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Ipswich schoolteacher wins

2012 Race the Rattler winner Clay Dawson finishes.
2012 Race the Rattler winner Clay Dawson finishes. Craig Warhurst

CLAY Dawson can tick racing the Rattler off his bucket list as not only has the Ipswich school teacher achieved another running goal, he's won the entire event.

He said a top-10 finish would have made him happy and that he was lucky to have won the 18.5km run.

Dawson's main plan was to finish the race and he attacked it in segments.

"I've never been a mentally strong runner, so I kept my eye on my watch and chipped away at small goals," Dawson said.

Things almost went pear-shaped when he found himself off course for about 100m.

Dawson crossed the finish line with a time of 1hr 07min 50sec.

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