Perry runs hot to win in cold conditions

FORMER Devonport Gift winner Nicole Perry overcame her dislike of cold and windy conditions to take out the women's 400-metre handicap final at a wet Burnie Carnival yesterday.

The 27-year-old, Mike Gunson- trained runner started off a mark of 24m and was too strong in the run to the line, beating home Victorian Claire Thiele (35m) and Bruny Island's Michelle Davis (30m).

Perry's winning time was 54.41.

She chased hard from the start to haul in another Victorian Celia Cosgriff off 30m and set off to catch Davis and Thiele.

Perry made her move at the start of the straight and was too strong, running down Davis and Thiele before the finish line.

"I thought I had a good chance as long as I went out hard so I did that and it all came together," she said after her win.

"I was happy with my run - 400 is not my preferred distance - 800 is, so it is nice to get a win in the 400."

Perry said she thought she was in with a chance of victory coming around the final bend into the home straight.

"I saw the front markers sort of tire in the home straight so I knew from the back then that I could win," she said.

Perry won the same event in 2007.

"I'm not too good in the cold and wind but it is shocking for everyone," she said.

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