September 26, 2022
Adams kept sports fans on the edge of their seats during the Commonwealth Games marathon recently. Beamed into loungerooms at primetime on Saturday 30thJuly, Adams, the self-confessed ‘weekend warrior’ led the championship race well into the second half before finishing 4th.
Recovering remarkably well, he then lined up and won the Sydney City2Surf just 2 weeks later, before pulling on the spikes at the Australian Cross Country Championships a further fortnight later.
“I’m pretty excited to be back running the prestigious Strait Link Burnie 10km again.
“I’ll be running the Melbourne Marathon this weekend, then I’ll be focusing on the short stuff in a hope to make Australia’s world cross country team so it’s vital that I try get my 10km speed back. I know the Burnie 10km always attracts the faster runners in Australia some of which are doing incredible things on the world scene so this is a great opportunity to test myself against the best.
Adams first raced the event in 2006 as a junior, then In 2010 he broke the shackles of being the bridesmaid, in claiming his first major road race victory. 12 years on he’s won most races in Australia and pulled the green and gold on for three Commonwealth Games and two Olympic Games marathons. All while being a full time Electrician.
“It’s been 12 years since I last won the Burnie 10km but I still feel I’m capable of running fast times and PB’s over 10km. Hopefully I’ll be in great shape and can go close to lowering my PB,” he declared.
Fellow Olympic marathoner Milly Clark will also pull on the racing kit on October 23 in Burnie. The Tasmanian earned a third place last year when she ran a 10km road PB of 33:01, Clark went on to win the Melbourne Marathon and has a World Championships marathon qualifier for next year’s World Athletics Championships in Budapest.
Fellow Launceston athlete James Hansen has had a buoyant few months recently, kicked off with becoming the first Tasmanian to win the Launceston 10. He scored an elite field to run a huge lifetime best of 28:50 and will be looking to improve on his 7th place at Burnie last year.
The former world beer mile record holder has produced a flurry of classy times on the track in 2022, but became a viral sensation when he broke the Australian parkrun record last month, clocking 13:53 for the 5km journey. Just last weekend he was involved as a pacemaker in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, piloting the field for the first 9km before Kenya’s Moses Kibet set an Australian all-comers marathon record of 2:07:03.