This Sunday will see the longest race of the season so far with the running of the Crowe Horwath eight kilometre handicap at Wynyard.
With the tough 17.6 King of the Mountains just two weeks away, members will be looking for a solid hit-out.
The course starts and finishes at the Wynyard Showgrounds, takes in the paths beside the Inglis River and a loop around Freestone Crescent and is a very scenic one.
Frontmarkers have been dominating in the shorter races but this distance and the slightly tougher conditions, which include a short, sharp hill, will give the in-form middle and backmarkers a chance for victory.
Kyle Groenewege is not able to run every week but if he starts here he could be the favourite. He was an eye-catching fourth in last Sunday’s backmarkers’ race and in his only other club race this year he also finished close to the winner with a seventh placing at Wivenhoe. He won’t have to improve much to break the tape for his first victory.
Grant McCormack will look the winner at some stage. He has been in great form and will win soon. It could well be on Sunday and would be well deserved.
Other runners who have been consistently close up and would not surprise are Shane Hanson, Aaron Robertson and Rebecca O’Garey.
Members 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. New runners are always welcome.
A nominated time event will be held at 9:05.