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The 26th running of the Great Race is upon us this Saturday at Woods Park (official race form below)

first_imgThere will be nine teams racing in the Great Race Saturday. Last year’s race had 10. by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The 26th running of the Great Race in Wellington will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine at Woods Park.  There are nine teams entered this year. They have had as many as 12 and as few as seven, but organizer Jack Potucek said this is a good number. See the official 2016 race form here.Woods Park is the best place to see the race. Since it goes over a few miles and involves several types of races, it would not be possible to see it all. From Woods Park a person can see five or six events out of the total of 13. Sprinters and cross country runners touch on Woods Park, and then there is the canoe exchange, and the finish is there at Woods Park.The Dore Enchies and the Spinalators have dominated the race in recent years with one of those two teams winning nine of the last 10 years. Last year it was the Spinalators, headed up by John Anders. The Enchies won it the previous year. Spinalators won in 2013 and The Dore Enchies, formerly the Commodore Enchies, won three straight from 2010-2012.There are 13 events and eight involve running different distances, with a different person running each race. There is also a motocross, racing bike, horses and two stages of a canoe race. Halfway through the canoe race they have to change crews.Often a glitch in the exchange on one of the events, or something going wrong in one event cam make the difference.Last year the Dore Enchies were leading when the motorcycle broke down and had to be pushed to the end. They still managed to finish third. In 2013 there was a problem with the horse. The canoe crew exchange is also tricky, and has caused problems for teams in the past.Anders said his Spinalators crew members have practiced some on the canoe exchange.Spinalators won in 2015. The Enchies hope to get back the crown this year.“The canoe sections are probably some of hte most critical stages as far as doing things correctly,” Anders said.Anders said most of the same crew that won last year will return this year, except for a couple of runners.He is confident, but also realistic.“I think that most years we have a chance to win, but everything has to go just right for that to happen. There are usually several teams that have the right combination of racers to win. A little luck can go a long way in a race like this,” he said.Kip Etter said the Enchies are also pretty much the same team as last year. He believes runners may be the key this year, but a breakdown or a piece of bad luck on the way could also make or break a team.He added that the event is a great thing for Wellington.The Big Bucks team from Security State Bank has been close in recent years, and they have a little confidence that this could be their year. They were second last year and third in 2012 and 2013. They were also second in 2009.Team captain Danielle Bustraan said this year’s edition has several new runners, and most of them are from Wichita State.Bustraan has been organizing the Bank’s team for 13 years, and last year was the closest it has come to winning.“We are feeling confident. We have really great runners,” she said. “It has been awhile since we have been that close, we are hoping.”She said the hardest thing is to find horse and motorcycle riders for the event, but many of the same teams manage to find enough people each year.The race was started by Potucek in 1977 and was held for several years on the Fourth of July. In the 80s, organizers stopped holding the race. The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce talked them into restarting it in 2001, and it has been held at the current location since then.Last year, the Spinalators completed all 13 events in 44 minutes and 30 seconds, just less than two minutes ahead of SSB Bank.The Enchies hold the course record of 42 minutes and three seconds, which they set in 2012.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Jason blubaugh · 210 weeks ago We sure miss and love that race. I remember the last year janelle and I participated we had 3 or 4 of our horses it in lol. Good luck all. Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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E-agriculture will increase youth involvement – Sport Director

first_imgThe introduction of technological advancements in Guyana’s agricultural sector will result in increased involvement of youths in the field.These sentiments were shared by the Director of Sport, Christopher Jones during Guyana’s second Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) robotics exhibition, where he noted that this and other sectors would be left behind unless Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is introduced.Jones related that many from the younger generations have a stereotypical view that agriculture entailed long hours in the sun. However, many countries have sourced drones and other devices to perform the work of tools in a shorter amount of time. According to him, if Guyana can produce such facilities, youths will be more inclined to join the field.“IT is here to stay and unless we start to develop our kids at a tender age, businesses in Guyana will be left behind. When young people hear about agriculture, there’s this mental picture that comes to mind that you see someone with a fork and under the blazing hot sun, but when you show them the new technologies in agriculture in which you can simply use your smartphones to fly a drone over your field or to irrigate or fertilise the fields, it becomes interesting,” he said.“It could be applied here in Guyana, because, as you know, we have land that we can plant but it’s to get the young people back into the agricultural fields,” the Director added.During an encounter with students of Region One (Barima-Waini), questions were posed on when would IT hubs be established to support this initiative.Jones reiterated that while this would aid in the advancement in the sector, a 24-hour electrical supply was needed, but residents only receive nine hours of electricity on a daily basis. However, when the first solar farm is completed, the youths will be gifted with IT hubs.“IT hubs are needed with consistent electricity. Places like Mabaruma for example which currently enjoys nine hours of electricity, soon to come on stream is the solar farm that is there in Mabaruma. Once that comes on stream, it will add additional hours of electricity to folks in Mabaruma, and thereafter IT hubs can be established for those children,” Jones stated.last_img read more

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Van Gaal admits summer transfer market has been difficult for Man United

first_img1 New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits it has not been easy to buy players this summer – but claims the Red Devils are still working on a number of transfer deals.The Premier League side have signed Southampton’s Luke Shaw, Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera and Serbian youngster Vanja Milinkovic already this summer, but are believed to be in the market for as many as three more big-money signings.Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen and Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels are the club’s top targets, although signing the latter is proving hard because the German club have already lost one star this summer in Robert Lewandowski, who joined bitter rivals Bayern Munich.The Dutchman has admitted he wants to sign new defenders before the season starts, but he concedes landing his targets will prove hard.“Manchester United shall buy players when we can improve our selection,” the United manager said. “And that is a lot more difficult than you think.”Another priority for Van Gaal is cutting loose the players he deems surplus to requirements.Those who are surely in the most danger include Javier Hernandez, Nani, Shinji Kagawa, Marouane Fellaini and Anderson.Van Gaal will not enjoy telling his unwanted players they have no future at the club, but he will not shirk away from making the changes he feels are necessary either.“I won’t come with the axe – it’s not like that,” Van Gaal said.“We have to be honest. We have to give advice to the players now at this moment and not at the end of August. Then we can’t change anymore and they don’t have a choice.“Of course it’s difficult to say something after two weeks but I think you have to say something.”last_img read more