Wynyard: The Findex (formerly Crowe Horwath) 8km

This Sunday members have the chance to run on a mostly new, scenic course at Wynyard with the staging of the Findex (formerly Crowe Horwath) eight km handicap.

The race will still start and finish at the Wynyard Showgrounds and will use tracks beside the Inglis River, so no road running will be needed.

Those who ran the tough Mountain Classic last Sunday will enjoy the flatter, shorter race.

One runner who will love the distance, and always does well on trail courses, is Aaron Robertson.

Robertson ran a solid “Classic” to finish in the top twenty, but in previous weeks had finished much closer to the front and provided he has pulled up well from that event will be a big chance. Two weeks ago he was fifth at Penguin and also impressed with his seventh the week before at Ridgley.

Terry Watson looked a likely winner for much of last week’s race before finishing fifth and is another who is close to a win. It could be here.

Josh Febey will appreciate this distance and has been in great form all season, while other possibilities are Kelly Baxter, Ewen Troughton and Tim Dowling. If it turns out to be a frontmarkers’ race then Ken Williams and Ros Hendriks could take the win.

Members are reminded to wear both their timing chips and chest numbers and to register by 9:30 with a 10:00 start. New runners are always welcome.

Nominated time events will be held at 9:05.

News from the committee meeting May 13th

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At the committee meeting last night (May 13th) some decisions were made that we would like to share with you.

First, there was strong support from members for the 5 km Fish Frenzy race on July 14 to be a massed start, sealed handicap event. This race doubles as the Club 5 km championship. The committee decided to make this race a sealed handicap for this year.

Second, Hayden Bishop had offered to set up a system to enable us to take on-line entries and registrations. He kindly attended and demonstrated how it would work. The committee agreed to trial the system for the Ironman Classic, run on July 7. Stay tuned for more information.

Finally, it was decided to allow nominated time runners who are 12, 13 or 14 years old, to run in Club 5 km and 6 km events as non-competitive entrants. They would be timed by hand timers (not chip) and of course not be eligible for prize money. The handicapper would place them on a mark which would mean they wouldn’t finish near the front of the race. Thus they couldn’t affect results nor break the tape. We expect only two or three of our nominated time members will be involved in this way.