Stowport: MA and LJ Bates Plumbing 9km

The longest race of the season to date awaits runners this week when they head to Stowport for the MA and LJ Bates Plumbing 9km handicap.

A new course will be used this year due to the previous circuit having traffic risks at the start/finish.

The race will be conducted over an out and back course, starting at the Stowport Cricket Ground.

The outward leg will contain hills but the payoff will come with the mainly downhill run back from the turn.

Middle and back markers should be best suited and the extra toughness and distance from recent races could provide a surprise result.

One runner who has been in great form and will be well suited, and so wouldn’t surprise, is Thomas Murton who is likely to start from the very back mark and will have to pass every other starter. Murton certainly has the ability to do this and is in form with recent results including a second at Port Sorell and fourths at Devonport and Cooee.

The biggest dangers could well be his sister Anna and father, David, who have both been in great form. A Murton trifecta is not out of the question and would surely be a first for the club.

Others with strong chances include Dallas van Rooyen, Michael Purton and Caroline Brett

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

Nominated time events will be held at 9:05.

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