Yole’s time in the spot­light

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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.

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