Run­ning over the com­pe­ti­tion

Alpine Observer - - Classifieds -

By ALEX CRAIG

AC­CORD­ING to his mother Kim, Alec Franzke ran his first cross-coun­try at the age of three, at a sports day at Omeo Pri­mary School where she was teach­ing at the time.

Since start­ing school at Ta­wonga, Alec has won ev­ery clus­ter cross-coun­try event in his age group and this year, at the age of 10, won through to the state fi­nals in Bun­doora, where he came sec­ond.

The young run­ner’s achieve­ment earned him se­lec­tion in Team Vic­to­ria, to com­pete in the School Sport Australia Na­tional Cham­pi­onships last week­end.

The event sees a wide range of both in­di­vid­ual and team sports and on top of the com­pet­i­tive as­pect School Sport Australia puts an em­pha­sis on pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tional, so­cial and cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences.

This year the cham­pion- ships were held on the Sun­shine Coast in Queens­land and in­volved the top six per­form­ers in each sport from each Aus­tralian state, plus New Zealand.

Alec’s event was the 10 years and un­der cross-coun­try in­di­vid­ual event (2km) fol­lowed by a team re­lay.

The event was run over very hilly terrain, with Alec com­ing home in 14th in a field of 40.

He was just 20 sec­onds be- hind the win­ner with a time was 7mins 40secs, a re­sult he was pleased with after a tough start.

Alec’s has fol­lowed in the foot­steps of his fa­ther Evan who in 1986, at the age of 12, com­peted in the same crosscoun­try event, and was part of a win­ning re­lay team that year.

Alec’s ac­tiv­i­ties as a se­ri­ous cross-coun­try ath­lete have in­cluded Wandi Cross, the Bright Fun Run, the Mt Bo­gong Con­ques­tathon and the Jin­dera Fun Run.

Ear­lier this year when just nine, Alec crossed the line first in the un­der 16 males in the 4.2km Half Nail Can Hill event in Al­bury, in 17min­s17secs.

At the Mt Beauty Half Marathon in May he com­pleted the 3km dis­tance in a time of 12.33 to be the third male over­all.

Alec’s train­ing regime is not for­mal, but he runs regu- larly with the Mt Beauty Park Run and a cou­ple of weeks ago he recorded a per­sonal best time of 19.40 over 5km.

With other stu­dents at Ta­wonga Pri­mary School he runs laps around the school yard and has clocked up over 200 kilo­me­tres so far this year.

He also rides his bike to school most days, goes crosscoun­try ski­ing and prac­tices soccer on Sun­day af­ter­noons with fam­ily and friends.

RUN­NING TAL­ENT: Alec Franzke crossed the line in third in the 3km race at the Mt Beauty Half Marathon ear­lier this year and the 10 year-old also re­cently com­peted in the School Sport Australia cham­pi­onships in Queens­land.

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