Top weather tipped for Glenorchy Race

The weather gods look set to smile on tomorrow’s Glenorchy Races.

A fine day, with temperatures expected to hit the mid-20s, is predicted for the 60th edition of the quirky race meeting at the township’s recreation ground.

The event, organised by the Lakeside Rugby Club, was cancelled last year for the first time in its history after heavy rain made the track unsafe.

Club secretary Brylee Percy said the "amazing" forecast was particularly good news for the many community groups that relied on the event as their major fundraiser each year.

She hoped between 2500 and 3000 people would turn up, but the Covid-19 factor made predictions harder.

While some might be avoiding large-scale events at the moment, "there’s a possibility we’ll get a big crowd because there’s not much else on at the moment".

With the traffic light system at orange, vaccine passes were required for entry, and all volunteers had to wear masks.

However, the biggest change was there would be no live music after the racing, as the club did not have enough volunteers to be checking vaccine passes from 9am until the evening.

"That’s a shame because it would’ve been a nice way to celebrate our 60th."

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