Coburg 2008 – Quality and quantity
Coburg Harriers and Race Director, Tim Erickson should be quietly pleased with the first rate field that has entered for the Victorian 24hr Track Championship at Harold Stephens Track this weekend. Two words come to mind when looking at the field. Quality and Quantity! There are 49 athletes entered in the 12h and 24h run and walk events which are scheduled for the weekend.
The 24h run is going to be the blue riband event of the weekend. There are four athletes who have previously run over 200km in the 24h period and another four runners that have the potential to run over 200km this weekend. Tim Cochrane, Mick Francis, David Eadie and Robert Boyce have all run over 200km before and will battle it out for top honours. The four athletes waiting in the wings and the potential to challenge them are Kelvin Marshall, Danny Hooley, John Pearson and Arun Bhardwaij from India.
Scott Orchard and Danny Sutherland have also got two sub 10h performances for 100km and should help to set the pace in the early stages of the event. Runners in this event will be hoping to do their best and get picked for the Australian 24h team. Some of the runners are also hoping to qualify for the Colac 6 day race being held in November this year.
The 12 h run will be an interesting affair which will be closely fought between Max Carson, Trevor Marsh and David Brelsford. One of the interesting athletes entered in the event is Nick Gleeson. He is a blind runner with numerous marathons under his belt. He will be running in Lane 3 with his handler.
The 24h walk is also looking at being a top class affair with seven walkers more than capable of beating the 100 mile Centurion aim. A Centurion is anyone that can walk 100 miles in 24h and this event is the official Australian Centurions Event for 2008. It is also the Australian 100km Racewalking championship as well. There are four previous Centurions in the event and they Are Pat Fisher, Andrew Ludwig, Terry O Neil and his wife Karyn O Neil. Colin Brooks, Louis Commins and Steve Jordan are all capable of beating the 100 miles as well. The webmaster, Phil Essam, will also be making his return to 24h walking this weekend and will be happy to complete 100km in his first event for a few years!
So if you would like to see some top class running and walking action this weekend, head out to the Harold Stephens Athletic Track at Coburg from 10am on Saturday. The event will finish Sunday at 10am. Hope to see you all there.
There are no promises from the Webmaster, but I shall try and have an occasional update on this post during the event.