THE 2014 King of the Mountain race has been won by a man who knows how to practice what he preaches — La Salle Academy’s Years 7 and 8 coordinator and Physical Education teacher Wes Gibson.
With 32 runners lining at the start, the contest to conquer Scotsman Hill overlooking the Tony Luchetti Sportsground has become more of a challenge each year and continues to grow in numbers.
Weather conditions were not favourable as a storm front moved in before the race was completed and runners had to contend with steep terrain and mud underfoot — a combination causing quite a few to fall on the descent of the hill that resulted in minor injuries, but all finished the race.
Gibson came home in 21 minutes and 37 seconds to claim the glory with Jussi Vtrianen only seconds behind followed by Mark Freeman in third place.
Queen of the Mountain went to Christine Wolfen who ran in the women’s 41 to 50 age group.
Both runners were pleased with their times considering the conditions of the track and are already contemplating next year’s race.
Lithgow Show Society and the runners thank major sponsor Club Lithgow for their continued support of the event.
Category winners were:
Under 15 girls: Maya Lynnes-Ross (first); Rosa Lynnes-Ross (second) and Tayla Godden (third).
Under 15 boys: Isaac Trounce (first); Mark Jameson (second) and Max Arkey-Smith (third).
Men 16 to 40 years: Wes Gibson (first); Jussi Vtrianen (second) and Mat Trounce (third).
Men 41 to 50 years: Mark Freeman (first); Hilton Brown (second) and Ross Gurney (third).
Men 51 and over: Ross Yates (first).
Women 16 to 40: Patricia Vtrianen (first); Meg Reeves (second) and Sally Anne Clues (third).
Women 41 to 50 years: Christine Wolfen (first) and Terisa Ashworth (second).