LOCAL rising running champion, Dylan Scoble has joined others from the Goulburn Valley in receiving one of the best ‘gifts’ of all, taking out the Stawell Gift over the Easter weekend.
The 13 year old took out the Little Athletics handicap 1,600m final in a time of 4:44.753.
Running off a handicap of 190m in the last race of the traditional Easter Monday run, he was proud to receive the winner’s sash a trophy and a Bluetooth speaker, only defeating Solomon Miesen by .3 of a second.
Scoble said, “On Saturday, March 31 of March we arrived at Central Park, Stawell. My step brother, Max and I were competing in the 800m.
“I was in the third heat and finished fourth in my heat, but didn’t make the finals.
“The next day I was competing in the 100m and the 400m. In the 100m I placed second in my heat, but just missed out on the finals. After the 100m, I did the Easter egg hunt…it was a very disappointing effort as I came out with seven.
“In the 400m I finished seventh in my heat. On Monday I competed in the 1,600m handicap. I started off running a steady place and then at two laps to go Solomon Mieson passed me…I thought he might win.
“With a lap to go I picked up the pace and caught the pack in front of me, then it was just me and Solomon.
“At 200m to go I started to catch up to him. Then at the line I just got him by .3 of a second.
“At the end of the race I got a sash, a trophy and a Bluetooth speaker. I also had to give a speech and if you know me you know that I hate public speaking.”