Runner's aim set on world
ROCKY River Run's defending 5km champion will use this Sunday's race as a preparation for the world titles in California later this month.
While hundreds will take part in the weekend's run for fun, Alan Stacey is gearing up for the World Masters title in Sacramento, US.
Alan has won the 5km race at each of the previous Rocky River Runs and he's looking to extend that winning streak.
And he's the perfect role model for the run's defending 10km champion, James Askin.
Alan is the athletics co-ordinator at The Rockhampton Grammar School, where James, a Year 12 student, is one of his pupils.
On Tuesday Alan, 48, said he was aiming for a time around the 17-minute mark this weekend.
“The run has been getting bigger and bigger each year,” said Alan, a former international competitor in the 800m and 1500m events.
After an impressive seventh placing in the World Masters 1500m final for 45- to 49-year-olds in Sydney in 2009, Alan is keen to again put in a good showing when he goes overseas.
“I'm two years older in my age group now, so I'll be up against some of the younger competitors over there,” Alan said.
“I'm hoping to get into the final 16 ... if I can get in the top three 48-year-olds I'd be delighted.”
Meanwhile the athlete he mentors, James, is expected to again be one of the top competitors in the 10km event even though he's just getting over an illness which has limited his recent training.
James is also preparing for next month's Queensland cross country championship.
This Sunday’s Rocky River Run is set to break the 500-entrant mark. On Tuesday an organiser said 490 competitors had entered. Go to Rocky Riverrun website for more information.