Princes Park Relays Preview

Tomorrow is the final round of the XCR’17 season! And what better way to finish than with an epic relay battle out at Princes Park…

As is stands in the Men’s Premier Division, Knox and APS United are facing relegation, with Western Athletics, Box Hill 2 and Frankston all looking to make the jump from Division 2 next year. Someone who knows the importance of getting a team into Premier Division, is Michael Masseni (Western Athletics), who has decided to pass up on the Mitchell Street Mile to ensure his team has the best chance of elevating themselves for next year. Inspirational stuff!

In the Women’s Premier Division it’s currently Box Hill, Ballarat Region and Geelong Region who are facing relegation. However, Melbourne University are only clear of the danger zone by one point, which makes for an exciting battle between the bottom four. Old Xaverians, Athletics Essendon and Malvern Harriers are all in the hunt for a promotion into the top Division.

Click here for the full ladder standings.

One of the most popular locations for elite sports clubs to complete their time trials, the XCR’17 season culminates at a new location, Princes Park. A very flat and fast course, athletes will complete one lap of the 3.2km course each in the hope of bringing the XCR’17 premiership back to their club. There is plenty of room for clubs to set up their tents and we would love to see all clubs embrace the new location for 2017.

Now for a weather report from Dr Nicholas Earl (Senior MUAC Forecaster):

“Rain overnight will be clearing away by morning leaving Princes Park mainly dry but with a high chance of light showers during racing. Moderate SSW wind will mean a tough start and finish to the lap, but easier up the far side. Cool with temperatures around 9 degrees. Gravel path will be damp underfoot, so could get messy.”

Please note: There is no pegging allowed! If you’re planning on setting up a marquee, weights must be used.

Look forward to seeing everyone as it’s going to be a fantastic end to what has been an awesome year of cross-country running!