Preview Sylvester 5days with last WRE 2007
The Sylvester is a 5-days event (26-30/12/2007), organised in the north part of Belgium. Five clubs will organize one race each. The races are held on 5 different places. This year, this international competition celebrates the 20th edition and will include the last world ranking event in 2007.
The competition takes place on the map 'Hechtelse Duinen' with the scale: 1/7500. So you will be able to read the detailed altitude lines more easily. But in general we can expect some fast times on this flat area. To prove this we can check to the Belgian 3-days 2005 results on the same map with a winning time from Troels Nielsen: 5'16min/km.
If we take a look at the startlist, 32 women will start in the elite class during the WRE on day 5. In the mens class we found back 48 participators.
Nick Barrable of Great-Brittain is the most famous athlete in the mens class . He became 21th during the WOC sprintrace in Switserland in 2003 and he participated in PWT-races several times. This year he made a good performance during the WC in Sweden middle and long distance (Oringen). Other runners who will have a chance to win, are some members of the Belgian national team like Jan Gilot, Bart Delobel, Geert Simkens and Jeroen Hoekx.
In the womens class we expect the Belgian athletes to fight for the victory (the whole top-10 from the Bel-ranking will be present). Probably Aline Hermans, Greet Oeyen and Veerle Tulleneers will get very close. But maybe one of the juniors or a foreign runner can surprise (like Masha Semak).Remarkable that a lot of participators prefer to run only one or two days and not the total 5-days event. The last day we count 333 participators and on the 3th day only 266 runners. Probably one of the reasons for this difference is that the Belgian students have to prepare their exams during this period. And that some runners in the south of Belgium prefer their mega-stage in Rendeux.
Last year the lowest amount of participators was 298 on the 4th day and the highest 343 on the 4th day. But we have to take in account that some participators will still enter during the event, so we can expect a slight increasing in the number of participators.