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Melissa wins maiden Stawell club race

Melissa Fletcher won Stawell Amateur Athletics Club’s seven-kilometre race on Saturday in her first club run. 

The Fletcher family joined the club at the start of the season, with Melissa’s son Louis and daughter Sophie running in the sub-juniors. 

“I wasn’t expecting that I would be able to run that far. I ran the entire way as I thought if I stopped to walk, I would struggle to start running again,” Fletcher said after her win. 

She finished three minutes ahead of Claire Davies and five minutes in front of third- placed Belinda Amess. 

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“I was very thankful for the generous handicap for my first run,” Fletcher said.

“It’s such a great club. It felt special to be able to run in a club started in 1966 by Keith Haymes, and it’s lovely to see Keith at the club runs.”

A large field contested the sub-junior race, with Nash Santuccione posting the fastest time of 4:37. 

Hunter Davies claimed the win, Flynn Davies came second and Colten Kenny, third.

A group of members have joined ‘The May 50K’ challenge to raise money for the fight against MS. 

The club will host a morning tea and raffle after the race on May 15, with money raised going to a ‘Kiss Goodbye to MS’ organisation.

Members and fun runners are to meet at Rupanyup Recreation Reserve at 9:30am on Saturday for registration. 

– Nathan Baker

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