Bendigo Masters strike gold

BENDIGO Masters went on a medal-winning spree at the Victorian Masters Athletics track and field titles at Burwood East.

South Bendigo's Darren Hartland, and Bendigo Harriers clubmates Peter Cowell and Charles Chambers capped a superb season.

Hartland raced in the 35-39 age group and ran a gutsy personal best of 17:58 in the 5000m to win gold.  He was runner-up in the 1500m.

Cowell ran an outstanding 5000m race to power away to win the 50-54 age group in 17:35.  

Racing in a pack of four and then three, Cowell  lifted the tempo at five laps to go and stormed to the line.

He was runner-up in the 1500m the previous day.

Chambers added a third gold for Bendigo as he won the 60-64 years 5000m on the Burwood East track.

Earlier in the year Chambers starred at the Oceania Masters in Bendigo.

He was crowned the 60-64 years 10,000m champion, won silver in the 5km track run and 8km cross-country race, and bronze in the 1500m track final.

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