Road championship date pushed back to August

VICTORIA’S best distance runners will be given more time to work into form for this year’s Victorian 15-kilometre road championship in Ballarat.

Athletics Victoria has programmed the event around Lake Wendouree later than usual in the XCR’14 Series, pushing it back from May to August.

Ballarat was round three in the cross country and road season last year.

It was the first individual race, following the cross country and road relay championships.

Lake Wendouree will this year be round seven on August 16.

Ballarat Regional Athletic Centre will for a third season field a combined team in the series, with Eureka, Harriers, Wendouree and YCW club runners competing under BRAC banner.

Centre president Sarah Davis said she hoping to see Ballarat more competitive this year.

She said while the combined team worked exceptionally well in its first year in 2012, it had not carried the same momentum through last season.

Provisional open age gradings for Ballarat:

Men: premier, divisions 3 (dropping down from 2), 4, 6 (dropping down from 5)

Women: 1, 3

XCR’14 Series schedule:

Round 1: cross country relay championships at Jells Park on May 3

Round 2: cross country championships at Lardner Park on May 17

Round 3: 10-mile championships at Brimbank Park on May 31

Round 4: trials for national cross country championships plus state all-school cross country championships on June 21

Round 5: road relay championships at Sandown racecourse on July 12

Round 6: 10km at Albert Park on August 3

Round 7: 15km road championships at Lake Wendouree on August 16

Round 8: state half marathon championship at Burnley on September 7

Round 9: Tan relays on September 20

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