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Motram running the two mile at Stawell

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1 Motram running the two mile at Stawell on Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:28 pm



Mottram bound for Stawell

By Tim McGrath
Thursday, 31 March 2011

Former world championship bronze medallist Craig Mottram is set to contest the Town Hall Hotel Grampian Handicap over 3200m at this year’s Stawell Gift.

The announcement of Mottram further boosts the line-up of distance talent at the event following the announcement of a quartet of Kenyan athletes a fortnight ago.

For Mottram, 30, the eight laps on the grass of Stawell’s iconic Central Park will provide a perfect transition to international 5000m racing after contesting the 1500m at the Australian championships the week before.

“It will be difficult, very difficult,” said Mottram, who holds the Australian two mile record with a performance of 8:03.50, the third fastest time in history over the distance behind legends Daniel Komen and Haile Gebrselassie.

“Running eight laps is one thing, but running eight laps past 50 people on the way in lanes three and four is another. “However it’s a good opportunity to just go and run hard. I don’t know what marks everyone will get but I’m sure that it will be difficult to run them all down.

“I’ll just try and run even, pick a time that I think I can run and if I can run quick enough then I’ll catch a few."

Mottram is on a sharp improvement curve after running 13:25.15 to place sixth over 5000m at the Melbourne Track Classic, and then ran a strong race at the world cross country championships to place 21st.

“My confidence is building,” continued Mottram. “It’s been a long road to get back and everything is going really well.

“Obviously I’ve missed a lot of racing over the last couple of years and I’m looking for all the opportunities I can get. I want to race in Australia and support the sport in Australia.

“Stawell will be good preparation for me. On grass it’s a low risk way of running a hard eight laps. Straight after Stawell I’ll head over to America to run 5km, so it will be a good preparation for that, and then on to Europe.”

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