|Dr Brian McIntosh||09:22|
Since the race is packed with dangerously fast sounding names from all over the world we must not forget those dark horses:
Dark Horse 1: - 7:25
Dark Horse 2: - 7:40
Dark Horse 2: - 8:29
Well, since the race is in two weeks where do those results come from?
Firstly where is record holder Jez Bragg? I do not know but he is not on the starters list. Therefore he will probably not win the race. If he was on the starters list he would win it though.
My number one race favorite is Marcus Scotney. He might even match Scott Bradleys performance from 2009. He is very strong on that distance and a good hill runner. Craig Stewart won last years "Devil" in a very fast time and the Fling will be a logical step up for him. Japan's Hiroki Ishikawa has sponsors and loads of ultra experience and will not have any issues with the distance or terrain. But he cannot win this race. For Richie Cunningham this race might be too short. Who knows. Under normal circumstances record holder Lucy Colquhoun would win the ladies race by a few miles. Marco Consani seems to be in better form than ever and will be with the front runners even if he takes the Fling as a "training run". The crazy German is hoping for another PB and hopes to stay ahead of his old rival Kenny Valentine who just finished 3rd in the D33. Debbie Martin-Consani (long for "Debs")is in very good shape. West Highland Way race winner Sharon Law has not been able to focus on her training as much as she would have probably liked. But she is still someone to watch. Can John Kynaston stay ahead of Sharon as he did in the WHW Race? But there is also Brian McIntosh who had a strong season so far. He is looking for a 9:30 finish. Will he be ahead of John?
We will find out...