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Distance raced needs good energy (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

range

Here is my best explanation:

'distance' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'raced needs good energy' is the subsidiary indication.

'raced' becomes 'ran' (running is a kind of racing).

'needs' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'good' becomes 'g' (abbreviation).

'energy' becomes 'e' (symbol in physics e.g. in Einstein's famous e=mc2).

'ran'+'g'+'e'='range'

(Other definitions for range that I've seen before include "Compass, extent", "Open land for livestock in the US", "Extent; line of mountains", "Scope - cowboys' home", "Limit of effectiveness", "Limits - scope", "Area of variation", "Variety; wander", "Series, of mountains perhaps" and "Group of mountains".)

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