A RUNNER-UP on three previous occasions, Dale Lowe marked a hard-earned victory in Sunday's 12th leg of the Bendigo Athletics Club's cross-country season.
A determined Lowe powered along the 5km trek at No.7 Crusoe Reservoir in Kangaroo Flat.
A field of 25 took on the testing course and cool conditions in a bid to gain points for the upcoming Dick Kitt Memorial final.
One of the most consistent this BAC season, Lowe charged to the lead at 500 metres to go and was 20 seconds clear of his nearest rival.
Runner-up was the in-form Phil Noden as Kerry Ellis put in a strong sprint to finish just in front of Peter Le Busque as Kevin Shanahan was not far away.
Athletes in the veteran class were the first five at the post.
In the children's 1km run, Edward Boase charged from the backmarkers mark of 2:30 to take the lead at 100 metres to go and record his second win of the season.
It was a unique trifecta for the Boase family as Edward charged to the finish in front of sister Amelia and younger brother Abel.
Alirah Norton put in another great effort to be fourth as Maeve Goodall-Hoffman was fifth.
Race organisers said it was a brilliant effort by all in the wet conditions.
Next Sunday, BAC is back at Crusoe Reservoir for the non-penalty 3.2km run before the season finale, the Dick Kitt Final the following Sunday at at Woodvale Recreation Reserve.
Results from Sunday's racing:
Senior 5km: Dale Lowe 22:57, Phil Noden 18:38 (2nd fastest time), Kerry Ellis 27:10 (1st female), Peter Le Busque 22:41, Kevin Shanahan 23:43, Greg Hilson 21:07 (5th fastest time), Terry Crome 23:39, Joey McMahon 25:40 (1st open), Amanda Heard 21:42 (2nd female, 2nd open), Rick Ermel 22:34, Justine Graham 30:54 (3rd female), Luke Matthews 19:35 (3rd open, 3rd ft), Aaron Norton 21:08 (4th open), Tony Sait 23:25, Ingrid Douglass 21:21 (4th female), Kane Ellis 24:23, Chook Stewart 25:25, Josh Sait 17:48 (1st fastest time, 5th open), Nick Edwards 21:53 (1st under-23), Andrew Sait 20:46 (4th ft), Gab Sait 27:58 (5th female), Carol Stewart 32:40, Rhonda Schultz 33:00, Richard Schultz 30:54, Demi Goodall-Hoffman 30:51 (2nd under-23).
Junior 1km: Edward Boase 4:30, Amelia Boase 5:11, Abel Boase 7:25, Alirah Norton 6:25, Maeve Goodall-Hoffman 8.34.
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