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Sydney10 attracts world cross country stars

Sydney10 attracts world cross country stars

Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Sunday, 28 April 2019/Categories: News

28 April 2019


Sydney10 attracts world cross country stars


With just six days until the Sydney10 on Saturday May 4 at Sydney Olympic Park, a strong group of elite athletes have already confirmed for the 2019 race. The event is part of Athletics NSW’s Waratah Run Series and the race incorporates the 89th NSW 10km Road Championship, first held in 1927.

But whether you are a first-time competitors or experienced runner, you can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the elite on the start line and finish on the blue track at the Sydney Athletics Centre.


Two of Australia’s stars at the recent world cross country championships in Denmark, head the women’s field. Canberra-based pair, Emily Brichacek (SYU) and Leanne Pompeani (ACT) were members of the women’s team which placed an outstanding fifth – the highest place by any Australian team at the global meet for 10 years. Individually Brichacek was an outstanding 35th and Pompeani just 18 seconds behind in 45th place. In that type of form, both should make it a quick and exciting race.

Adding to the depth in the women’s race will be 2018 NSW Distance Runner of the Year, Noni Cooper (SUT) and 2012 race winner, Belinda Martin (ILL). RunWest gold medallist, American Katie Conlon will also be on the start line.


In the men’s, defending champion and Australian 10,000m record holder Ben St Lawrence (Run Crew) will start favourite, just ahead of Ed Goddard (UTN) who was close on his heels last year. Both St Lawrence and Goddard dipped under 30 minutes last year as a record equalling four broke the barrier. The major danger is James Nipperess (SYU) who has run sub-29 minutes on the track and clocked his 10km road PB of 29:37 last July. The dark horse is 20-year-old Kieren Tall (SSR) who is just coming off track 5000m and 10,000m PBs of 14:20.05 and 30:19.54. His road PB of 30:05 was set in last years race where he was in the mix for most of the race.


A rising star to watch is 18-year-old world cross country representative Jackson Sharp (Run Crew). Coached by St Lawrence and Gary Howard, Sharp won the under-20 World XC trial and placed a brilliant 36th in Aarhus last month.



Sydney10 Information



Event name: Sydney10

What: 10km/ Greater Bank 5km/Little Athletics NSW 2km road races

Competitors: elite, fun runners and all ages

Date: Saturday 4 May

Where: Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre, Dawn Fraser Ave.



5.45am    Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre opens and event bib collection commences

7.15am    Wheelchair race 10km

7.45am    Sydney:10 (incl NSW Road Championship (open & masters), NSW U20 male, Masters male & female.

9.05am    Greater Bank 5km Fun Run and NSW U20 female/U18/U16 Road Championship

9.45am    Little Athletics NSW 2km and NSW U14/U12 Road Championship

10.10am – Racerunner 350m “Lap of the track”



The race runs along the iconic Olympic Boulevard and finishes inside the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre.



On line entries close 9.00am Friday 3 May.

Beyond this, late entries will be received at:

Friday 3 May 2pm – 6pm at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre Forecourt

Saturday 4 May from 5:45am at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre

Entries and more information:



See above link for information on entry costs, timing system/bibs, water/toilet stops, baggage area, presentations, prizemoney and much more.



The race incorporates the state road championships for ages under-12 to open and masters. The first championship was held in 1927 and they have built a long and rich history won by many of NSW’s finest distance runners including: Eloise Wellings, Kerryn McCann, Liz Miller, Lara Tamsett, Jeff Hunt, Scott Westcott, Al Lawrence, John Farrington, Dave Power, Paul Arthur, Jamie Harrison, Andrew Lloyd and John Andrews.



Facebook: Athletics NSW

Twitter:  @runNSW_ and @NSWAthletics  

Websites: Athletics NSW  and Run NSW



Here is a fun look back at the fastest times in the Sydney10


All Time List – Men Sydney10 (Homebush venue)

(NSW 10km Road Champs)

29:22           Liam Adams                                      VIC                      2015

29:23           Jake Birthwistle                                TAS                      2015

29:31           Martin Dent                                      ACT                     2011      

29:34           Harry Summers                                RBH                     2014

29:36                Summers                                                                   2013

29:36           Duer Yoa                                           VIC                      2014

29:40           Tom Do Canto                                  HIL                       2014

29:42           Stewart McSweyn                            TAS                      2015

29:44           Russell Dessaix-Chin                       SYU                     2008

29:46           Ben St Lawrence                              Run Crew           2018

29:47           Ben Moreau                                      RBH                     2014

29:49           Michael Roeger                                ACT                     2018

29:49           Cameron Page                                  MIN                     2013

29:50           Brad Croker                                       SYU                     2018

29:53                Croker                                                                        2015

29:54                Yoa                                                                             2016

29:54           Scott Westcott                                 MHA                    2009

29:55           Ed Goddard                                       UTN                    2018

29:57                Dessaix-Chin                                                             2010

29:59           Andrew Buchanan                           VIC                      2016

30:00        Jackson Elliott                            QLD                            2015


David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW

Image: Start of the 2018 race with Ben St Lawrence (black uniform), Ed Goddard (red) & James Nipperess (white, sun glasses) (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)


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