17th May, 2017

This year’s B&E Launceston Ten is shaping up as one of the best on record, as preparations continue ahead of the new look Tasmanian Running Festival.

Rio Olympian Liam Adams has announced he will return this year, as he attempts to win his fourth title, and the 2017 event has him excited.

“This year’s Launceston 10km will probably be one of Australia’s strongest 10km road fields assembled on Australian soil for a number of years,” Adams said.

“There are a number of guys that are coming off some great performances overseas, so it’s definitely going to be tough to win my fourth B&E Launceston Ten this year – we should see a very fast race,” Adams added.

This year’s field includes Ben St Lawrence, twice an Olympic 10,000m finalist, and current Australian 10,000m record holder; St Lawrence also took out the B&E Launceston Ten back in 2013.

Adams was the best performed Australian in the Marathon at the Rio Olympic Games, finishing 31st overall in a time of 2hrs:16mins:12secs.

This year’s Launceston Ten is an important stepping stone for the 30-year-old Victorian in his attempts to qualify for next year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Introduced to long-distance running at Primary School, Adams credits his PE teacher for suggesting he try cross-country running, which brought almost immediate success.

“In that first year, I went all the way through to the State Championships, but had to withdraw due to suffering an asthma attack, however, the following year I made it all the way through to the National Championships and won a bronze medal,” Adams said.

In addition to running, Adams was also involved in baseball, Aussie Rules, skateboarding and football umpiring, however, after joining his local athletics club – Athletics Essendon – Adams was introduced to one of Australia’s best athletics coaches, Gregor Gojrzewski, and gradually turned his attention more and more towards athletics.

On the women’s side dual Olympian Eloise Wellings, who finished 10th in the 10,000m Women’s Final at last year’s Rio Olympics (the best finish ever by an Australian in the event) has also signed on for this year’s B&E Launceston Ten. Wellings returns to Launceston with great memories, after taking out the women’s title in 2015.

Also joining Wellings on the start line will be Australian half-marathon champion Cassie Fien, who had a tremendous finish to 2016, placing 11th in the New York Marathon.

This year’s B&E Tasmanian Running Festival will start and finish in Launceston’s magnificent City Park, on Sunday June 18th.
Festivities will kick off at City Park from 11am – 8pm on Saturday, June 17th, with race kit collection, food and drink stalls from local producers, as well as live entertainment.

The popular Kids Clinic will also be hosted on Saturday afternoon, where many of the elite athletes will be in attendance to pass on their knowledge and tips to up-and-coming junior athletes.

Online entries for the Give Me 5 for Kids Two, The Running Edge Five and the B&E Launceston Ten close at midnight on Saturday, June 17th at www.tasmanianrunningfestival.com.au.

For all media enquiries, please contact:
Rick Fontyn Media Manager – B&E Tasmanian Running Festival
P) 0448 040 407 E) rickfont70@gmail.com