Ellis triumphs in season’s 11th cross-country round

Kane Ellis wins the 11th round of the Bendigo Athletic Club's cross-country series.

Kane Ellis wins the 11th round of the Bendigo Athletic Club's cross-country series.

THE 11th round of the Bendigo Athletic Club’s cross-country season was won by Kane Ellis on Sunday.

A physically challenging course on the hills of Mandurang did not faze Ellis as he raced to victory.

The event drew 27 athletes for the 6.5km trek.

Ellis was the sixth runner to start from a handicap of 7:30.

With less than a kilometre to go, Ellis surged to the front and held off a fast-finishing Dan Ryan to win by 37 seconds.

Third across the line and fastest runner on the day was Jacob Nolan in a time of 22:49 as Ryan was second fastest.

Ingrid Douglass was the fastest of the women.

Category winners were Kane Ellis, veteran; Dan Ryan, open; Charlie Wardrop, under-23; Demi Goodall-Hoffman, female; and Jacob Nolan, fastest time.

A field of 11 juniors lined up contest the 1km race.

Kai Norton achieved a hard-earned victory and ran equal second fastest time of 4:29 with Baxter Parker.

Runner-up in the 1km event was Harper-Lee Basten from Caleb Marron.

The final race for aggregate points in the BAC season will be run this Sunday from 10.30am at the Woodvale Recreation Reserve.

A non-penalty 3200m handicap will be run on August 19 from 10.30am at No. 7 Crusoe Reservoir.

Bendigo Athletic Club’s final event on the 2018 cross-country calendar is the Dick Kitt Memorial Final to be contested over the 6.5km distance on August 26 at Bendigo Livestock Exchange in Huntly.