Laura in running for the double
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THE colour, pomp and ceremony is always a highlight of the Macksville Gift but this year most local eyes will be centred on a gifted young local runner who isn't even racing in the main event.
Nambucca Heads sprinter Laura Duncan is hoping to complete a rare double this afternoon by firstly defending her title as last year's winner of the Ladies Sprint and then also grabbing the crown in the Cath Miles Memorial 70m sprint.
After grabbing gold recently at the NSW All-Schools championships, Duncan is in good enough form to grab the double but the handicapper might be having a large say in her chances.
The professionals in the Gift will be vying for the $4000 winner's cheque at Allan Gillett Oval in an event that is full of tradition, considering that the race is the second oldest foot race in the country and the oldest in New South Wales.
A packed schedule is promised this afternoon as, apart from the three feature events, highlights include the 300 metere handicap and the Novice/Veterans sprint raced over 120 metres.