Amy Lamprecht enters the Cradle Mountain Run not motivated to win for the first time by avenging her close second-place finish last year.
The Launceston runner journeyed the 80km distance over Tasmania’s iconic overland track trailing Emma Flittner by only four minutes.
The magnitude of the margin reflected when the winner took nine hours and nine minutes to cross the line.
“I’m always just happy to get a finish,” Lamprecht said.
“I just run by time – I don’t tend to worry about who else is there at the finish.”
It will be Lamprecht’s fourth race, but the evergreen competitor continues to make strides in one of the tough ultra-marathons.
She said the rough terrain took time to find her feet.
“It’s very unique that you’re unsupported – you’re on your own the whole time. You got to know where you’re going, the weather can be very harsh, so you just have to be prepared,” she said.
Lamprecht trains Cradle Mountain to benefit her running in the altitude thin air.
She has altered training slightly since last year’s race.
“I have done pretty much everything the same, but I have tried to go out in the heat more often this year because I feel like it’s going to be quite warm,” she said.
The 39th annual Cradle Mountain Run starts on Saturday at 6am from Waldheim at Cradle Mountain and finishes at the southern end of the national park at the bottom of Lake St Clair.
Some of the 60 starters could take up to 15 hours to finish the course. Scott Bennett, who completed the run in eight hours and one minute in 2018, will join Flittner in defending their crowns.