A hectic month of competition meant Echuca's Brady Threlfall struggled during the weekend's Stawell Gift.LUKE MCMANUS April 24, 2014 3:05am
Echuca runner Brady Threlfall had mixed emotions following the 1600m Herb Hedemann Invitational Handicap at the weekend’s Stawell Gift.
Threlfall, given a 65m handicap, reached as high as third out of 25 competitors but eventually succumbed to the ‘‘intensity’’ of the hotly anticipated race to finish towards the back of the field.
‘‘I was up there with about 500m to go but lactic acid took hold and all I could do was watch them run past me,’’ Threlfall said, who won the same event in 2012.
‘‘It got to the stage where I was looking behind me to make sure I wasn’t the last one.
‘‘Thankfully there were still a few bodies behind me.’’
The ‘‘shock to the system’’ stemmed from Threlfall’s hectic schedule, which included three events in three weeks.
Threlfall ran a fifth best 15km time at Melbourne’s Run for the Kids fundraiser on April 13, a week after competing in the 5000m event at the Australian Athletics Championships.
Two weeks before the championships, Threlfall took part in the World Challenge’s 5000m.
‘‘The legs just weren’t prepared to tackle a shorter, quicker distance,’’ Threlfall said.
‘‘Because it’s more of a sprint, I was on my toes a lot more than what I’ve been used to recently.
‘‘I’ve done a bit of speed work at training but not enough.’’
With his fourth Stawell Gift appearance ticked off, Threlfall can now focus on his 160km per week training schedule in preparation for a half-marathon in Christchurch, New Zealand, on June 1.
The St Mary’s Primary School teacher is aiming to break the 66-minute barrier for the first time.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.