The first of the season’s “blue ribbon” events occurs this Sunday with the running of the time-honoured High on Penguin King/Queen of the Mountains.
The course is a tough 16.5km from Burnie Park. It travels via West Park Grove, Mooreville and West Mooreville Roads to the finish at Ridgley. It is mostly uphill and members look forward to this event to test their fitness and resolve.
Being much longer than events so far this year means the winner may be someone who hasn’t yet come to the fore but who loves the longer distances. Among this group, Chris Talbot, Michael Bates and Paul Birch must be considered chances
Of those who have been displaying great form, Owen Thomas stands out. Thomas has recorded some great results, including a second in the 8km race two weeks ago. Although he is not yet proven over this longer distance, his training and races to date suggest he should have no trouble with it.
Ann Horton competes strongly each week and could easily break the tape here.Michael Purton has been putting in some big kilometres in training while Bryan Tuit can never be discounted in any race.
One thing is for sure – whoever crosses the line first will be a deserving winner.
The gun will fire at 9:30 with Dale Lancaster first runner away on a handicap of 4:25.
Runners are reminded to wear timing chips and chest numbers.
A nominated time event will be held at 9:05.