Its time for the UKs 2006 Marathon National Champ to be crowned and on Sunday in Newnham Park, Plymouth. Nick Craig (Scott UK) will be hoping to retain the jersey he earned in the country's inaugural marathon championships and after blitzing the National Marathon Series so far, is the hot favorite to take top spot once more. Rob Seymour (Endura/Voodoo/Singletrack) has been Craigs closest rival in series competition so far in 2006. Other riders in the mix include John Veness (Kona) and Will Bjergfelt (Kona).
The marathon championships isn't the only race happening over the (Aug 5-6) weekend. There is round four of the National Points XC on Saturday and with no Oli Beckingsale you could be forgiven for thinking that there is no favourite. Liam Killeen has changed all that though, announcing that he will be showing for his first NPS of 2006 after that astonishing Gold medal winning performance in March at the Commonwealth Games among.