Halls Gap chef

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Halls Gap chef Bal Sukh­preet em­u­lated the feat of Hall Gap masseuse Tina Baker a week ear­lier when he won his first com­pet­i­tive foot race at Stawell on Sat­ur­day.

Sukh­preet fin­ished with a with­er­ing burst to over­whelm Luke Baker – Tina’s hus­band – in the last 100 me­tres of the 6.5 kilo­me­tre Ad­vance Bricks and Pavers Hand­i­cap to win by just four sec­onds, with the ever con­sis­tent Matilda Igle­sias in third place.

Sukh­preet, who as­pires to test his en­durance in iron man and ul­tra-marathons, showed he has what it takes by warm­ing up at speed over the race dis­tance on the North Park turf just one hour be­fore the Stawell Ama­teur Ath­letic Club event in which he clocked an im­pres­sive 26.15 min­utes.

“I haven’t achieved any­thing that I re­ally want to achieve with my run­ning,” he said mod­estly af­ter the race. “I’m just con­di­tion­ing my body so I can achieve what I want to in the fu­ture.”

While a cou­ple of his burly club­mates, be­fore and af­ter the race, spoke of ‘too many bis­cuits’ and ‘too many choco­late bars’, Sukh­preet is a pic­ture of lean, glow­ing health.

The young veg­e­tar­ian is study­ing food science and nu­tri­tion and gets his ‘su­gar hit’ by con­sum­ing up to five kilo­grams of man­darins ev­ery week.

A strict diet en­er­gises him to run 20 la­bo­ri­ous laps of the North Park foot­ball ground in a once reg­u­lar 10-kilo­me­tre work­out that he now uses to eval­u­ate his progress in terms of speed.

“I want to run a kilo­me­tre in un­der three

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