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Phillip Cole shows class in breakthrough handicap win at Stawell

SUCCESS: Phillip Cole after his debut win.

SUCCESS: Phillip Cole after his debut win.


By KEITH LOFTHOUSE
Phillip Cole estimated he might be able to run five kilometres in 25 minutes when he made his debut with Stawell Amateur Athletic Club at Stawell on Saturday.
He was handicapped accordingly. Imagine his surprise when he knocked nearly three minutes off that ‘guestimate’ to win the handicap by a clear minute.
The 26-year-old engineer was embarrassed by his debut win, the first time he had raced against the clock in a five-kilometre event.
“I used to run half marathons in my late teens, but I’ve never really raced before,” he said.
“I have been training on Stawell’s Big Hill, so I didn’t have much trouble with the hills in this race, but I never gave a thought to winning.”
Cole moved to Stawell from St Arnaud eight months ago.
“I trained with the Stawell Warriors but got injured, so I needed to do something to maintain my fitness level. Running seems to do the trick. I hope I can keep it up,” he said.
Justine Tracy was runner-up and third-placed Colin Barnett finished strongly and is a firm favourite for a handicap race in Horsham on Saturday.
In sub-juniors, Tom Williams scored his maiden win from ever-consistent Olivia Hunter and Jay Nitschke.
Racing starts at 10am on Saturday. Runners can call 5356 2493 for details.
Ararat cross country
At the end of a difficult week, all Shevahn Healy wanted to do was run.
Running, after all, has changed her life.
The Shevahn Healy of today is 31 kilograms lighter than three years ago.

For full story, see the April 27, 2016 edition of The Weekly Advertiser.
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Posted on Apr 27 2016

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