It's ready, set, go for Launceston Ten runners

Wife and husband Kathryn and Martin Fox, with Sarah Guest, all of Launceston, run past the Town Hall in preparation for the Launceston Ten. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

Wife and husband Kathryn and Martin Fox, with Sarah Guest, all of Launceston, run past the Town Hall in preparation for the Launceston Ten. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

ORGANISERS are predicting about 2000 runners will take part in Sunday's Launceston Ten, numbers that are on par with last year's overall entries.

As well as the 10-kilometre main event, which starts at the Town Hall before travelling down the East Tamar Highway and returning to the Town Hall, there will also be a five-kilometre race, kids' two-kilometre race and a corporate challenge.

Last year 1463 runners took on the 10-kilometre race, which was won by Ben St Lawrence, with Lisa Weightman the first woman home.

Jacob Birtwhistle and Kate Pedley are the reigning Tasmanian champions.

The 2011 winner, Liam Adams, two-time female champion Nikki Chapple and Australian Olympic marathon runner Jess Trengove are some of the big-name entries this year.

But the race is not just about the elite, with runners of all abilities encouraged to compete.

There will be prizes for the best team (of four), first husband and wife runners and best fancy dress.

"The event has just gone from strength to strength in its eight years," organiser Rob Gillard said yesterday.

"From an elite point of view, it is the fastest and richest 10-kilometre race in Australia and hopefully that will continue to grow over the years.

"At the pointy end of the field it's really good, with the Kenyans and New Zealand contingent coming over."

Entries remain open via www.launcestonten.com.au until 10pm today.

There will be no entries accepted on race day.

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