Fraser, van Raaphorst chase another Dunnstown title

READY: Nic van Raaphorst and Tash Fraser warm up for Sunday's run with St Brendan’s Primary School pupils Amy and Tash.
READY: Nic van Raaphorst and Tash Fraser warm up for Sunday's run with St Brendan’s Primary School pupils Amy and Tash.

Four-time winner Tash Fraser and course record holder Nic van Raaphorst are going to take some running down again in the Dunnstown Mountain of Fun Run on Sunday.

For Fraser, the 12.5km event is part of her preparation for an attempt on the world 50km treadmill record in July.

“I’ve taken on more responsibility for my training this year.

“I’ve become an accredited Athletics Victoria running coach,” the 29-year-old said.

And with this she has also taken up the challenge of nurturing other runners as well as looking after her own preparation.

She has cut back her usual training workload of 134km down to 115km as she gets ready to take on the Mt Warrenheip course.

van Raaphorst, who set the course record two years ago, says he is in tremendous shape for the St Brendan’s Primary School fundraiser, which goes through Dunnstown before diverting up Mt Warrenheip.

His using it as a lead-up to a series of events.

These begin with Melbourne’s Run 4 Kids, half-marathons at Geelong and Great Ocean Road before the end of May, and ultimately a third attempt at the Gold Coast Marathon in July, when he will attempt to beat his personal best time of two hours, 26 minutes,58 seconds.

Sunday’s fun run also offers a family-friendly 6km course. Entries will still be taken at the start line on Sunday, with the 12.5km starting at 8.15am and 6km at 8.30am.