Luke Baker has had his first win with the club in the Rice Concongella Vineyard 6.5 kilometre Championship. Baker said that that, “I have been running for a bit over two years after a friend challenged me to get involved in the sport. I was nervous in my first run with the club, but the encouragement and support its members made me want to keep competing”.
Baker credits the clubs handicap system for competitiveness: “The handicap nature of events is really motivating for slower runners and it’s great to see my times improving. My family finds it a great activity and some mature runners in the club are particularly good role models for our two boys and the other kids to participate”.
Luke Baker’s time was 34:50, 58 seconds ahead of Bob Freeland (42:18) and 1:15 ahead of Simon Edge (31:25). Baker said that he tends to go out hard in the beginning, sometimes too hard, but in this race it has paid off.
Baker has shown gradual improvement. Two earlier races saw him in 15th and 14th place, but then he placed 4th and two second placings. With such improvement to date bodes well for rest of the season for Baker.
The Championship points went to Bal Sukhpreet in a time of 27.00, 20 seconds in front of Col Barnett.
In the Sub Junior one kilometre event, Blayze Kenny was the winner on handicap in a time of 6.27, in second place was Kayla Membrey in 4.46 and third Chloe Hunter in 6.05.
Next race will be the Toyota eight kilometre handicap, Saturday 30th June. Meet at the clubrooms.