October 5, 2023
At the close of early entries last weekend, there are 32% more people entered in the event than at the same stage last year. It’s a sign that the Strait Link Burnie 10 is aligned with the rest of the mass participation running industry in Australia bouncing back in force after the pandemic.
For Adams, she’s enjoyed a flurry of races abroad in 2023, including the World Road Running Championships in Riga, Latvia on Sunday.
“I was away in Europe for 3 months trying to chase fast track times, so missed out on the bulk of the Australian road running events.
“Now with Burnie to focus on, fresh off Riga, I’m looking forward to another road race,” Adams said.
Adams lined up over the 5km event in the Latvian capital, the first time that distance has been put on as a world championship on the road.
“Riga was awesome, they put on a really good show. It was amazing to have an event up my alley as I love road racing and to finish 12th is something I’m really proud of. It was quite windy over there, so I’ll be ready for any weather than Burnie throws at me,” she smiled.
“2021 was a massive shock to me to win that event. I came in really fit and confident off the back of Covid having not raced much and training mostly. It was a great opportunity to race against people like Milly Clark and Izzy Batt-Doyle. It was also my personal best at the time (32:31), so I’m looking forward to hopefully running another personal best in Burnie.
“My goal is to win it again. Awesome that ASICS have got around the event, I’ll be wearing the Metaspeed Sky Plus.
Having gained two Australian team call ups in 2023 at the World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Bathurst back in February, along with Riga, the 26 year old is targeting one thing in the forthcoming Olympic year.
“2024 will be more about replicating what I did this year and showing that I belong on those Australian teams on a regular basis. I want to get my 5000m track time down and see if I can get myself on that Olympic team for the 5000m. I think 5000m on the track is my best chance.