News: Hunt rounds out marathon preparation with 5th at cross country trials

Article by Running2London

Running2London athlete Jeff Hunt has run his last race before his marathon debut next month in Japan, finishing a strong fifth in the Australian world cross country trial over 12km.

Jeff ran prominently in the leading pack until the final lap, when Australian 10000m record holder Collis Birmingham increased the pace and broke the field apart. Jeff finished 18 seconds behind, to cap off an excellent preparation for his marathon debut; over the past six months he has improved dramatically, running 62:44 in his half marathon debut, placing second in the national cross country championships and then lowering his 10000m personal best to a Commonwealth Games B-qualifier of 28:19.

“I’ve only just come down from Falls Creek, where I’ve put in some really good training over the past three weeks,” Jeff said after the race.

“The field today was very strong and it was great to have a hit out to test where I am at. I’ll start to taper my training over the next three weeks in preparation for Beppu and then hopefully set my sights on the world cross country championships at the end of March.”

Fellow Running2London athlete Emma Rilen contested the women’s 8km race, finishing 12th in her first serious race after a series of injury setbacks. Emma will now look forward to racing on the track throughout the domestic season.

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