Smith-0108-bWe may be heading into winter, but it’s about to get very hot indeed in the South Island this weekend.

Mokau’s Adrian Smith believes he on track to retain his national cross-country championships crown this season after winning the second round of four in the series near Huntly last month, but he can take nothing for granted as the competition heads deep into the home territory of his closest rival, Maruia’s Ethan Bruce, for round three on Sunday.

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