Two sessions of acupuncture helped propel Nathan Baker to a surprise win in the 10km Run For Ray Handicap at Stawell last Saturday, his first in a race of that distance.
Baker was crestfallen when a hamstring strain forced him to miss three races with the Stawell Amateur Athletic Club. Keen to accelerate the healing, Baker visited an acupuncturist and noticed immediate improvement.
Reigning club champion Colin Barnett, also recovering from injury, was first to finish but, once handicaps were applied, the margin favoured Baker by just under a minute. Terry Jenkins, last year's winner, was third.
The Run for Ray is held in memory of Ray Scott, a former club president who died while training alone in the Ironbarks Forest in 2010.
In the 1km sub juniors, Dale Robinson won after a battle with Nash Santuccione. The club returns to the Ironbarks this Saturday for the 10km Stawell Sportspower Handicap.
Three weeks after winning her first race since 2016, Sandra Barwick took out a shock win in the inaugural AESC Cup at Stawell on Sunday.
Barwick was undaunted by the cold, wet and muddy conditions, and began with a steely determination to do the best she could.
When handicaps were applied, Barwick held a comfortable 0.38 minute margin over Peter Gibson with the ever-consistent Jack Trounson pipping Ian McCready for third.
The club travels to Moyston this Sunday for the 5km Wilde Family Handicap. Fun runners are welcome.