MICHAEL Hosking made it a one-act affair of the Cumberoona Run in steamy conditions along the Murray River yesterday.
The 28-year-old covered the eight-kilometre run in 27 minutes, 10 seconds as his wife, who has a month before the arrival of the first child, waited at the finish line.
Bundalong’s Stephanie Elliott won her second Cumberoona Run despite an asthma attack mid race.
Hosking’s goal is Nail Can Hill and turning the tables on triathlete Jesse Featonby.
“I’ve been second three times but I’m going to give it a real go this year,” he said.
“Featonby will be the gauge, I haven’t beaten him and don’t know whether he is coming back to defend the title but that’s the goal.
“I wanted to go in a race today because I was just sick of training by myself and the other two stuck with me in the first kilometre but then I broke away.
“It’s a great course, a bit hilly, a bit of dirt — just a god test. But I know I will have to do better to have a shot at winning Nail Can Hill.”
Elliott was the 11th person home in a field of more than 90 runners in a time of 32:26.
“It wasn’t my best but its still a great run in what were pretty hot conditions,” she said.
“I struggled with an asthma attack mid race, I get it when it’s too hot or too cold so that made it pretty tough today.”