Record Runners Rocking up to Richmond
The 10th edition of the Richmond Carnival kicks off the season of Tasmanian Athletic League racing this Sunday.
Tasmanian pro running stalwart Ray Quarrell said it was a long time coming in these uncertain times, but the athletes had responded in entering.
“We bit the bullet and took a punt to get the event to go ahead, we’re really pleased we did because the athletes have responded and we have record entries for our 10th edition.
“We took a positive approach for this season, getting relevant approvals for our event. It was a challenge of course, but the athletes have all been training hard and we owe it to them to provide racing opportunities,” Quarrell said.
For the first time, there will be equal sized men’s and women’s fields, with four heats of each in the 120m gift.
Tasmanian record holder Morgan Gaffney will headline the women’s sprint, along with a plethora of major race winners including Kiani Allen, Abby Chapman, Amy Pedder and Bec Kovacic.
The men’s 120m gift will see a raft of past Tasmanian sprint champions lining up, including John Howe, Ross Lovell, Jagga Pybus, Jarred Gilroy, Ryan Cooper and Luke Whitney.
Campania schoolboy Cedric Ngotho will be one to watch. The beautifully balanced powerhouse won the Southern Inter High 100m Gift last week at the Domain Athletics Centre in 11.17 off scratch, after clocking 11.19 in his heat just 5min prior. Clearly backing up heats and finals won’t challenge the teenager.
Quarrell added the local businesses have been stoic in their support, providing local produce for event winners in addition to prizemoney, with visitors to the Coal Valley area set to be welcome on Sunday.
“It’s the first carnival for the start of the summer, so getting people from all over the state is really good. Our next major carnival to organise down South will be the Hobart Bikes and Spikes, on our new date of December 27. It’ll be our 40thedition and we’ll capitalize on all the interstate runners and riders coming, which could make it our biggest ever,” Quarrell added.
The Sports Carnival Association of Tasmania will be supporting the following carnivals this summer;
29 November - Richmond (Running)
5 December - DAC/MVCC (Running/Cycling)
13 December - PCCCT/CBCC (Running/Cycling)
19 December - Rosebery (Running/Cycling/Woodchopping)
27 December - Hobart (Running/Cycling)
28 December - Launceston (Cycling)
29 December - Penguin (Running)
30 December - Georgetown (Cycling)
31 December - Burnie (Running/Cycling/Woodchopping)
10 January - TAL (Penguin) (Running)
24 January - DAC/MVCC (Running/Cycling)
31 January - OVA (Hobart) (Running)