Distance series up for grabs

Lonain Burnett

Lonain Burnett

Heat three of the Flack Advisory Distance Series will be raced over 1600m at the Tom Flood Sports Centre on Thursday night.

The large field makes it hard to find a favourite, but backmarkers Lonain Burnett and Luke Padgham, who ran equal fastest times in the 1000m heat, should be in the finish over the mile.

Jake Hilson is in good form, but is untried over this distance, while the consistent Adam Parker and youngsters Will McCaig, Ned Buckell, Isaac Everett, Riley Osborne and Jack Hickman look strong chances.

Thursday night’s race starts at 7.15pm.

Meanwhile, Glenhuntly’s Tarli Bird won the latest heat in the Tuesday Night Series run by Athletics Bendigo at the Flora Hill track.

A field of 17 contested the 3000m race at the Latrobe University Bendigo athletics complex in Flora Hill.

Bird dominated from the opening lap as she powered to victory in a time of nine minutes 54 seconds.

Runner-up was University’s Brian Watson, 10:41.04, ahead of Bendigo Harriers young gun Isaac Everett, 10:57.65.

A diverse range of age groups included athletes in their teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.

Results from Tuesday night’s ninth leg of the Athletics Bendigo series raced at LUBAC in Retreat Road:

Tarli Bird 30, Glenhuntly 9:54.16; Brian Watson 45, Bendigo University 10:41.04;  Isaac Everett 17, Bendigo Harriers 10:57.65; Russell Jenkins, University 11:01.70; Craig Green 49, University 11:24.73; Tony Vlaeminck 50, Bendigo Harriers 12:00.78; Anne Buckley 49, Bendigo Harriers 12:15.98; Eric Baker 54, Bendigo Harriers 12:19.98; Rick Ermel 55, Bendigo Harriers 12:25.81.

Melissa Douglas 41, University 12:28.41; Charles Chambers 62, University 12:29.17; Greg Mundy 37, Invitation 12:36.70; Yvette Tuohey 25, Bendigo Harriers 12:51.95; Alice Wilkinson 30, Bendigo Harriers 13:39.24; Ross Douglas 50, University 13:48.12; Hunter Gill 68, Bendigo Harriers 14:20.85; Frances Walsh 53, University 16:16.84.