Cian­cio leads the pack

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THE NORTH FACE’S TRAIL RUN­NING se­ries con­cluded its third in­stall­ment on Au­gust 6 in Sil­van with more than 1,000 trail run­ners brav­ing chilly winds. Francesco Cian­cio, the over­all Vfuel Long Course Se­ries cham­pion in the 2016 edi­tion, has claimed line hon­ours over the long-course races in all three in­stall­ments so far and is look­ing odds-on to de­fend his ti­tle. Tim Pow­ell has mean­while gone well over the medium dis­tances, fin­ish­ing first at the sec­ond and third races. Be­hind Cian­cio came Mark Clark­son in sec­ond wit h Dou­glas Wil­son com­plet i ng the podium. The Vic­to­ria course fea­tured an up­dated course this year, as well as a 2.2-km kids’ run. The se­ries kicked off at Wester­folds Park, Tem­plestowe on June 18, fol­lowed by Smiths Gully on July 9 and will con­tinue on Septem­ber 10 at An­gle­sea on the Surf Coast, with a night race to fol­low on Oc­to­ber 6 at Kew’s Stud­ley Park. Each in­stall­ment in­cludes a short-course race that varies from 5-7km, a 10-15-km medium course and a 15-23-km long course race. Fol­low the se­ries at www.rap­i­das­

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