Girls ready to run

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

WHILE other kids are kick­ing back for school hol­i­days, three Monto run­ners are busy putting in some se­ri­ous hard yards.

Lailah Mitchell, Lizzie Younger and Chelsea Knight are train­ing up to five times a week ahead of the State Pri­mary Schools Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in Bris­bane this month.

On July 18-19 Lailah will run the 3km un­der 11s race, and Lizzie and Chelsea will face off in the 2km un­der 10s com­pe­ti­tion.

The event will bring more than 200 chil­dren from around Queens­land, but Lailah re­mains un­daunted.

“I’m hop­ing to win,” she said with a smile.

AL­THOUGH the com­pe­ti­tion will be tough at the State Pri­mary Schools cross coun­try Cham­pi­onships in Bris­bane next month, Lailah Mitchell is de­ter­mined to win.

“I just like com­ing first,” the fo­cused un­der-11 com­peti­tor said.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the Wide Bay com­pe­ti­tion a month ago, Lailah was selected in the re­gional team and will travel to Bris­bane for the 3km race on July 18-19.

She was selected last year as well, but didn’t end up com­pet­ing af­ter “she got an axe through her foot”.

Fel­low Mon­to­ni­ans Lizzie Younger and Chelsea Knight were picked in the un­der-10s team, af­ter fin­ish­ing third and fourth in the Wide Bay race and said they were ner­vous and ex­cited for their big­gest com­pe­ti­tion.

Al­though the lit­tle ath­letes are young, they have a solid work ethic and all three are putting in some se­ri­ous hard yards ahead of their races.

As well as “run­ning around all the holes on the golf course twice”, once a week Lailah is push­ing her­self to prac­tise hill sprints on Golf Links Rd.

Lizzie also does hill sprints with Lailah, and runs around her farm, “fol­low­ing the trail of cow pats home”.

“I sing songs in my head to keep me go­ing, but I’m not go­ing to tell any­one which songs,” she said with a laugh.

Chelsea’s train­ing sched­ule in­volves “run­ning up and down hills, some­times” and tak­ing the dog for a can­ter around her home.

“I do like tak­ing my dog Ruby on runs, but she’s not very good,” she said.

De­spite the hard work, the girls said there are def­i­nitely some up sides to train­ing so much.

Lizzie said: “Pasta and mac and cheese are good for en­ergy, so I like it when Mum cooks me some be­fore a race.”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Lizzie Younger, Lailah Mitchell and Chelsea Knight will all run in the Wide Bay team in the State Pri­mary Schools Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in Bris­bane on July 18-19.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

ON TAR­GET: Cross coun­try run­ners Lizzie Younger, Lailah Mitchell and Chelsea Knight will all com­pete for the Wide Bay team.

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