Pet pig plays its part in cross coun­try suc­cess

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Vet­eran run­ner Julie Hertz cred­ited the an­tics of ‘Bonny the pet calf’ for the first of her two wins with Stawell and Ararat Cross Coun­try Club in 2017.

But, in Bonny’s place, ‘Wil­ly­woo the pet pig’ has trot­ted forth as the driv­ing force be­hind her sec­ond win in 2019.

Busy man­ag­ing the prop­erty, teach­ing part time, and per­form­ing du­ties as club sec­re­tary, Hertz has lit­tle time for train­ing and de­pends on the pig af­ford­ing her some level of fit­ness.

“He loves to chase me and have me chase him, and he man­ages to wear me out, prob­a­bly be­cause I’m not do­ing enough train­ing,” she said.

Hertz’s sur­pris­ing win in the five-kilo­me­tre Clem Hall Memo­rial race at Stawell, of course, wasn’t all down to the pig.

“Be­cause I’m very of­ten the first to start in a hand­i­cap race I usu­ally spend a lot of time run­ning by my­self and it’s hard to get mo­ti­vated some­times,” she said.

“But to­day we had a mass start and I was able to keep Sue Bl­iz­zard and Shev Healy in my sights. It re­ally helps when you have some­one to chase.”

Hertz ran steadily and af­ter hand­i­caps were ap­plied the win­ner emerged with a 27-sec­ond ad­van­tage over Healy, who has one last chance to win in the sea­son fi­nale – the five-kilo­me­tre Pres­i­dent’s Hand­i­cap at Dun­newor­thy Com­mon in Ararat on Sun­day.

Artz learns run­ning art

Kiri Artz dis­cov­ered her niche in com­pet­i­tive sport when she turned to run­ning and broke through for her maiden win, a three-kilo­me­tre Chris Blake Hand­i­cap at Stawell. Her timely win came in the fi­nal race of the Stawell Am­a­teur Ath­letic Club sea­son on the North Park Ath­letic Track.

She was drawn into an early speed bat­tle with faster run­ners but the young­ster per­se­vered and, with the hand­i­caps work­ing in her favour, held on grimly to de­feat the near­est chasers, Re­becca Hurley and Naomi Hunter.

In a one-kilo­me­tre sub-ju­nior dash, Nash San­tuc­cione was the day’s sec­ond rookie to win for the first time.

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