Sudholz In Narrow Win
After a years break from racing, Stawell Amateur
Athletic Club runner Graeme Sudholz showed he hasn't
lost form when he scored a close win in last Saturdays
Horsham Telstra Shop Handicap.
Horsham put on its traditional wet race day, but
fortunately the rain stopped long enough for the
racing to be completed before the rain came down
Twenty-six senior runners set off over a flat
out and back 6.5km course, with front marker Carolyn
Lehmann leading the way. With 800m to go, Lindy
Muller passed Lehmann to take the lead, but Graeme
Sudholz was close behind.
Further back Gary Howden
and Ray Scott were closing fast.
With 500m to go, Sudholz hit the front, but Howden
was breathing down his neck.
Sudholz dug deep,
and just managed to hold off Howden to win by 2
sec, with Scott another 3 sec behind in third.
Fastest time went to Jade Merritt with 23 minutes
Fastest female was Susie Ellis in 28 minutes
Sarah Ellis lead all the way to take out the junior
3km event from Emily Parnaby and Daniel Faravoni.
Faravoni was the fastest junior in 13 minutes 5
sec, with Parnaby the quickest girl in 14 minutes
Liam Burns won the sub-junior 1000m. Tobias Blair
was second with Elly Barnett third and fastest junior
in 4 minutes 21 sec. Blair was the fastest sub-junior
boy with 4 minutes 22 sec.
A special thank you
to Sharon and Gary Howden for the use of their
big shed for the race headquarters, and the use
of their house afterwards.