Have festivities really started?

This week is usually all about national sporting events...the Boxing Day Test and Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race.

Today, media tends to focus on the build-up to this.

On the Ballarat front, our runners are hard at work.

The next big Victorian Athletic League event is in Maryborough on New Year's Day and our runners are deep in preparations, packing in training before Christmas Day.

Peter O'Dwyer's stable is already in its beach boot camp with 2012 Stawell Gift winner Matt Wiltshire taking to social media to detail his hard work...

The bulk of our sports are on a festive hiatus.

Ballarat Cricket Association polished off its pre-Christmas rounds on Saturday - and the BCA club firsts ladder remains really tight - Ballarat lawn bowlers have rolled away their mats and formal golf and tennis competition has eased off.

A Welsh club team Neath will hit the field for a friendly against Mt Clear today.

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