Ingrid Douglass has taken out the 5km Vin Drechsler Memorial in Sunday's race at Mandurang with Paul Bennett coming 2nd.
It was a tough duel between frontmarkers Douglass and Bennett, with both runners being equally matched for most of the race, conquering the steep hills and running almost shoulder to shoulder right up to the last 1km where Douglass proved to be the better competitor on the day, surging ahead of Bennett to win the Drechsler family sponsored event, 14 seconds clear of her rival.
Douglass can add Sunday's win to her impressive collection of race wins since she joined the BAC back in 2014, consisting of 4 other first placing’s including the prestigious Flack Advisory Winter Classic.
Douglass improved on her previous 5km time along the much flatter course that was ran previously at Wellsford by an impressive 23 seconds.
Ryan Shelton ran on to third in the 5km race showing his toughness over the Mandurang hills, ahead of Jacob Nolan and the dark horse Greg Hilson.
Shelton also came first in the open category in front of Adam Parker and Ben Goode.
The electrician “Adam Parker” was in for a shock when halfway through the race the ex-static Jacob Nolan charged past the sparkless sparky to claim the fastest title with a time of 17:38 leaving the pessimistic Parker to drive home in his volts-wagon and to wonder “Watt happened?”.
Nolan also finished first in the Under 23’s ahead of Lachlan Perdon and Reza Azimi.
The women’s category saw Ingrid Douglass take first, with Carol Stewart 2nd and Rhonda Schultz in third.
Douglass was also first in the veteran’s category ahead of Paul Bennett and Greg Hilson.
Next Sunday’s race is the much shorter 3km distance being held at the No. 7 Reservoir in Kangaroo Flat.