Golden Couple Take Honours
Central Australia’s most decorated running couple last night held off all challengers to take out the overall Masters Mile for men and women.
Middle distance running star Emma Kraft was first across the line in a time of 5:22:02. It was a double act in the men’s run half an hour later when her partner Brad White won in 4:56:04.
Kraft’s time of 5:22:02 was eight seconds outside the Games record of 5:14:45 set by fellow Central Australian Andrea Foot in 2012.
Kraft’s win comes after placing second behind Foot at last year’s Games. It also comes as she prepares to compete in Sunday’s Medibank Melbourne Marathon.
She said her intention last night was not to push herself too hard – but the 33-year-old led from the start.
“When I came to the final 300m and saw the clock and heard the crowd cheering me on, I thought why not go for it,” she said.
“At the 1km split my time was about what I did in the Mitchell Street Mile in Darwin recently, and I was the first Territorian finishing that one in 5:15.
“I didn’t plan to run the time – it just happened. Hopefully I won’t regret it on Sunday.”
White clocked 4:56:04 for the Mile to win from Ben Bruce, who had a heavy cycling program, and local runner Mitch Cameron.
Bruce and Cameron jumped out of the blocks to lead early but White passed them after about 150m and was not challenged for the rest of the race. Bruce finished 13 seconds behind him.
White said he was “solid” from the 150m mark.
“The conditions were perfect, the wind had died down and the temperature was nice so it was good for running.
“The Goulburn Galahs hockey side were out in full, supporting me, which also spurred me on.”
White said his split for the 800m was quicker than he ran in the 800m earlier in the Games and his Mile time was quicker than his 4:59 in the 1500m on the track.
He said his time was slower than 2014 because he was two years older and coming back from injury.
There was an interesting array of the usual and new runners in this year’s event. Big cheers went up for crowd favourite Gladys Gullock, the oldest runner in the event, who turns 88 today.
Darwin mum Nicole Hoey received a good reception as she pushed her baby the 1600m in a pram, winning silver in her age group and fourth overall.
Then there was Jared Ewin who ran in a Batman costume.
“I like to cause a bit of a riot when I run,” he explained.
“My son called me Batman a couple of months ago so I did it for him.”