May 05, 2013

Nail Can Hill Results 2013

Michael Hosking   38:23
Jilly Hosking         49:23
Rad Leovic         1:28:23
Diana Schneider 1:06:03,  2nd W60+

Above Results from Website.
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The following story from "The Border Mail"

IT’S 30 years since Virginia Hughes became the youngest women to win Nail Can Hill.
Now 43, she’s back.
In 1983, the 13-year-old Miss Klemke ran the “hill” in 50 minutes and 43 seconds, unaware she was leading the women’s race until swamped by well-wishers at the finish line.
The time remains the record for under-16 girls.
A year earlier, at her first attempt at the gruelling course, she set the mark for 12-year-olds that also still stands today.
Fast forward three decades and the now mother of three teenage children at Albury High decided it was time for one last hurrah, tomorrow’s 11.3 kilometres across the hill.
“I work at The Grange at Thurgoona and I look at some of these people in their 80s and 90s — still active, still full of life,” Hughes said.
“About 12 months ago I was telling them about my Nail Can Hill days and they said why don’t you do it again.
“I really had no answer, no good reason why not.
“I guess they were my inspiration.”
It meant time in the gym for the 150-centimetre pocket rocket, former cross-country and aquathon star.
“I had to lose some weight before I started running again, dropped eight kilos and then started on the treadmill,” Hughes said.
“There was a month where my feet were just a mass of blisters but now I’m starting to feel good — hoping to go better than the time I did in that first win in 1983.”
Hughes’ win in 1983 was a shock, the following year she was running in the national cross country championships and a year later she again took the title on Nail Can Hill.
It was the same year Pat Scammell, fresh from being run out of the 1500-metre semi-final at the Los Angeles Olympics, won the first of his six Nail Can Hill titles.
“Running came naturally to me and I never had any training,” Hughes said.
“It was always easy and to some extent it still is but it is such a gruelling and challenging sport — it’s not like you are having a lot of fun out there.
“I think after this I’ll hang the running shoes up for good.”
The race starts at Lavington Panthers Club at 10am and finishes at Bonnie Doon Park.

This year her time was 53:41.
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