Jenkins wins again, against the odds

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Grey-bearded vet­eran Terry Jenkins, 69, who broke a 16-year drought by win­ning a Stawell Am­a­teur Ath­letic Club race on June 3, re­ceived a time penalty but still beat the hand­i­cap­per by scor­ing back-to­back wins in Hor­sham.

In the five-kilo­me­tre race ear­lier this month, Jenkins gave train­ing mate Stephen Baird, 4.30 min­utes start, and his win­ning mar­gin was 0.37 sec­onds.

In the 6.5-kilo­me­tre hand­i­cap on Satur­day, Jenkins had to con­cede 5.50 min­utes to the front-run­ning Baird. But he grad­u­ally reeled in the tir­ing leader within sight of the fin­ish and drew clear to score by a safe mar­gin of nine sec­onds. Jess Cass led the women into third place.

“I re­ally didn’t have enough kilo­me­tres in my legs in that first win and I only did about 25 kilo­me­tres on the train­ing track. But I’ve since built up to 47 a week. I’m just old enough to re­alise that you don’t get any­where with­out hard work,” Jenkins said. “The flat course re­ally suited me, but I only re­ally gave my­self a chance in the last 200 me­tres.”

The club re­turns to Stawell on Sun­day in an eight-kilo­me­tre Lind­say Kent Me­mo­rial from the aero­drome car park off Pipetrack Road.

In sub-ju­niors, Jor­dan Nitschke cel­e­brated with a gutsy win over Chloe Hunter and Kayla Mem­brey.

Si­mon swoops on Loft­house

Wrong-way run­ner Keith Loft­house has only him­self to blame for fail­ing to turn the ta­bles on spring-heeled Si­mon Gal­lagher who scored back-to-back wins in an eight-kilo­me­tre Fenn Fam­ily Hand­i­cap in Ararat.

Al­most a minute be­hind Gal­lagher when sec­ond at the Con­con­gella Vine­yard the week be­fore, Loft­house was favourite to win the Stawell and Ararat Cross Coun­try Club race due to the two-minute time penalty im­posed on his club-mate.

But Loft­house made a crit­i­cal er­ror sec­onds af­ter the start when he turned right in­stead of left.

His race could have ended there but for Char­lie Jones be­hind him call­ing him back on course.

“I sim­ply got con­fused by the pre-race in­struc­tions, not for the first time and prob­a­bly not the last,” Loft­house said.

With 250 me­tres to run, Loft­house risked a look over his shoul­der and spot­ted Gal­lagher swoop­ing about 30 me­tres be­hind.

“I thought I had him, but he was on my back in a flash. Try­ing to stave off Si­mon when he has the smell of vic­tory is like try­ing to keep on a hair­piece in a hur­ri­cane. He’s just too swift.”

Gal­lagher won by a stride with Ian McCready fin­ish­ing third and a fur­ther 0.41 sec­onds be­hind.

The hilly course in Mcdon­ald Park is al­ways tough go­ing, but this time run­ners had to cope with chok­ing swarms of midges.

RUN­NING CHAL­LENGE: grow­ing form. Terry Jenkins shows off his

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