NEW Ocean Grove resident and runner Michael Low finished on a massive high claiming the 4km Bells Bash run event on Friday January 18 in Jan Juc.
Thirty-three-year-old Low who only moved to Ocean Grove just last week, won the race in a time of 12 minutes 33 seconds and finished eight seconds ahead of nearest competitor Gerard Sutton (12:41) and Issac Hockey (12:53).
Low’s fiancé is local marathon runner Kristen Wyatt, who finished eighth in the women’s 8km Bells Bash on Friday.
“I did not really have expectations before the race, I was talking to someone about it after the race, it just depends who turns up on the day,” said Low, who spoke to the Voice.
“Nick Wightman (Ocean Grove local who has won the Rip to River 10km run), won the Bells Bash 4km event last year and I came second to him.
“I enjoy doing the fun runs, it is good, it is a nice social thing, it is a friendly atmosphere.”
Low said running into a head wind on the night of the race made it a little difficult for competitors.
“I was sort of leading for the first 500 metres, it was basically uphill for the first 2km and just a roaring head wind for the first half of the race,” Low said.
IN OTHER race results, Ocean Grove local Grant Simpson won the 40-49 age category in the 8km Bells Bash event.
Simpson, who finished in a time of 26:23, completed the race in ninth place overall.
MEANWHILE in the Danger 1000 swim on Saturday, January 19 at Torquay front beach, a couple of Ocean Grove veteran swimmers took centre stage.
Robin Asher, husband of Ocean Grove based Geelong mayor 2012 candidate and keen runner Stephanie, finished second in the 50-54 veterans age category in a time of 14:27.
While fellow local Mark Stone finished third in 15:17 in the 50-54 veterans age category.