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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Latrobe Carnival rejects 300m & sticks with 400m

Latrobe Carnival rejects 300m & sticks with 400m

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http://www.theadvocate.com.au/news/local/sport/athletics/400m-race-here-to-stay/2399671.aspx

400m race here to stay

BY MARTIN AGATYN
The Avocate
21 Dec, 2011


ORGANISERS of Tuesday's Latrobe Carnival have defended their decision not to conduct a 300m race for sprinters instead of a 400m event.

Hobart-based trainer Ray Quarrell, who is also one of the Tasmanian Athletic League trainers and runners' representatives, unsuccessfully approached organisers to change the distance to avoid winners being penalised ahead of the 400m Devonport Gift a few days later.

Quarrell suggested some runners would not enter the 400m at Latrobe to avoid the risk of incurring a handicap penalty ahead of Devonport.

The secretary of the Latrobe Bicycle Race Club, which stages the carnival, Dennis Chugg, said the main reason for not reducing the event to a 300m sprint was due to safety concerns expressed by some runners.

"The oval at Latrobe is a different shape to Devonport and Burnie and running a 300m event is simply not safe," Chugg said.

"In any case, it looks like there's plenty of support for a 400m at Latrobe.

"We have received 39 entries and will hold five heats, compared to last year's 28 entries and three heats."

Chugg indicated the entries represented an increase of 40% on last year.

"It would appear the club's decision to remain with the 400m was the right way to go," he said.

This year's Latrobe Carnival will also be held on December 27 instead of the traditional December 26 date and will move to a twilight timeslot - two moves which have seen an overall increase in numbers for running events.

Chugg indicated the 400m at Latrobe was unlikely to be replaced with a 300m event any time in the near future.

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