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Dual Olympian ready to run the bridge

A LOADED women’s field for the 2021 Hobart Run The Bridge on 28 February will look to turn the tables on the men in this years ‘battle of the sexes’.

Australian athletics captain and dual Olympian Genevieve Gregson said she was excited to try and add the 10-kilometre Hobart title to her resume, which includes current Launceston 10 and Burnie 10 champion.

“I can’t wait to come back down to Tasmania and race on the road,” she said.

“I’ve had success with winning both the Launceston and Burnie 10 kilometres, so I need to win here in Hobart to complete the ‘Big Three’.”

The Australian steeplechase record holder and Olympic finalist has been in career best form over the distance this Summer, clocking 32 minutes in winning the C5 Pro-Solutions 10 kilometres in Launceston in December.

On Australia Day, she placed fourth in the Australian 10,000 Championships at the Zatopek:10, clocking a track personal best of 32:06.32.

The women’s elite field will receive a four minutes and 11 seconds head start on the elite men and wave one of the Spectran Group 10 kilometre event – the time being the difference between the men’s and women’s course records.

“I’m pumped about the battle of the sexes component that this race offers,” Gregson said.

“The girls get a head start and whoever crosses the line first, men or women, gets a bonus.

“It looks like over recent years the men have been pretty dominant so I’m looking to get one back for the girls and cross that line first.

“It’s always such a great atmosphere with road races.

“I have heard a lot about the Run the Bridge course, especially Rosny Hill, so I’m extra excited about the challenge of tackling this course.”

Gregson will be joined by defending champion Canadian Andrea Seccafien who is undefeated on Tasmanian soil after claiming the inaugural half marathon at the Launceston Running Festival in December.

Jess Stenson who won the race in 2014 will also return, hoping the race will see her go to a third Olympics this year in the marathon.

Australia’s two representatives at the 2019 World Athletics Championships, over 10,000 metres Sinead Diver and Ellie Pashley, will both return for a shot to stand on the podium.

Entries for The Run the Bridge on 28 February are open at hobartrunthebridge.com.au.