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Bathurst’s Kellie Gibson first woman home in 2022 Great Volcanic Mountain Challenge | West Central Daily

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KELLIE Gibson surprised herself by claiming overall women’s honors at the weekend’s Great Volcanic Mountain Challenge in Orange. The Bathurst racer said it was exciting to watch things unfold on the tough course after she was forced to step away from her usual racing tactics. “It was a nice surprise to take the lead early on and the goal from there was just to go out there and try to hold on,” she said. “It’s always a bit nerve-wracking to take the lead so early, I usually prefer to go on and make my move a bit later in these kinds of races, but being pushed out of the comfort zone is never a bad thing. bad thing.” I feel like it was a bit of luck as the women’s field had less depth than usual, but you can only race whoever comes up on the day and a win always feels good. Margaret Kenny was the second woman to cross the line. “Because I am not a registered athlete with Athletics NSW, the title of NSW Mountain Running Champion to progress passes to the next registered athlete. I never considered registering because honestly, I didn’t rate myself a chance on the podium in this race,” Gibson said of the entered athletes. “Margaret runs incredibly for her age. She is an absolute inspiration and so humble. If I’m still out there giving her a chance at her age, I’ll be very happy.” Although Gibson said her time wasn’t the best she’s had on the course, it was an effort she was proud of given the day’s conditions.” It wasn’t my best time on the course, but it was hard to compare due to the wet conditions on the more technical downhill sections of the course and he rode the distance of the previous course with the course change. Considering those things, I was pretty happy,” she said. “It was a great day and it’s just nice to do events again as a community of runners. The highlight for me was seeing my two boys give their best with other runners from Bathurst as I ran through the terrain along the Mount Towac and Young Man Canobolas.” I love that our whole family enjoys doing this and it’s really nice to see them share in the pure joy I get from this sport. To read more stories, download the Central Western Daily news app from the Apple Store or Google Play.