As the season heads towards its pointy end, runners are preparing for race 23 – 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.

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.

Nigel Baptist has shown good form all year, constantly making an entry into “the ten”. Now in his third year with the club, he looks well due for a win and it could certainly come here.

Two weeks ago, in a race similar in distance and terrain, he was fifth, not far from the winner and was eighth the week before at Gunns Plains.

Other competitors whose recent form gives them top chances include Joshua Febey, Dallas van Rooyen and Nigel Lacey.

If there was a surprise it could come from Rhian Miles who is showing great promise in her first season with the Club.

Entries close at 6:00pm on Friday with the race beginning at 9:30. New runners are always welcome but must register for membership first. Both registration and entries can be done at

There will be a nominated time event at 9:00.


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