Esperance junior runner trains for cross-country nationals

A young Esperance runner is training for the 2018 Australian Cross-Country Championships after smashing a record at the Goldfields Pipeline Marathon.

Sixteen-year-old Zoe Maccan won the 10 kilometre distance of the Goldfields Pipeline run in record time. 

“The last few kilometres I went as hard as I could,” she said. 

The national cross-country marathon will be held on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland on August 25.

Zoe qualified for the race by placing second in her age group in the state cross-country competition in June. At the time, Zoe did not expect to be competitive as she had not returned to training. 

Earlier in 2018 she won the state track 3000 metres and came second in the 1500m. 

Zoe credits her success to her training at Watt Lab which kept her fit during her training lay off and said they supported her through sponsorships, which helped her get to state and national competitions. 

Her coach David Eltringham has recently retired from coaching but continues to support her. 

Zoe is a member of the South East Runners, which is a social, non competitive club who have developed her love of running.