his move in the final 3km, after much of the front running had been done by Sydney’s Harry Summers and Canberra’s Marty Dent.
“The pace was really on from the outset, with Harry chasing a fast time. So that set us up to run nice and fast today,” Shelley added after running 28minutes 43seconds.
Melbourne’s Mitch Brown ran a 61second personal best to come in second, with Summers holding on for third, while Dent came home in fourth.
Victorian Lisa Weightman won her second Launceston Ten, replicating her 2008 efforts. After setting up an 80m margin at the midway point, Weightman continued with the intensity to take home the national title.
“I’m really happy to win the first ever Australian 10km road title. Like Michael, it was my fastest ever 10km on the road, so it shows that my training is heading in the right direction ahead of the London Olympics,” Weightman said.
The women’s winning time for Weightman was 32minutes 46seconds, with fellow Olympic bound marathon runner Jess Trengove from South Australia placing second.
Sydney Olympian Georgie Clarke placed third in 33:57.
Mel Daniels was the standout Tasmanian in the race, which also featured the Tasmanian 10km road championships.
The Hobart runner smashed her lifetime best, to clock 34:00 and finish 4th overall.
“I’m so happy with my time and to place 4th in a field with so many good athletes from around the country is above my expectations,” Daniels said.
Second in the Tasmanian women's championships was Jacqui Dalwood, followed by Fiona Lennon.
Grant Page won the Tasmanian open title, after being the first registered athlete from the state over the line. He was followed home by Josh Harris and Doug Hamerlok.
The top 20 in the race for each gender can be seen below, while the top registered placegetters from the state championship can be seen in the attachment.
2012 AUSTRALIAN WOMENS 10KM ROAD RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS
1 Lisa Weightman VIC 32:46
2 Jessica Trengove SA 33:34
3 Georgie Clarke VIC 33:57
4 Melanie Daniels TAS 34:00
5 Sophie Barker IC 34:19
2012 AUSTRALIAN MENS 10KM ROAD RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS
1 Michael Shelley QLD 28:44
2 Mitch Brown VIC 28:53
3 Harry Summers NSW 29:03
4 Martin Dent ACT 29:05
5 Al Stevenson QLD 29:44
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