Peter Gibson won the Stawell and Ararat Cross Country Club’s five-kilometre president’s handicap event at Moyston on Sunday.
It broke an amazing stretch of 13 top five finishes without a win.
Gibson was beaten by the narrowest of margins by his training partner Jack Trounson at Ararat just two starts before.
Gibson turned the 100th of a second loss into a race win.
Gibson’s win denied club veteran Adrian van Raaphorst his only win in 2016.
Nathan Bendelle was short of race fitness after a long absence but produced the run of the day to record a personal best for the distance and a third placed finish.
Gibson has been the Stawell and Ararat Cross Country Club’s most consistent performer.
Gibson has posted two seconds, four thirds and seven fourths in a typically productive season.
Tattooed warrior Charlie Jones was having his 450th start on Sunday but was forced to pull out of the handicap event with a hamstring strain.