THE fastest male field in recent memory is set to take on the Great Volcanic Mountain Challenge on Sunday, but Goldseekers Orienteering Club publicity officer Russell Tym is just as, if not more, excited about the females.
The 2014 race is a NSW Mountain Running Championships event which has led to entries from all over the state, including over 200 female entries.
Tym said spectators can expect to see some of the best female mountain runners tackling the 11-kilometre Mt Towac track.
“Christine Wolfson is running again. She won the women’s section in 2012,” he said.
“Jo Brischetto from the Blue Mountains is another one to watch.
“It looks like a good, quick female field this year, there’s some very good runners competing.
“The men will be very quick, too.”
Tym added he wouldn’t be surprised if the track record was broken for a second consecutive year.
Dural’s Robin Whiteley broke the record in the process of winning the race in 2011, finishing the 11km course in 50 minutes and 36 seconds, while in 2013, Sydney-based runner Matthew Cox eclipsed Whiteley’s record - clocking 47:40.
“With Cox familiar with the course now, I think it might get broken again,” Tym said.
“It’s a good field, we’re expecting a fascinating race.”
The 2014 Great Volcanic Mountain Challenge has received record entries, with over 560 athletes expected to tackle the challenge, which starts at the Pinnacle picnic ground and takes runners over the peaks of Mt Towac and Young Man Canobolas before finishing on the summit of Mt Canobolas.
Entries will be taken on the day between 7.30 and 8.30am at the assembly area, before a massed start at 9am.
For more information visit www.greatvolcanic.org.