ROSE Davies has done the Fernleigh 15 before, alongside her dad and just for a bit of fun.
This year, the Merewether athlete will be all business.
The 19-year-old is shaping up for her first season in senior competition after finishing her time in juniors on a high last December.
Davies won the Ondieki under-20 3000 metres at the Zatopek:10 meeting in Melbourne, beating world junior championship finalist Amelia Mazza-Downie.
That came after she was third in the women's under 20s Australian cross country titles. She was also seventh in the national 5km championships in open company this year.
Davies is focused on the 1500m and 5000m events on the track and wants to return to Zatopek:10 for the open competition in top shape.
The Fernleigh 15 on October 20 will be part of her preparation.
"I'll probably head to Falls Creek in November for a big training block and then hopefully race the Zatopek 1500," Davies said.
"It's a good opportunity to run a quick time and whatever place comes with that, I guess I'll be happy. If I'm top three there I would be ecstatic.
"I think I'm just using [Fernleigh 15] as another stepping stone for other races."
Entries have opened for the eighth annual Fernleigh 15, which is set to attract more than 1200 runners. It is held on the 15km section of the Fernleigh Track from Adamstown to Belmont.
The race will be a new experience for Davies, who has competed seriously only as a far as 10km.
"Hopefully a few good girls come and we can push each other to run quick," she said.
Before that, Davies is hoping for another strong showing at the national cross country championships at Dapto.
"I'd love to come top five at cross country in two weeks, that would be my closest goal," said Davies, who will step up to the open women's class.
Davies trains every Saturday on the Kahibah to Whitebridge section of the Fernleigh Track with coach and Rio Olympic marathon runner Scott Westcott.
"The Fernleigh 15 has always been about getting the community active and this year we hope to attract more people to the start line," said Westcott, who is also the race organiser.
"Regardless of your age, fitness level or ability, this is a chance for everyone to get up early on a Sunday morning, be active and enjoy the experience.
"We are also looking to add more colour to this year's event by encouraging participants to dress up in Halloween theme. The runner or team of runners judged wearing the most creative costume will receive a Greater Bank account pre-loaded with $1000.
"For those that might find the full 15km a little daunting, the Fernleigh Relay - a five-leg relay where each runner completes 3km of the course - is a great way to experience this fun, community event while getting active."