Lindsay Kent Memorial

The Fun Run is on this Sunday 21st April, it starts 9am at the Stawell Town Hall. We’ve got some great prizes on offer. You can register online or on the morning prior to the start. See you there!

A 5 kilometre Fun Run & 3km Walk / Run starting at the Stawell Town Hall, including a lap around the famed Central Park Turf (home of the Stawell Gift), Cato Park and surrounding streets, climbing the Big Hill to a lookout over Stawell and then down the Big Hill Road to Main Street Shops to finish at the Town Hall. Voucher prizes and sashes for winners, a random sash and giveaways at post-race Presentation.

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S & R Young Sportspower

This Sundays race (April 7th) is the Shane & Robyn Young Sportspower 5km Handicap in the Ironbarks Forest, Stawell.

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2015 season

Website updated with documents and calendar for the 2015 season.

First club event is the Lindsay Kent Memorial Fun Run on Easter Sunday.


Print version of poster below Fun Run poster 2015


Lindsay Kent Memorial


3km WALK or RUN

Easter Sunday April 5, 2015

Enter, Start & Finish at Stawell Racecourse car park

Assembly: 8.30am

Start: 9.00am sharp


Entry fee: $10.00 for adults

$5.00 for U/14

Sashes: First Male & First Female donated by Ray Riordan

First 3km Under 16 donated by Keith Noden Family

Random Sash donated by

This quality sash can be won at random by any participant.

All finishers in the event receive a time and placing certificate.

Many spot prizes to be won!

For further details

Secretary: Keith Lofthouse 03 5356 2493 / 04588 30034

President: Neil Wilde 03 5354 2588

Ryan Family 5k


 If it was possible to build a running track around the Equator, Jack Trounson has chalked up enough Ks to have circled the globe twice by now – and then run from Brisbane to Perth with a few hundred kilometres for sightseeing left over.

A lifetime of running; a regimen involving 80,796 kilometres of training and 3976 kms of racing culminated in him winning the 5km Geoff Ryan Family Handicap last Sunday – his 27th win at his 555th start for our club.

He’d won the race before, in 2003, but it happened so long ago that he’d simply forgotten that it was not one of the few on the SACCC calendar that he hasn’t won

The 63-year-old Jack argues the point, but if he has slowed down over the years the rate of decline is almost imperceptible: 21.50 minutes was his winning time on Sunday and nine years before he had clocked a comparable 20.25.

With all that experience in those leathery legs, he shouldn’t be surprised that he was able to put an imposing field to the sword. But the laconic Jack said the course was “flat and fast” and that was the only reason he won.

His margin over the mercurial Sven O’Flynn was a healthy 11 seconds, but it could have been greater if Sven had another of his “off” days which are always more frequent than his “on.”

If Jack is the epitome of professionalism in running, Sven is the oddity.

Stung by a playful jibe before the race that “daylight saving ended too early for you to get home by dark,” the enigmatic Irishman turned on a “Steven Bradbury” and seriously threatened to cause an upset at odds of about 100-1.

Only the week before, Sven, who chased a vodka hangover with a breakfast of bacon and eggs, staggered a sick and sorry 5km at Rhymney Reef and clocked a tortoise-like 36.48. On Sunday he was a mind-bending 14 minutes faster!

The bottom line is that the dilettante S.O’F, who keeps no records, enjoys his running every bit as much as the diligent Jack, whose archive is meticulous.

They are like heads and tails – except that there are three sides to this coin.

The third belongs to Ashley Cowen. Ash, who played footy with the Swifts less than 24 hours before, rocketed over course in 16.47, eclipsing the record he set in 2010 by 11 seconds!


If you intend to run this race, 11am, Sunday May 20, and need transport, Keith is definitely going and has room for three. There will be, no doubt, other cars making the trip, so ask around. Those of us close to winning a club race should seriously consider a start as a $100 prize has been set aside for our members alone. Everyone, of course is in the running for the $1000 available to the overall winner, and there is a sash for the first country runner to finish. Entry fee is $10.



A few of the 2011 books are still available if you missed a great night. New members are welcome to apply. See Keith.


