In-form Victorian David McNeill has taken out this year’s B&E Launceston Ten for the
first time, finishing ahead of three-time winner Liam Adams by 34 seconds on a stunning
June morning in Launceston.
A large crowd was on-hand in the picturesque City Park, the new venue for the
start/finish of this year’s race, and they weren’t disappointed seeing some fantastic
racing, with competitor numbers up by fifty percent.
30-year-old McNeill made his move at the 5km turn, where he broke away from Adams
and never looked back, taking out the race in a time of 28mins 54secs, just 17 seconds
short of the race record set back in 2007 by Mark Tucker.
Runner-up in 2010, McNeill can now add the Launceston Ten crown to his previous wins
in the Burnie Ten and Hobart’s Run the Bridge.
Olympic 10,000 metre finalist and 2013 Launceston Ten winner Ben St Lawrence finished
strongly to claim third, while Launceston’s Josh Harris was the first Tasmanian to cross
the line, finishing in sixth place overall.
In the women’s 40-year-old Victorian Sinead Diver stormed home over the final
kilometres to stun the field, finishing 58 seconds clear of Cassie Fien, with Rio Olympian
Eloise Wellings third.
Diver made her move at the 5km turn also, and overtook Wellings and was able to build
her lead and stretch that margin through until the end, proving a very popular winner,
deservedly receiving a great ovation from the large crowd.
Diver will now head to London with tremendous confidence for this year’s World Athletics
Championships, where she will represent her country in the marathon, taking out the
Launceston Ten in a fabulous time of 32mins 51secs.
Rising 18-year-old Tasmanian star Meriem Daoui was the first Tasmanian woman to
cross the line in sixth place.
Abbas Rajab Ali was the first male in the Running Edge 5km, with 14-year-old Madison
Brazendale crossing the line first in the women’s race.
The morning started with the ever popular Give-Me-5-For-Kids 2K, where nine-year-old
Hamish Cook was the first runner across the line, with Bianca Anderson the first girl.
Event organisers were thrilled with the turnout for this year’s event, which included for the first time, a two day Festival Village, featuring local food, craft beer, beverages and entertainment.
B&E Launceston Ten
1. David McNeill VIC 28:54mins
2. Liam Adams VIC 29:28mins
3. Ben St Lawrence NSW 29:40mins
1. Sinead Diver VIC 32:51mins
2. Cassie Fien QLD 33:49mins
3. Eloise Wellings NSW 33:56mins
The Running Edge – Launceston 5:
1. Abbas Rajab Ali 16:55mins
2. William Blackaby 17:19mins
3. Dave Bailey 17:26mins
1. Madison Brazendale 19:00mins
2. Catelyn Turner 19:07mins
3. Erin Giles 20:33mins
Give Me 5 For Kids – Launceston Kids 2:
1. Hamish Cook 07:38.6mins
2. Jobie Wescombe 07:38.8mins
3. Griffin Poke 07:53mins
1. Bianca Anderson 07:57mins
2. Bonnie Talbot 07:59mins
3. Zahli Wescombe 08:13mins
For all media enquiries, please contact:
Rick Fontyn Media Manager – B&E Tasmanian Running Festival
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