Yole’s time in the spotlight
Forced to quit A-grade netball and basketball due to a knee reconstruction, an overweight Amy Yole laughed at her doctor’s advice that she should take up cross country running.
“It was something I had never given a moment’s thought to. To me, the suggestion came so far from left field that I just thought it laughable,” she said.
But there came a time when the 31-year-old mother of two realised that she would have to lose weight.
And on Saturday, 16 kilograms lighter, in better shape physically and mentally, her medico’s advice resounded in her ears when she easily won the five-kilometre David O Jones Mitre 10 Handicap at only her second cross country outing with Stawell Amateur Athletic Club.
“I lost all that weight in six months of high intensity training, a dedicated gym program and boot camps,” Yole said.
“I returned to equestrian eventing and started running, but I never gave any thought to actually winning a race. I just run for fun and I feel so much better for it.” Her winning time of 29.12 minutes hacked an astonishing 4.40 minutes off her first up effort in conditions that could not be more extreme – from 32 degree heat one week, to rain and 12 degrees the next.
By the time Yole reached the sodden timekeepers, she had 1.43 minutes to spare from Horsham visitors Colin Barnett and Graeme Eldridge.
In the sub-juniors event at Stawell’s North Park running track, Chloe Hunter best defied wind and rain to defeat her determined chasers, Jerome Baker and Olivia Hunter.
Race action moves to Concongella on Saturday for the 5.5-kilometre Hunter Gardens and Landscaping Handicap. Fun runners are welcome and should meet at Concongella Hall from 9.30am.
Mellors defies doubts
All three placegetters in the Stawell and Ararat Cross Country Club’s season opener on Sunday were surprised to finish on the podium.
Anthony Mellors won the five-kilometre Rhymney Reef Handicap from closest chasers, Andrew Reynolds and Keith Lofthouse.
“You never know coming into the first race of the season what the others have done pre-season and you can’t even be sure about your own level of fitness until you actually race,” the winner said.
In their most recent clash, in the five-kilometre 2017 finale at Moyston, Gallagher left Mellors wallowing in his wake when he scorched over the distance in 19.46 minutes, with Mellors ‘out of sight’ 2.27 minutes behind.
But at Rhymney the tables were turned when Mellors tore downhill into the old cricket ground with a widening margin of 2.55 minutes over Gallagher, the reigning club champion, who could only manage 11th after handicaps were applied.
The club returns to Stawell on Sunday for the five-kilometre Shane and Robyn Young Sportspower Handicap, starting at 9.45am. Fun runners are invited to enjoy a free run.