Commonwealth Games long distances runners Madeline Hills and Victoria Mitchell head the seeds heading into this weekends Southern Cross University 10km Run.
The 10km run, which is part of the Gold Coast Marathon race weekend, will see Hills and Mitchell compete for the AUD $1,000 prize money.
Hills finished eighth in the 10,000m final at the Commonwealth Games in April before taking a break to recover and recharge her body.
“I took a decent holiday after the Commonwealth Games including a few weeks off running completely," she said.
“Usually this time of year I am competing overseas but, with no major championships now for the remainder of the year, I have the opportunity to do some fun runs and cross country races in Australia," Hills said.
Over the past couple of weeks, Hills has competed in races across Australia including a mile in Perth then the Victorian cross country championships.
"I’m not sure what (time) I can run on Saturday but I’ll probably plan to go hard in the first 5K and come home with what I have left," she said.
Hills toughest competition could be Australian teammate Mitchell as she looks to become just the second woman to have won multiple 10km Runs on the Gold Coast.
Less than two weeks prior to the Commonwealth Games, Mitchell was hospitalised for appendicitis and post-surgery infection but managed to pass a fitness test to line up at her third Games.
Only just saw this! Thanks Benny!! My mental game was on point - but the body didn’t follow 🤦🏻♀️�🏻♀️ #Repost @bennytherunner with @get_repost ・・・ I'm posting this in RESPECT to @vicmitchell1 . Victoria may have not run the race she liked, far from her best, but recently, she had one of the worst things an athlete could ever dread, a bout of appendicitis and landed in hospital having keyhole surgery a couple of weeks out from the Commonwealth Games. She had roughly a week to recover, prove to the selectors she had the fitness to get Into the games, arrives just a couple of days ago, rocks up and runs 10mins 12. That's an average of 3.24's per km over jumps and through water. The actual race had an incredible finish, but watching Vic give it her all was to me. More amazing. I was pissed off how the commentators were continuously talking about her at the back etc, but I am glad they mentioned Vic and the horrid lead up she's had. Well done Vic. You are a machine. Great chatting to you beforehand and seeing that passion and fire in your belly and the willingness to do what most of the population can't and won't. Represent your country and make your dreams and hard work come true. My hat is off to you madam. Absolutely incredible ..xoxo . Also. Not a bad screen shot hey.. #quickfingers. Haha
She finished ninth in the 3000m steeplechase.
The Southern Cross University 10km Run takes place on Saturday at 6:30am.