Unknowns could Challenge in Masters Mile

Alice Springs couple Emma Kraft and Brad White are in good form leading in to this evening’s Masters Mile with both clear favourites for the event.

Kraft won the 5km cross country on Tuesday while White won the 800m by two laps and also clocked a good time in the 3000m.

Kraft is breaking her training schedule for the Melbourne Marathon by running the ‘short’ distance event.

While Kraft has said she is only doing it for the fun of the mile, she only knows one way to run once the gun goes off at the start – to win.

The duo will have the advantage of being local residents so should not be too hindered by the 25C forecast for the race this evening.

The Masters Mile is traditionally a popular spectator event with people lining the street from the start at Strehlow Street to the mass crowd at the finish near the Games Centre on Todd Street.

They cheer everyone on – from the front runners to those aged 80-plus further down the field.

John Bell holds the record for winning the most outright Masters Mile events with three.

Athletics coordinator John Bermingham said, as of yesterday, there were 189 participants entered in both the women’s and men’s events.

He said while Kraft and White will start as favourites, there are runners in the field who could push them – especially as entry isn’t restricted to athletics participants.

“There are also good runners in other sports. We don’t know about their form or ability,” Bermingham said.

There will be many crowd favourites returning this year including hearing impaired runner Cristine Suffolk.

Entry is open until 5pm today.

Games participants in other sports who want to compete in the event can enter at the Games Centre by paying a $5 fee.

The women’s race starts at 6pm. The men are due to start 30 minutes later.

If you want to watch the action, make sure you get to the finish line in front of the Town Council lawns early to secure a good vantage point.