The 10,000m world record holder for over 40’s has twice finished second at the Strait Link Burnie 10 and will be looking to take top spot on Sunday.
“I've raced Burnie twice before and come second on both occasions so still haven't been able to clinch the win...maybe third times a charm,” Diver said.
Last month the 46-year-old won the Australian marathon championships in Sydney, with Burnie being her first race since winning the title.
“I pulled up well from Sydney. No niggles which is always a relief post marathon. I did get sick for a couple of weeks but I’m out the other side of that now and training is going well,” she added.
Diver is expected to have a battle on her hands with 2021 race winner Caitlin Adams looking to continue her strong form on the roads, after representing Australia at the World Road Running Championships in Latvia earlier this month.
“Caitlin is always a tough competitor. She had a great run at Burnie in 2021 taking the win and I watched her put in a strong performance in Riga just a few weeks ago so hopefully she's been out celebrating since then,” Diver laughed.
Launceston’s Milly Clark will also line up, after placing second in the Melbourne Marathon less than two weeks ago. While the legs may be fatigued still, she will start the favourite of the locals as the event also includes the Tasmanian 10km road championships.
In its second year of being the major sponsor of the Strait Link Burnie 10, Director Sales and Marketing at Strait Link Peter McCann said Strait Link were excited for the weekend of activity in Burnie.
"Burnie is Strait Link's home, and together with Team Global Express we are major employers in Tasmania. Many of our employees, customers and their families will be involved on the day. We share the same value of community spirit and the desire to promote the best of Tasmania to the world. We are proud to be Tasmania's reliable and trusted vital link across the Bass Strait," Mr McCann said.
Once again a top flight field has been assembled in both the men’s and women’s races. Athletes in the Strait Link Burnie 10 will race for $3000 first prize, plus $500 to the first Tasmanian and $500 to the first person to reach the 5km turn point.
Full elite fields for the Strait Link Burnie 10 are: