The start of the 2010 King of the Mountain race in Pomona.
The start of the 2010 King of the Mountain race in Pomona.

Labinsky wins mountain race

NAMBOUR’S Neil Labinsky secured his fifth straight Pomona King of the Mountain title with a convincing display on Sunday.

The 31-year-old, whose name has become synonymous with the race in recent times, dominated the event from start to finish winning in a time of 23 minutes 38 seconds.

While happy with the victory, he said his only disappointment was not breaking his race record of 22:43 set during last year’s race.

“I’ve done a lot of training for it. It was one of the first fun runs I ever did so I’ve focused on it a fair bit,” he said.

“I still had the record time in mind that I did last year. But last year I really started concentrating on it, doing the course four or five times a week. This year I was doing a bit of training on it, still training heaps, but I was just happy to win.”

Labinsky said he now had his sights set on the Queensland 5km title at next year’s state championships.

Meanwhile, Maree Stephenson notched her second straight win in the women’s race, beating home Kim Beckinsale.

Beckinsale was lucky to finish the race after popping her shoulder out of place.

Gympie Times


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