Stawell Amateur Athletic Club held the Lindsay Kent Memorial 8km Championship Sealed Handicap race on Saturday. The race was held at the back of the Stawell Airport in perfect sunny conditions with panoramic views of Stawell and of the Grampians.
However, the runners didn’t have the time to take in the views. Being a championship race, all runners started together with Col Barnett setting a fast pact, to easily win the 8 km Championship in a time of 29 min 4 sec. Female 8 km Champion was Susie Ellis in a time of 35 min 14 sec.
When handicaps were applied the winner was a very surprised Meg Parnaby, taking out her second 8 km for the season. Longer races seem to suit Meg. Could she win the 10 km next week? Second was the improving Stan Watson with Fiona O’Brein third.
The Junior race was held over 2 km with a good field of 16 runners lining up at the start. Aaron and Marcus fought out the championship race but Aaron proved too strong over the last 500m of the race to win in a great time of 7 min 26 sec.
Lucy won the Junior Girl 2km Championship in a time of 7 min 56 sec. In the handicap section of the race Hugh was the victor after many weeks of being close to a win. Lucy was second followed by Aaron.
The Sub-Junior race was run over 1 km and was won by Nathan in a time of 4 min 39 sec. Brothers Fraser and Harry came in second and third. Sophie was the fastest girl in a time of 4 min 41 sec.