Jess and Eloise at the start line of the 2015 ASICS Half Marathon.
Hannah’s personal best of 1:12:41 set in Houston earlier this year has her stepping up to the start line as the third fastest in the field and that alone puts her in solid contention for a podium finish overall and for the Oceania Championship.
Other contenders include local Gold Coast runner Riine Ringi was the winner of last year’s Canberra Marathon, coming in with a time of two hours, 42 minutes and 26 seconds.
What made the win even more remarkable was the fact she was missing parts of her toenails that were lost during an ultra-marathon event late in 2020.
Twenty-four-year-old South Australian Aleesha Robertson and NSW runner Rosy Cooper will fight a race within a race with both out to improve on their identical personal bests of 1:17:41 while Queensland’s Nadine Roulston (31) will be keen to make her mark against the quality interstate.
More local hopes lie in the efforts of Queenslanders Reegan Ellis, Isabelle Pickett and Emily Donker while the Gold Coast’s own Athens 2004 Olympic Games cycling road race gold medallist Sara Carrigan will swap her foot cleats for runners in her first competitive 21.1km hit out.
The 2022 ASICS Half Marathon women’s field is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent years with the race record (1:09:00) certainly in jeopardy if the Gold Coast rolls out its traditionally ideal conditions.