Esperance runner wins Open Mile

Maccan's mile victory: Zoe Maccan being interviewed following her win in the Open Mile race at the Leonora Golden Gift. Photo: John Forbes.
Maccan's mile victory: Zoe Maccan being interviewed following her win in the Open Mile race at the Leonora Golden Gift. Photo: John Forbes.

A local runner has taken out the Open Mile race at the Leonora Golden Gift.

Seventeen-year-old South East Runner and Esperance local Zoe Maccan finished the race in five minutes and 40 seconds on Sunday, June 2.

The race consists of three laps around the town's main street.

The laps include a total of six sharp turns, which significantly slow down the times of competitors.

Maccan's training had been hampered by a recent injury and the pressure of school exams, but she was still able to defeat three adult-racers to take out the event.

The local runner was awarded $500 for winning the Open Mile.

Maccan was the only South East Runner at the Golden Gift and said she was proud to represent her club at the regional event.

The next running events on her schedule are the State Cross Country at the end of the month and the four-kilometre City to Surf.

This year was the 17th annual Leonora Golden Gift.

The event featured the iconic Elite Mile, which has the most prize money up for grabs of any race in Australia and sees some of the country's best runners compete.

Stewart McSweyn won the men's division in record time, while Commonwealth Games representative Georgia Griffith won the women's race.