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1 Mottram back for the Herb Hedemann on Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:28 am


Stawell Gift Media release
Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Mottram back racing at Australia Post Stawell Gift

2005 world championship bronze medallist Craig Mottram will make his return to racing at this weekend’s Australia Post Stawell Gift when he lines up in the University of Ballarat Herb Hedemann Invitation 1600m.

It will be the 32-year-old’s first competitive hit out since the London Olympic Games in August last year.

Mottram, who rolled over his legs in the 15km event at the Herald Sun / CityLink Run for the Kids on Sunday, is not heading to Stawell with more hope than expectation and will wait for the decision of the handicappers before placing any hopes on a victory.

“It just depends a little bit on the mark and how much ground I have to make up. This will be my first race back since running in London at the Olympics,” Mottram said.

“I am expecting to have a good time as everybody does up at Stawell and run hard for four and a bit minutes and see how we go.”

Mottram, who has competed in the last two Australia Post Stawell Gift carnivals in the 3200m event for a best result of third in 2011, has a fond connection with Australia’s most prestigious footrace.

“It’s a great opportunity, it’s a fantastic event to come and run on grass and the handicapping is a unique experience of racing where not many athletes on the global scale get to do,” Mottram said.

When I get the opportunity, I love coming back and I will continue to support it for as long as I am fit and able.”

Mottram who is expected to start off scratch when handicaps are announced in the coming days will be joined in the University of Ballarat Herb Hedemann Invitational by 2012 and 2010 winners Brady Threlfall and Brenton Rowe as well as Ballarat runner Nathan Hartigan.

University of Ballarat Herb Hedemann Invitational 1600m - ATHLETES

Lachlan Aspinall
Alex Bacalja
Daniel Clark
Kevin Craigie
Ben Crawford
Steve Dinneen
Tom Fawthorpe
Cameron Gatt
Douglas Hamerlok
Nathan Hartigan
Ashley Humphrey
Tyson Mahon
Michael Marantelli
Craig Mottram
Joshua Nolan
Tim Norton
Andrew Patten
Luke Percy
Michael Preece
Damian Robinson
Brenton Rowe
Harry Smithers
Brady Threlfall
Eddy Vining
Bradley White
Nicholas Wightman

The 2013 Australia Post Stawell Gift carnival will be held from Friday, 29 March and will conclude on Monday, 1 April.

The carnival kicks off with the Calcutta on Friday night and is followed by three days of thrilling racing, including the Driscoll McIllree and Dickinson Ladies Day and Family Day, all culminating in the 132nd running of the Australia Post Stawell Gift on Easter Monday.

The heats of the Australia Post Stawell Gift will be run from 1pm Easter Saturday, with the semi finals (12:40pm) and final (2:45pm) on Easter Monday.

Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell and
two-time Australia Post Stawell Gift winner Joshua Ross
will be available for interview, photo and footage opportunities
from 1pm TOMORROW at Grandstand Oval (in front of Rod Laver Arena).

Contact Taryn Kirby on (03) 9822 7110 or 0433 665 055 for more information.

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