Launceston’s Josh Harris, one of our two Ambassadors in this year’s B&E Launceston Ten, is celebrating the biggest moment of his athletics career so far.
The 26-year-old school teacher has been selected to represent Australia in the Marathon at this year’s World Athletics Championships, to be held in London later this year.
Harris, who ran a 2hrs17min Marathon in Japan back in March, couldn’t contain his excitement when he received the call, becoming the first Tasmanian male to be selected for this event at a World Championship.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling to be selected to represent Australia at the World Champs,” Harris said.
“It’s been a dream of mine since I started running 17 years ago,” he added.
With the World Championships to be held in August, the upcoming B&E Launceston Ten will serve as a key event for the proud Tasmanian.
“I’m really looking forward to testing myself at the Launceston Ten, and am looking forward to a good battle with Douglas Hamerlok for first Tasmanian,” Harris said.
In a further coup for the June 18 event, Australia’s fastest and richest 10km road running race, two other confirmed entrants will also be jetting off to the World Championships in August.
Mother-of-two Sinead Diver will represent Australia at the World Championships in the Women’s Marathon, and Eloise Wellings, who won the Women’s race back in 2015, is also off to the World’s, where she’ll line-up in the 10,000m – an event she finished 10th in at last year’s Rio Olympics.
Online entries for the Give Me 5 for Kids Two, The Running Edge Five and B&E Launceston Ten close at midnight on Saturday, June 17th, and those wishing to take part can enter via the website www.tasmanianrunningfestival.com.au