Craigie train rolls on

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The Craigie dom­i­na­tion of the Lind­say Kent Easter Sun­day Memo­rial Fun Run rolled on when Can­berra vis­i­tor Alan Craigie won the five-kilo­me­tre event in Stawell for the fifth time in the past six years.

His only de­feat in the Stawell and Ararat Cross Coun­try Club event since 2013 came in 2014 when his brother Kevin was first to the time­keep­ers. Alan’s sis­ter-in-law was the first fe­male to fin­ish in 2016.

In 2016, Craigie had amused on­look­ers at the pre­sen­ta­tion of sashes when he said, “I chal­lenge you all to knock me off in 2017. You won’t but it will be fun to try.” But since then his tone has mod­er­ated. “I don’t know how long this streak can go on for,” the 34-year-old said af­ter his lat­est tri­umph.

“I’m get­ting older and I was chal­lenged by a younger fella for most of the way to­day.”

Craigie’s time of 16.16 min­utes eas­ily eclipsed the 17.10 he posted last year in what was a sat­is­fy­ing warm-up for the Aus­tralian Moun­tain Run­ning Cham­pi­onship at Ho­bart’s Mount Wellington next Sun­day – a 10-kilo­me­tre slog from the base of the moun­tain to the sum­mit.

First fe­male to fin­ish the fun run was Ali­son Wil­son who had pre­vi­ously won in 2011 and 2013. Wil­son had drifted away from se­ri­ous run­ning af­ter her sev­enth marathon but is now look­ing for fur­ther goals.

War­rnam­bool teenager, Lochie Wor­den, an­other re­peat win­ner af­ter suc­cess in 2012-13, ran a crack­ing 11.41 to eas­ily win a three-kilo­me­tre un­der-16s sash.

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