Carcoar Cup a fit end to championship

Winning streak: 19 year old Canberra runner Josh Torley bolts home in the half-marathon to win the 2017 Regional Distance Running Championship. Photo: Mark Logan.
Winning streak: 19 year old Canberra runner Josh Torley bolts home in the half-marathon to win the 2017 Regional Distance Running Championship. Photo: Mark Logan.

Canberran Josh Torley may have won the new Regional Distance Running Championship, but it was the over 750 other runners who took part in the races that made the event stand out for organiser Andrew Baulch.

In particular it was the success of the inaugural 10km run that pleased Baulch so much.

“One of Carcoar and region’s familiar and most successful runners, Mitch Williamson, had been waiting for years for us to put on a 10km run, and he seized the opportunity with open arms, racing away to win in 30:48,” he said.

“We designed it to run the first 10km of the marathon backwards with a long gentle downhill and a short sharp uphill back in Carcoar,” he said.

“To get over 100 runners at our first attempt was pretty good, I thought, and then I looked at entrants and saw 2016 Rio Olympian Milly Clark had entered, and thought maybe we are really in for some race here.”

In a fast time of 1:04.25, Harry Summers took out the event’s half marathon while Brendan Davies took out the ultra leg of the Cup.