Race 3: Don, Cradle Coast Sports and Events 7km

Race three of the season is the Cradle Coast Sports and Events 7 kilometre handicap at Don. The course, which starts at the Don Cricket Ground and uses paths in the area, is very popular with members.

After a very unlucky second two weeks ago, this looks like the perfect race for Sally Atkinson to break through for another win. The slightly longer distance is tailor-made for Atkinson, who is very fit having recently completed the full 101 kilometres of Gone Nuts.

She won’t have it all her own way, however, with a host of other runners looking to break the tape.

Veteran, Wayne Wiseman, runs very fast times for his age group and following a strong second last week will be keen to go one better. He knows the terrain well, as he trains in the area.

Among the other main chances are Thomas Wilson and Matthew Rolls, neither of whom ran last week, but performed well in race one.

Kelly Baxter was unable to break through last year, despite finishing close-up in many races, and could win without surprising. She was fifth last week and would not need to improve much.

If there was to be an upset, it could be provided by Russell Horton, who enjoys running off sealed surfaces.

Runners are reminded to wear both their timing chips and chest numbers and to register by 9:30

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

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