Charlie Charges to Victory

A small field of runners tackled the Lindsay Kent Memorial Sealed Handicap, and 8km championship race, held near the Stawell Airport.

In what is now an annual event, both Stawell Amateur Athletic Club and the Ararat and Stawell Cross Country Club combined races for the day, with all runners starting together. Both clubs award their own placings as normal, but the position of runners across the line determines a teams event held between the two clubs.

Only 13 senior SAAC runners headed off over the bushland course, with Nathaniel Warren the first to reappear and cross the line first, taking out the senior championship section in a time of 31 minutes 14 seconds. Ray Scott was not far behind and Charlie Jones third. Fastest female and Open Womens Champion and Vet Womens Champion was Susie Ellis, in a time of 35 minutes 44 seconds.

After handicaps were applied, Veteran Runner Charlie Jones came up with a win, after a great run and his third placing overall. Axel Muemann always likes this course and has won several races over recent years and once again did well to come in second. Ray Scott was third.

The junior runners tackled an out and back 4km course, with Tobias Blair taking out the Junior Boys Championship in a time of 21 min utes 15 seconds. First girl home and Junior Girls Champion was Ebony Darnell, in a time of 25 minutes 35 seconds.

After handicaps were applied, Ebony Darnell had run well enough to win, from Tobias Blair who came in second.

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