NEXT WEEK’S RACE: We’re off to Garry Rice’s picturesque Concongella Vineyard on the Navarre Road just outside of Stawell for the 6.5km Handicap. Garry won’t say “no” to the sale of some good (cheap!) wine. Recent winners include Ashley Cowen (2011), Sven O’Flynn (10), Chris Barwick (09), Bree Fiscalini (08), Sven O’Flynn (07).

Rhymney Reef 2012



Stawell teenager Nicholas Pridan thought that veteran club runner Keith Lofthouse was doing him a favour when he helped the youngster prepare for a solo marathon, running the Western Highway between Ararat and Stawell in blistering summer heat just six weeks ago.

But Keith acknowledged his protégés “priceless” assistance when he broke through for his first win with the club since July 2010 in the five kilometre Rhymney Reef Handicap.

“Nic came on the scene at exactly the right time for me,” Keith said, after finishing off the Greg Paterson sponsored race with a downhill sprint that put 36 seconds of daylight between himself and runner-up Neil Wilde.

“I had a disastrous 2011 though illness and injury which cost me about six weeks training and 300 kilometres on the road.

“I trained all through summer to make up for lost time, but when Nic came along I was stale and not enjoying my work.”

“Training him helped train me over a variety of courses, speeds and distances – and that he was able to raise over $3000 for Project: Water all by himself was just inspirational. It was probably the most fun I’ve had in many a pre-season.”

Nevertheless, the win at Rhymney caught the 63-year-old, in his 50th start with the club, completely by surprise.

“I didn’t set out to win, but I was fitter than I have been for two years and being the first race of the season I guess others weren’t quite as fit.

“Mind you, the last time I won a season opener was with the Victorian Cross Country League in Melbourne in 2003 and I haven’t won another race there since, so I hope that’s not an omen!”

The handicap race was a triumph for the veterans with the first four to finish – Lofthouse, Wilde, Peter Gibson and Jack Trounson notching up 1326 club runs between them!

“I’ve only contributed 50 of those,” Keith explained, “but I’ve had 180 runs with the Melbourne club, so I’ve done my bit in the big smoke.”

Seventeen-year-old Ash “the Dash” Cowen, who recorded fastest times over all distances other than 10 kilometres in the club’s 2011 season, again set a sparkling pace upfront and was too slick for a slimmed-down Jack Kelly to be first home in 18.39 minutes.



IN recognition of Nic Pridan’s marathon effort, the club presented him with a Certificate of Achievement at the L. W. Kent Memorial Fun Run on April 8.

The certificate entitles him to five years free membership and registration with the SACCC.

It was the first time in the club’s 44 year history that such an award had been made but President Neil Wilde said that his committee had no qualms about creating a precedent.

“It’s not every day that someone like Nicholas comes along and commits himself so wholeheartedly to a cause, and then runs 42 kilometres on a stinking hot day with a smile on his face,” Neil said.

“We as a running club recognise not only the physical sacrifice, but Nic’s sheer determination in raising as much money as he could for a charity that brings fresh drinking water to those deprived of it.”

Nicholas, 18, was speechless with surprise after receiving the award but later thanked the club for its support.

“I had no idea this was coming and was just overwhelmed to be greeted so warmly by such a big crowd at the fun run,” he said.

Ararat Mitre 10 2011


Steve “Squeak” Baird missed by 0.006 seconds on winning a bronze in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the World Masters Athletics in Sacramento, USA – and had cause to lament a missed opportunity. “I didn’t get much of a chance to train when I was there and I reckon that counted against me in the end.” In La Vegas, where the temperature soared to 43C, Steve did not train for four days as there were no facilities available. He wasn’t too concerned because he thought there might be opportunities in Sacramento, but again – no track, no training – and Squeak had to resort to a few sprints in the hotel car park! He ran second in his 100 and 200 metres qualifiers but did not make the semis.


Motivated by her dad’s unofficial debut with the club, Tayla Notting resurrected a frustrating season to break through for a tenacious win in the Ararat Mitre 10 Handicap.

Running on invitation and threading his way through the field like a seasoned veteran, Craig Notting gave his talented sixteen-year-old a goal to chase on the challenging rises of Dunneworthy Common, and for Tayla it was enough to turn disappointment into dividend.

