Stonnington 1600m - update from the Handicapper
Friday's Stonnington 1600 is one of the big distance races on the VAL calendar. This year we are looking at a strong field, headed by classy Geelong runner Brenton Rowe.
Brenton is no stranger to the VAL, and competes regularly when it fits in with his training and racing commitments. His most recent VAL run was back in November at Warrnambool. On that occasion he won the 3200m event from scratch, and, despite the windy conditions, recorded a quick time of 9:13.
Off the scratch mark again at Stonnington, Brenton will be finishing strongly, so watch for him late. He will face tough competition from in-form runners James Alexander, Michael Preece and Gordon Muir, who have all recorded recent wins over the 1600m distance. Out the front, female athletes Natalya Hall-Dekleva and Brigitte Seeley, will certainly give the backmarkers something to chase.
To accommodate Brenton's entry, the whole field for Friday has been lifted 25 metres (for handicaps up to 200) or 20 metres (for handicaps over 200).
These lifts have added an extra level of intrigue, as runners who have set themselves for the race, will go into Friday night with added confidence.
If any athlete has a query regarding their Stonnington 1600m mark, please contact me via the VAL.
See you on Friday.
VAL Distance Handicapper 2014/15