THIS weekend’s St Pat’s Scenic Circuit Fun Run has taken on a new competitive edge.
The Koroit event is now in its second year and rivals-turned-teammates Alistair McCosh and Garry MacDonald are hijacking it to even a 12-month-old score.
The pair are joining forces to face off against new opponents Des Noonan and Maurice Molan in the three-kilometre walk event.
Mr McCosh and Mr MacDonald claim to have been training for the 2017 event, after injury and family illness hampered their efforts last year.
In the inaugural event, Mr MacDonald and Mr McCosh faced off against each other, and Mr MacDonald claims his loss was down to circumstances beyond his control.
They’ll no doubt be injured or something come race time – they’re a pair of prima donnas
“I had to stop during the race to help my son, who thought he was having an asthma attack,” he said.
“Turns out he was just a bit puffed out, but this gave McCosh a valuable lead.”
This year’s Circuit Fun Run will see a changing of the guard as tennis teammates Maurice Molan and Des Noonan enter the competition and shift alliances.
Koroit Irish Festival founders Mr Molan and Mr Noonan said their Supergrasse tennis opponents would struggle this year.
“You’ll be lucky if they even turn up,” Mr Molan joked of Mr McCosh and Mr MacDonald.
“They’ll no doubt be injured or something come race time – they’re a pair of prima donnas.”
Mr Molan said while Mr McCosh and Mr MacDonald might appear in supreme fitness, their recent form has been disappointing.
“Their tennis form has dropped off recently and I think this is why they’re taking on another sport,” he joked.
Deakin Warrnambool director Mr McCosh said he was unfazed by the negative comments. “Youth will win in the end,” he said.
Event organiser Adele MacDonald hopes Sunday’s event will attract record numbers.
“We are hoping to build on the 200-strong number of participants from last year and turn the Scenic Circuit Fun Run into a major attraction on the township’s yearly calendar,” she said.
The event starts at 9am Sunday at St Patrick’s Primary School. Registrations will be taken from 8am for the three-kilometre run or walk and six-kilometre run events.