Blood, Peart share Surf 'T' Surf walk victory

A VETERAN and a rising star shared the Surf  ‘T’ Surf six-kilometre walk spoils.

Wendouree’s Andrew Blood snared his eighth men’s title, while Ballarat youngster Jemma Peart celebrated a breakthrough win at the Warrnambool fun run.

Blood, 39, finished in 29 minutes and four seconds.

Jemma, 12, clocked 34.47.

Blood, whose Surf ‘T’ Surf personal best is 27.30, said his aim was to win 10 titles.

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“Hopefully I’ll be back next year to get another one,” he said. “I just enjoy this event. When we were kids, dad brought us down to Warrnambool for holidays and my brothers started then but I was too young. 

“When I turned 20 I decided to come back and I have been doing it since.”

Carl Murphy (35.08) and Ben Rippon (36.17) filled the podium.

“It wasn’t as quick as last year but conditions were a bit harder with the wind,” Blood said.

“Once I got to the top of the hill I had a look behind and there wasn’t much there.”

Jemma, who is related to Australian walker Jared Tallent, said she was pleased with her win.

“It was really fun and lots of people were trying their best,” she said.

Warrnambool’s Jay Rantall won the 3km Lap of the Lake.

Jay, 12, represented Victoria at the School Sport Australian under 12 basketball championships in August.

SWH Maniacs (10km run), The Incredibles (6km run) and Hotel Warrnambool (6km walk)  took out the teams’ events, while Port Fairy Consolidated School won the primary schools’ challenge. 

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