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Update from the Distance Handicapper - 1/4/2015

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Hello Distance Runners,

After 24 meetings, now only Stawell awaits us. With eight distance events on the program, and over 350 entries across the different distances and categories, we are set for an exciting finish to the year.

March saw only three meetings and the staging of eight distance events, but the events were keenly contested, and all winners had to work hard for their sash. Out of the seven winners, only three had not previously won a race this season, giving a total of 39 individual winners from the 58 distance events completed so far. Of the multiple winners, the two most successful athletes have been James Alexander and Natalya Hall-Dekleva with four wins each.


Bendigo produced several fine performances, with the pick being local runner Jacob Nolan who scored an impressive win in the FMs mile. It was his first win for the season, so well done Jacob. Also congratulations to Alex Bacalja, who collected his 3rd sash in the space of three weeks, when he took out the BMs mile in the quickest time of the season so far: 4:04.58 off the 90m mark.

March also saw Daniel Veith collect his 3rd sash for the season when he won the 1600m event at Euora, and Natalya Hall-Dekleva winning her 4th sash in the 800m Women’s event at Ringwood.

Even though it was the last meeting before Stawell, Ringwood also produced two “firsts”: Jessica O’Hara had her first win in VAL ranks when she took out the 1600m VCCL event, and Adam Parker notched up his first win in open company in the 1600m event. Jessica and Adam are both trained by John Knott, so it was a big day for the stable.

Not Acceptable Performances (NAP)

Whilst there were several time based NAPs recorded, it was pleasing to note there were no performance based NAPs issued in distance events during March.

Going forward

The distance marks for Stawell have been declared, and all queries answered, all that remains for me to do is wish everyone good luck for the weekend.

Don’t leave Stawell thinking what might have been, give it all you’ve got!

Neale Gunning

VAL Distance Handicapper 2014/15