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Tim – there won’t be a team under 4 hours this year – it’s only happened twice before in 70 odd years and both teams were stacked with international reps. Only 11 or 12 teams have broken 4h05m. The weather can play a significant part too. I imagine it will take sub 4h10m to win it – would be great to see two teams under that time as that hasn’t happened for a while. Also not many women’s teams have gone sub 5 but that may happen this year too. Get a copy of Message in a Flaxstalk (details on AthNZ webpage) for some great history of the event. A shame also that the M40 A are starting 60 minutes ahead of Senior Men A and B – if it were 30 minutes there could be some great battles on the last couple of laps

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