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Springheel Jack bounds to win

ON THE RUN: Ballarat teenager Jack Davies shows his style at Stawell on the weekend. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A wrong turn at a crucial stage cost Ballarat teenager Jack Davies a win in the Warrnambool Surf to Surf in January but he made amends last Sunday with a brilliant win in the LW Kent Memorial Run over five kilometres at Stawell Racecourse.
The 15-year-old speedster ran an outstanding personal best of 16 minutes flat to record his first win in an open fun run, which he hopes is a stepping stone to his ultimate goal – to represent Australia on the track one day.
“I’ve already run for Victoria three or four times at schoolboy level over distances up to five kilometres, but you always aim for the highest level of achievement,” the sprightly youngster said.
Davies, whose grandparents live in Stawell, was tackling the Easter Fun Run for the third time. The Eureka Running Club athlete hails from the Rod Griffin stable of runners and proved that he is not only blessed with natural ability, but is a shrewd tactician as well.
He tucked in behind the tearaway leaders on leaving the racecourse and waited for the pace to drop off before making a decisive move with about three kilometres to run, which carried him to an easy victory over many more seasoned chasers.
Warrnambool fitness advisor Alison Wilson was the first female to finish in a time of 19 minutes and seven seconds which is also a personal best.
She finished her first marathon in Melbourne last year in a creditable three hours and 35 minutes and plans to return this year in a bid to better the time.
Wilson finds motivation during a run by imagining that her nearest male opponent is female.
“He happened to be a little kid and I have to thank him for making me work. You are always inclined to back off the pace when running by yourself, with no-one to push you,” she said.
A field of 215 runners and walkers, including visitors from Tasmania and Germany, faced the start for the 33rd annual fun run and the winners were decorated with sashes donated by one of the race founders, Ray Riordan.
Jim Wilson from Beaconsfield won the random sash donated by John Collins of Advance Bricks and Pavers. Other participants shared in the over 100 spot prizes which were donated by generous Stawell and Great Western traders.
Keith Lofthouse

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Posted on Apr 27 2011

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