DISTANCE running star Archie Reid and triathletes Nathan Meade and Jarrod Bateson ran in this week's 3000m of the Tuesday Night Series in Flora Hill.
The seven-and-a-half lap was part of their build-up to major events later this year or in 2022.
Moama-based Reid aims to contest the Victorian 5km championship being run on December 7.
A major goal is the half-marathon at the Nike Melbourne Marathon on December 12.
It was Reid's first-out at the Bendigo Regional Athletics Complex in Retreat Road for many months.
The 20-year-old from South Bendigo Athletics Club clocked a time of 8:38.75.
Reid has set Bendigo Centre records for the 5000m at under-18 and 17 level, and the mile for open, under-20 and under-18 at the Flora Hill track.
Meade and Bateson have set their sights on racing the Cairns Ironman triathlon next June.
It's been a frustrating run for both as the Cairns showdown was cancelled the past two years because of COVID.
Meade clocked a time of 9:36 to be runner-up in Tuesday's race as Bateson was third in 9:51.
A high of Meade's triathlon career was the Kona Ironman in Hawaii in 2019.
He switched to triathlons after a footy career that included stints with Bendigo Bombers and Sandhurst.
Bateson has contested the Geelong and Penrith ironmans and also starred on the footy field for Sandhurst and Natte Bealiba.
It was his first race at the Flora Hill track and first with Athletics Bendigo since he raced at Epsom for Bendigo Harriers when he was a teenager.
Bateson played a key role in Natte Bealiba's victory in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League grand final in 2019.
At the age of 54, Anne Buckley from Bendigo Harriers keeps on powering on.
Buckley ran 12:23 in her latest 3000m.
Heat two of the 3000m was won by University's Janet Hodnett in 13:39 from clubmates Deanna Marshall, Melissa and Ross Douglas.
Bendigo University Pride was to the fore in the 1000m as Jayson Carter was first in 3:47 from Jonty McDermid, 3:49, and Keelan McInerney, 4:04 from Bendigo Harriers.
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