Shanahan cruises at Crusoe

WINNING WAYS: Kevin Shanahan proved too strong for his Bendigo Athletic Club rivals at Crusoe Reservoir.

WINNING WAYS: Kevin Shanahan proved too strong for his Bendigo Athletic Club rivals at Crusoe Reservoir.

RUNNER-up in his previous two cross country hit-outs with Bendigo Athletic Club, Kevin Shanahan broke through for victory in Sunday’s race at Crusoe Reservoir in Kangaroo Flat.

The masseur/naturopath was in hot form as a field of 19 raced the Rising Sun Hotel-sponsored 6.5km in chilly conditions.

Shanahan started off in the middle of the field and quickly went to work as he passed Mark Perdon and Chook Stewart and another group of runners being led by Kane Ellis and Tony Sait.

At a couple of kilometres to go, Shanahan passed race leader  Demi Goodall-Hoffman and held a 40 second gap to eventual runner-up Lachlan Perdon.

The consistent Adam Parker was third.

A highlight was the feat by Goodall-Hoffman to be fourth overall after being 13th in her previous BAC race.

A long-time professional runner, Shanahan is a dual winner of the prestigious BAC aggregate award.

Victory at Crusoe has put Shanahan in a great position to win this season’s Gary Hogan trophy.

The Parker brothers had a great duel in the juniors 1km race as Baxter won in a time of 5.01 from Jack.

Next Sunday’s race will be run at Wellsford Rifle Range.

Category results in the Rising Sun Hotel 6.5km at Crusoe Reservoir:

Veterans: Kevin Shanahan, John Bailey, Rod Stewart. Under-23: Lachlan Perdon, Demi Goodall-Hoffman, Jacob Nolan. Open: Adam Parker, Dan Ryan, Ben Goode. Fastest time: Jacob Nolan 23.51, Adam Parker, Dan Ryan. Women’s: Demi Goodall-Hoffman, Rhonda Schultz, Ingrid Douglass.