McLean, McKenzie and Topfer Big Six 6km at Burnie

As the excitement of the Gowans Toyota Wynyard to Burnie Feature race dies down, runners are preparing for Race 25 – the McLean, McKenzie and Topfer Big Six 6km handicap at Burnie.

The course is a circuit starting and finishing at the Howe Street Netball Centre and uses West Park Grove, the Bass Highway and Brickport Road. It requires runners to be proficient at steep gradients, both downhill and uphill and that together with the distance, suits middle-markers.

With only three races left in the season, runners without a win this year will be looking to make all the training payoff by taking out a victory in one of those races.

A runner who has had to work hard to get back to fitness after time off with illness is Patrick McMullen and after a good twelfth last week he could be the victor here. Each week recently he has been improving and a deserved win is close.

Ellen Elphinstone was runner-up last week and could be the best of the female runners, although Natasha Mapley is certainly coming good as the season closes and a win would not surprise. She was a strong sixth last week and the toughness of this event will suit her.

Other competitors whose recent form gives them chances include David Murton, Hayden Bishop, Ewen Troughton and Michelle D’Monte.

Entries close at 9:30 with the race beginning at 10:00.

There will be a nominated time event at 9:05.

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