Jo Blake… He will win.
Nah… In all seriousness, as with Bogong to Hotham we have some quality runners partaking in this well established track event. We’re focusing away from the mountain men for this one and onto the flat liner specialists that view the road as their friend.
There are two events staged at Narrabeen, the first and most popular is the 12 hour run, along with a 100km event too.
Jo Blake is the obvious standout candidate for victory here, but we also have a couple of very strong interstate runners from both Mexico and North of the border too, as well as some more local NSW talent too to support Jo.
First off the blocks is the young gun himself, Zach BS… That stands for Braxton Smith, not BullSh*t :). This boy can run, and he can run fast. He pushed Mick Donges up at the Flinders 50km last year, and went out very hard at the Glasshouse 100 too, before blowing faster than a candle in the wind. Make no mistake Zac will push Jo hard for line honours here and he will be with him every step of the way.
The next cab off the rank is a former winner here and annual visitor to the heart of Australia from deep inside Mexican borders, the Maggotman himself. Mal is a very consistent runner over this type of distance/time and we expect him to be right up there too with Jo and Zach. A definite podium for sure we reckon.
Another illegal from deep inside Mexican borders is Rick Cooke. An Aussie rep over 24 hours, Rick will show the young guns just how to run a 12 hour track race and is likely to be doing battle with the Maggot for first Victorian across the finish line to claim those all important first AURA points of the year.
Looking more towards home, Darren McClellan flies the flag for NSW too, coming off the back of a barnstorming run at GNW. Who knows if that will still be in his legs somewhat, but Darren is a force to be reckoned with and someone who is likely to squeeze one of our Victorian friends off the podium and relegate them to the bench.
Finally, don’t discount ultra legend Paul Every either. Paul has been running himself back into form with good results at GOW and GNW late last year. If any of the top guys faulter, Paul will be there to pick up some carnage late on in the race.
In the 100km event, we have just three ladies. We’re going to give the nod to Dave Byrnes’ better half, Sharon. So our top three for the 12 hour?
- Jo Blake
- Darren McClelland
- Mal Gamble (and Zac a very close 4th)