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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Burnie's David McRae hoping to impress at Stawell Gift

Burnie's David McRae hoping to impress at Stawell Gift

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Burnie's David McRae hoping to impress at Stawell Gift

The Advocate
March 21, 2016

HAVING overcome injury, Burnie’s David McRae is hopeful he can impress in one of the country’s most historic running events this weekend.

McRae has recovered from a torn hamstring in 2015 and is set to test himself in Australia’s richest footrace, the 2016 Stawell Gift.

As well as the big race, the Coastal sprinter has also entered the handicap 200m and back markers handicap 400m.

McRae said his chances were a bit unknown at this stage as he wasn’t sure exactly where he was at.

“I was injured last year but still went over to Stawell for a look so this year being fit I’m looking forward to actually running there,” McRae said.

“I haven’t raced in over a month so I’m not too sure where I am but training is going well so if I make a final for an event that would be great.”

McRae said the Stawell Gift was the most professional running event in the country and he was excited to be able to compete.

“It is the biggest running carnival in Australia by a fair distance,” he said.

“The history is why people continue to compete there year after year.

“Pretty much everyone in Australia has heard of the Stawell Gift and everyone who competes in professional running wants a Stawell sash the most. McRae will line up against sprinting star Jack Hale and said he expected a number of Tasmanian runners to do well.

“There are a few people with a chance from Tassie, Daniel Reeves is always up there in the longer distances,” he said.

“Jack Howe is in great form as well and of course Jack Hale is running very well at the moment so there are a number of chances.”

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