Heyne Lured by McSweyn Effect

December 3, 2021

Current UTAS Burnie 10 champion Isaac Heyne is making the trip from Adelaide for his carnivals debut.

Each generation we get a distance runner that athletes of all levels are in awe of.

Runners like Craig Mottram and Benita Willis have been drawcards not just for spectators, but for runners to come to the carnivals, so they can say they raced again such an international star.

That once in a generation star is now Stewart McSweyn and his impact on runners is profound.

Even current UTAS Burnie 10 champion Isaac Heyne wants to share the track with him, making the trip from Adelaide for his carnivals debut.

“It'll be great to go up against Stewy, I'm in the best shape I've ever been in but I'm going to need as much of a headstart as possible - I could have a 200m handicap and still be concerned he'll reel me in. I think the toughest part of the race will be trying not to ask him for a photo on the start line!” Heyne admitted.

The 21-year-old turned heads in June taking out the 10km at the Launceston Running Festival, before storming up Wilson Street on October 24 to beat Ryan Gregson and Jack Bruce in a sprint finish in the Burnie 10.  

“I'm excited to come down to Tassie to race for the third time this year! I've got a bit of a target on my back after going two from two in the road races so far, it'll be a nice challenge with a different race set up,” he said ahead of his TasCarnival debut.

Earlier this year he placed 9th in the fastest 1500m final ever, setting a lifetime best of 3:41.75.  Just last week he clocked an impressive 13:44.66 for 5000m.  Combined with his 10km Tasmanian road victories, he comes in a broad range, perhaps also inspired by McSweyn’s breadth of abilities.

“Everyone has me pinned down as a 1500m runner but I'm starting to feel more confident in the 5k and 10k races now with a bit of strength behind me. All credit to Adam Didyk there, hopefully that strength transfers back down to the shorter events.

In addition to established international and national athletes, is a host of upcoming athletes making their debut at the distance in the TasCarnivals series.  They include Jamie Lawrence, Callum Stevens, Gus Tomlinson Smith, Dylan Burnett and Haney Mokonen.

As for Heyne, who lived in Tasmania for a while as a teenager, he’s keen to make it three wins from three starts in Tasmania during a year that has presented sporadic racing opportunities for domestic athletes.  

“I'm excited to spend New Years in Burnie, it'll be a nice way to round out 2021. Tasmania has really turned it on when I've come down to race, I'm super excited to be coming down and running again,” he added.

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