ACT runner Leanne Pompeani won her second Southern Cross University 10km Run on the Gold Coast this morning becoming only the second woman to win the race more than once in the event’s history.
Braving cool squally conditions, the 2016 winner continued her fine form of this year, setting a new personal best of 33:00, two seconds faster than her PB she set in Sydney in May.
Pompeani (AUS/ACT) also represented Australia at the World Cross Country Championships in March and followed that up with a win in Canberra over 10km in April.
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Kylie Risk is the only other multiple winner of the women’s race having won it five times.
Filling today’s podium, Casey Wood (AUS/SA) was second in 33:10 with Charlotte Wilson (AUS/VIC) third in 33:54.
In an enthralling men’s race, 800m and 1500m track specialist Lachlan Barber (AUS/VIC) put in a withering finish burst to claim his first Southern Cross University 10km Run.
Barber clocked 29:58 in his first attempt at the 10km distance surging clear of Tim Vincent (AUS/QLD) over the final 400m to win by five seconds. Liam Boudin (AUS/QLD) was third in 30:18.
As the first Queenslander across the line, Vincent, from Kedron in Brisbane, claimed the Queensland 10km Road Running Championships for men with Alexandra Blake, from Bulimba in Brisbane, winning the women’s title finishing in 36:48 and 12th overall.
Pompeani and Barber won $1,000 prizemoney for their wins in the Southern Cross University 10km Run this morning.
More than 5,100 participants greeted the starter in this first race as part of the Gold Coast Marathon weekend.