Olympian all set to race on White­haven

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

Af­ter wel­com­ing run­ning roy­alty in the form of four-time Olympian Steve Moneghetti, the Hamil­ton Is­land En­durance Se­ries has added another big name with Olympian and Com­mon­wealth Games rep­re­sen­ta­tive Eloise Wellings set to com­pete.

Wellings will con­test the Great White­haven Beach Run on Satur­day, hav­ing raced on sport’s big­gest stage in 5km and 10km events.

A prodi­gious ju­nior tal­ent, Wellings was orig­i­nally se­lected to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the Syd­ney Olympics when she was just 16 but a stress frac­ture robbed her of a fairy­tale home event.

In­juries also ruled her out of both the Athens and Bei­jing Games be­fore the stars fi­nally aligned, al­low­ing her to com- pete at Lon­don in 2012.

Wellings also con­tested Com­mon­wealth Games in Mel­bourne, Glas­gow and New Delhi and has now set her sights on the Rio Olympics.

A back-to-back win­ner of an elite Zatopek 10,000m event and found­ing di­rec­tor of the Love Mercy Foun­da­tion, Wellings had not de­cided which dis­tance she will con­test at White­haven.

On the back of record num­bers at last month’s Hamil­ton Is­land Hilly Half Marathon and the Air­lie Beach Run­ning Fes­ti­val sim­i­larly on track for a bumper year, regis­tra­tions are also up for Satur­day’s race.

Events on the day in­clude half marathon, 10.5km and 5km races while there will also be ju­nior events over 500m and 1500m.

The Hamil­ton Is­land Wed­ding White­haven Chal­lenge is free to en­ter for any ticket holder, and will in­clude a sharp 500m course avail­able to open, ju­nior and lo­cal staff teams.

Best dressed prizes will be awarded for this race so colour is en­cour­aged.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to register visit www.hamil­ton­is­land.com.au/sport­sev­ents/great-white­haven­beach-run.

All par­tic­i­pants from the main­land will re­ceive free ferry trans­fers to and from the event.

FIRED UP: Olympian Eloise Wellings will con­test the Great White­haven Beach Run.

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