THE overall winner of the 2013 Fed Hill Challenge had just one word to describe how he felt after crossing the finish line — “stuffed”.
“It’s a nasty little hill,” Albury’s Lachlan Chisholm puffed.
“It’s as bad as Nail Can Hill I think — you go up three little hills leading in to it, and the downhill is steep enough that you can’t make up your lost time.
“There’s only the first and last kilometre and a half where you’re not going up or downhill.”
But the two-time Australian 1500-metre champion had relished the challenge.
“It’s a great event,” Chisholm said.
“You run through the crowd on the bits running back and they were really supportive — you normally don’t get that crowd atmosphere but it was nice running through them and hearing them cheer you on as you’re going.”
Chisholm finished the race in 35:58.9, only slowed perhaps by a little early morning rain.
Originally from The Rock, Chisholm has been living on the Border for two years and has been working at Flex Out Physiotherapy.
A middle distance runner Chisholm qualified for Athens but narrowly missed out on selection.
“There are great facilities here and beautiful parks like Willow Park and Jelbart,” he said.
And he’s been no stranger to the Border’s major courses.
Chisholm missed last year’s Fed Hill Challenge through injury but won Nail Can last year and was third this time around.
“I had a shocker in Nail Can Hill (this year),” he said.
“I was coming off a bit of an injury and a bit of a respiratory illness ... going up Nail Can I couldn’t breathe so I walked a bit, recovered and fought on.
“But it’s nice to come back and to now have a win in both major races in town.”
Chisholm described himself as semi-retired from running but the lure could prove too much and he said there was a chance he’d have a crack at the Commonwealth Games next year in the 1500 metres or steeplechase.
“To be honest I started running because dad was a runner,” Chisholm said.
“He ran so we all ran.
“Then one summer I started racing and now can’t imagine life without it — if I can’t run I get cranky.
“We’ll just see how I go.”