Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Quality Field Saddling Up for Rich Gift Spoils; Yarham Favourite for Back-to-Back Crowns

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Quality Field Saddling Up for Rich Gift Spoils; Yarham Favourite for Back-to-Back Crowns

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IF PICKING the winner of the annual $5000 Ipswich One Mile Gift open race was tough in the past, try selecting this year's victor.

That was the only confident prediction of Queensland Athletics League secretary Steve Minns on the eve of the hotly-contested handicap race.

Last year's winner Co Ipswich's international cross country runner Glen Yarham Co is again a favourite, along with his training partner Patrick Tierman.

Yarham is returning from Poland where he finished 15th at the World University Cross Country Championships.

Tierman recently won a 1500m bronze medal at the Queensland championships.

Both runners Co trained by Australian Hall of Fame coach Pat Clohessy Co will start from the back of the field on the Ipswich Turf Club sand track as they chase the $3000 first prize.

C[pounds sterling]They're only five metres apart, so I'm sure they're going to pretty much work together to get through the field,C[yen] Minns said.

However, while tipping the duo to feature prominently, Minns rated tomorrow's 18-strong field the best since the first foot race was run in 2006.

C[pounds sterling]From the backmarker to the frontmarker, there's a lot that are in that really good range,C[yen] Minns said.

C[pounds sterling]Previously, we've had a lot of more fun run-type runners at the front. This time, we seem to have a lot more seasoned state and national runners.C[yen]

Minns is excited to see state 800m and 1500m bronze medallist Kate Van Homrigh entered.

C[pounds sterling]She could be our first female winner,C[yen] Minns said.

Ipswich and District Athletic Club competitors Connor McNamara, Connor O'Leary and Doug Amiss are testing their progress in the race, which bookies field bets on tomorrow.

Last year's third placegetter Andrew Barralet has returned for the sixth time.

Gold Coast-based Luke Eastwell is a rising runner to watch, having impressed at Australian under-20 level.

Minns said recent wet weather should ensure quicker times. …

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