In her ten previous starts this season, Tayla’s form read 3,3,5,5,6,5,8,4,2,5 and it seems she was lacking only an element of inspiration to propel her to a win against the classiest opposition of the year. The line-up included five fit and determined teenagers who had won races earlier in the season – Ruby Klemm, Ashley Jeans, Corey Heard, Nathan Makovec and club speedsters Ashley Cowen and twenty-one-year-old Simon Gallagher.


Daughter Tayla and Dad Craig Notting fight out the finish

After a ding-dong battle with the club’s most consistent runner, Peter Gibson, father and daughter greeted the timekeepers almost in unison, with Gibbo, just 20 seconds in arrears, yet to put a win on the board – but recording his eleventh top five finish of 2011.

“Dad’s been threatening to have a run with the club for a few weeks now and he finally made it,” a breathless Tayla said. “It was a help to have him there because I just had to catch him, and I also had Peter to thank as he kept urging me on whenever I looked like slackening off.”

Dad v Daughter (cont):

Tayla, who plays up to three games of netball the day before race day and as a result is often hampered by fatigue and soreness, trains “a few nights a week” on a dirt road around Lake Bolac and works hard on the local school oval.

“When I’m training for the state (cross country) titles, we’re made to pull a tyre chained to your waist around the oval and it’s hard work, but it’s supposed to help your speed and stamina,” she said, looking somewhat sceptical.


2002 S Baird

2004 G Saunders

2005 G Saunders

2006 J Trounson

2007 R Colley

2008 B Fiscalini

2009 B Fiscalini

2010 P Gibson

NEXT WEEK’S RACE: Just three races left this season. The next is the Australia Post 5km at McDonald Park. A reminder that the season finale, the 5km President’s Race, has been moved forward to Sunday, September 4 (Father’s Day) to accommodate the AEGIS Grampians Springtime Classic (15km, Moyston-Ararat) on September 11.


Thanks to the generosity of the Stawell Gold Mines, the SACCC and the Stawell Amateur Athletic Club received a $1500 grant last month for the purchase of a potentially life-saving defibrillator. SACCC Secretary Keith Lofthouse was given a demonstration of the Cardiac Solutions defib at the Gold Mine and was impressed by the ease of its operation, but learned that the Victorian Cross Country League (Melbourne) was set to purchase a Philips model at around half the cost. However, it now seems that the Philips unit is not available for shipment to Australia. We will now pursue the Cardiac Solutions solution!

Picture above: Courtesy of Stawell News Times

Keith gratefully accepts a cheque from Troy Cole (General Manager, Stawell Gold Mines). 

Concongella Vineyards 2011


Motivated by his first taste of the big time at the Stawell Gift Carnival, club speedster Ashley Cowen was too classy for a group of gritty young chasers in the 6.5 kilometre Concongella Vineyards Handicap.

The combined Stawell & Ararat Cross Country Club and Stawell Amateur Athletic Club event was Ashley’s first outing since his auspicious debut at the Gift when he matched motors with Olympian Craig Mottram and Kenyan stars in the Town Hall Hotel Backmarkers two-miler.

“It was a fantastic experience just to be part of the action at Stawell. I felt like I belonged and it’s made me a lot keener to train and do the best I can,” said Ashley, who has been torn between two loves – middle distance running and football.

Despite his decisive winning margin on Sunday, Ashley found the going “pretty tough” as he rarely runs beyond five kilometres – and has achieved success more on natural ability than hard training.

Swooping to the lead with 400 metres to run at Garry Rice’s picturesque grapevines venue, the seventeen-year-old flyer dashed away from the improving Ashley Jeans to win by 28 seconds in a blistering time of 21 minutes and 27 seconds. Tayla Notting clung on gamely to finish third.

With Nathan Makovec not far away in fourth place and Jeremy Hargreaves sixth, teenage runners dominated the race by filling five of the first six placings.

Peter Gibson (fifth) led the older brigade home ahead of Charlie Jones (seventh) who ended a sequence of four second placings.

The Amateurs race was won impressively by Karl Scott who decided “about five seconds from the start” to go out hard.

Scotty, 22, began like a scalded cat, leaving Col Barnett somewhat “psyched” by the task of having to overhaul the tearaway.

Col has run fastest time in four of the five races staged by the Amateursso far this season but Karl’s 24 mins. 16 secs. was a mere one second slower on Sunday. “And that was only because I had to stop and tie my shoelaces,” he said.