Stawell and Ararat Cross Country Club president, Peter Gibson, believes history was created on Sunday when veteran runner Keith Lofthouse won the race Gibson sponsors at Ararat’s Dunneworthy Common.
“I don’t think anyone in our 51 years has ever managed to win the same sponsored race in three consecutive years,” Gibson said at the post-race presentation.
“I’m a real horses for courses runner,” Lofthouse said, “and Peter’s course with its long flat stretch and gradual incline to the one big hill before a fast downhill suits me down to the ground.”
The fourth running of the Gibson was dominated by stalwarts, Lofthouse the youngest at age 69, winning the eight-kilometre event from septuagenarians Gary Saunders and Jack Trounson who have notched just on 1240 club runs between all three.
The five-kilometre Clem Hall Memorial in Stawell this Sunday is the club’s penultimate race of the season.