Bendigo athletes aim to continue winning run at Maryborough 

ATHLETES from across Bendigo will be aiming to continue their winning streak at the Maryborough Highland Gathering on New Year’s Day.

Those who kicked off 2012 with a victory at the Princes Park track included Maiden Gully’s Cody Williamson in the backmarkers 1600m, and Strathfieldsaye’s Lonain Burnett in the Sportz Biz novice 400m.

Both will chase more glory in Maryborough.

Williamson will be in red as he races off the backmark of 70m in the backmarkers 1600m.

His opponents in the 4.30pm race include Strathfieldsaye’s Michael Preece, 100m; Bendigo’s Adam Parker, 120; Junortoun’s Phil Noden, 145; Greg Hilson from White Hills, 195; and Eaglehawk’s Peter Noden  off 250m.

It will be Preece’s debut on the Victorian Athletics League circuit.

A year after a stunning victory in the novice 400m at Maryborough, Burnett will race in the open 400m.

The son of Junortoun-based Craig and Roz has a mark of 26m in a field that includes Bendigo’s Dujon Fuzzard, 28m; Junortoun’s David Morrissey, 30; and Eaglehawk’s Glenn Stephens, 35m.

The veterans-women’s 1600m field includes Phil and Peter Noden off 60 and 175m respectively, and Bendigo’s Peter Cowell, 180m, and Jessica O’Hara, 200m; and Strathfieldsaye’s Kerrieanne Hocking from 385m.

The lead-up for Hocking included victory in last Friday night’s 1000m heat in the Flack Advisory distance series at Bendigo’s Tom Flood Sports Centre.

Mitchell Hocking, son of Kerrieanne and Steve, will start off the 26m mark in the novice 400m.

Contenders for the open 70m include Fuzzard, 70m; and Stephens, a previous Bendigo Thousand 120m and Bendigo Bank Black Opal 400m winner, off 8.25m.

Fuzzard has a mark of 8.75m in the novice 120m.

 Stephens is on 23m in the open 200m, and will start from 14m in the veterans’ 300m.

Runners in the Sportz Biz novice 400m include Bendigo’s Dane Heiden, 20m; Fuzzard, 29m; Junortoun’s David Morrissey, 35m; and Kyle Hilson, son of Greg and Gina, racing from 80m.

A big field in the open 800m includes Williamson, 38m; Parker, 40; Mitchell Hocking, 50; Burnett, 58; Phil Noden, 68; Eaglehawk’s Jesse Noden, 78; Greg Hilson, 82; and Peter Noden from 118m.

Ticket prices for tomorrow’s carnival at Maryborough – $14 adults, $7 concession, $28 family (two adults, two children), $5 children 12-16 years, children under-12 free. 

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