Exactly in 2 weeks the GP Melis will take place in Heidehuizen. We are happy to announce that we now have over 50 entries, including a lot of top runners. The registration will close in one week, so if you still want to join this mass start event, don't hesitate. We are aiming for 75 people at the start line. We also can tell you that the competition is added as a belranking
Entries are still possible! hamok.be/massastart
To win this high level event, the runners will need good physical skills for sure. But runners will be more stressed in this one man relay because of having contact with their opponents during the whole race. Of course it's not all about following the other runners. The loops will split up all the favorites so they will need their orienteering skills too. Curious who will win this event? Below you can see the names of the favorites.
Top favorites in men class: (8/20 belranking)
We can also add Alexander Lubina to this list of favorites. He already performed strong in the mass start by night
(same concept) in 2009. On the map 'Heidehuizen' the Flemish night relay
took place in 2010. Here we already saw a strong performance from Yannick Michiels (winning the 1st leg ahead of Benjamin Anciaux and Jan Oeyen). This year he's even in better shape and the big favorite in 2 weeks.
There are still missing some other strong Flemish and Belgian runners on the start list, for example still no sign of any Van Der Kleij so far.
Women: (3/20 belranking)
In women class, Miek Fabre and Catherine hoofd are the best ranked runners on the start list and of course the favorites. At the moment still no sign of Oeyen, Geypen or Sallaerts.
Mass-start with immediately 3 different loops. After about 4.5km you come in the last part. The finish will be 1.5 km after that, so we'll have 6km in total.
There will be an arena with a speaker at the finish and the runners will pas there 2 times.