FORMER Inverell athlete Hugh Williams cemented his name in an elite club of Tamworth Ten runners who have won the event on multiple occasions.
The middle to long -distance runner blitzed the field on Sunday to finish almost three minutes in front of second placed Ben Abell.
Williams was already part of a nine person club who have won the event twice, having taken the honours in 2008 and 2009, before moving to Sydney.
This year’s time of 32.02s is a lot quicker than his previous wins, courtesy of his Sydney training program for cross-country and track events.
Having competed here as a child several times, and being unable to return since his last win, this 40th year meant a lot to him, especially after “bombing out” of the City to Surf last week.
“This race is part of who I am. It was a big part of my childhood so it is great to come back and win it again,” Williams said.
“The new course is a lot better without the dirt section, it is as flat as a tack which makes it easy to find your stride.
“I had a very good run and settled into my rhythm quickly, so no complaints.”
Being one of only nine people to win the race more than once holds a very special place in the young runner’s heart.
“This race is what made me the runner I am today, growing up it was part of my life and I looked forward to it every year,” Williams said.
Williams now has his eyes set on a berth in the Australian 10km track championships to be held in Melbourne later in the year.