Races 5a and 5b: Devonport, Devonport Mazda Frontmarkers and Simons Design Centre Backmarkers 5km

The only split division races of the season occur this Sunday, with the running of the Devonport Mazda 5km Frontmarkers and Simons Design Centre Backmarkers 5km handicaps at the Mersey Bluff.

Each race is conducted over four laps of the Meercroft Park block. This provides great viewing for spectators and fast times for runners.

The frontmarkers’ race will be conducted first and the favourite looks to be Ron Chequer who has been in scintillating form, the best he has shown for some years. He was close to a win last week and prefers this shorter distance.

His main danger could be Susan Moodie who finished just behind him last week. On this circuit, Moodie will have him in her sights and could sail past in the last half lap.

Other strong chances would be Debbie Riley, Ann Horton and Ricky Brown.

The backmarkers’ race promises to be a very exciting one with many chances. Wayne Wiseman looks to be a likely contender for line honours, but he will need to be able to hold off Ben Brockman and Bryan Tuit.

Paul Birch, Scott Murphy and Brad Taylor have undeniable chances, while Isaac Troughton or Gerard Lowry could cause an upset.

Runners are reminded to wear both their timing chips and chest numbers and to register by 9:30 with a 10:00 start for the frontmarkers’ race.

A nominated time event will be held at 9:05.