Anna McMurtrie enjoys a warm-down run yesterday with David Houghton and Jade the dog.
Anna McMurtrie enjoys a warm-down run yesterday with David Houghton and Jade the dog. Allan Reinikka

Olympic hopeful has winning debut

ROCKHAMPTON'S Anna McMurtrie was entitled to put her feet up yesterday.

They'd carried her the 21km around the Rocky River Run's half-marathon course in a winning time on Sunday.

Anna was the first woman to cross the line in just over 1 hour 23 minutes.

It wasn't a bad effort for her first attempt at the distance.

Instead of putting her feet up though, she went for a light jog.

Anna, 26, is a talented middle-distance runner who competes at a high level.

Earlier this year she fell in a heat of the 1500m Australian titles and missed out on qualifying for the final.

She was aiming for a top-five finish.

While acknowledging it as a long shot, she said next year's Olympics was in the back of her mind.

Anna, whose coach lives in Brisbane, said she now enjoyed living and training in Rockhampton, the city she came back to in 2009.

And she sees bigger and better things for the Rocky River Run.

“They are getting pretty professional with the running of the Rocky River Run,” Anna said from her home yesterday.

“If they can get some more people involved they could start attracting more quality athletes which would be great.”

The Morning Bulletin incorrectly reported yesterday Alice Tucker had won the women's half- marathon on Sunday.

Alice finished second.

The paper apologises for this inaccuracy.



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