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Dunbar wins Rye gift again

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1 Dunbar wins Rye gift again on Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:44 pm



Rye Gift: Cam Dunbar too strong, again

Peninsula Weekly
18 Jan, 2012

CAM Dunbar has become just the second man to win two Rye Gifts after taking out Saturday's 120-metre showcase at Rowley Reserve.

Dunbar, 30, matched Peter O'Dwyer's 1989 and 2008 feat when he took out the $5000 Rye event after first winning the annual handicap race in 2004.

The Ringwood Athletics Club runner, who has numerous victories in gifts since 2004, said the nerves were in check ahead of the 11am final.

"I guess the experience factor is different, having the confidence and knowing what to do in a final situation. There was one point where a runner broke and you had to re-settle and go again."

Dunbar, who won the Euroa and Keilor gifts in 2010, said the Rye Gift win had taken the monkey off his back after a string of placings over the summer months last year.

"Obviously, I have been planning to win a race all year," he said. "It was great to win a second Rye. I won back in 2004 and I think that only two have done that.

"It's pretty much week by week for me now that I have won a race I can pretty much relax and enjoy the rest of the season."

The son of Rick Dunbar, who won Scotland's famous Powderhall Sprint in 1963 while training under the legendary Jim Bradley, won the gift in a time of 12.2 seconds.

After a false start and then a hold-up to quieten some children who were ringing a bell on the sidelines, Dunbar (off a 7.75m handicap) proved too strong for Kevin Brittain (5.75m) and Mark Hignett (11.5m).

Dunbar is planning on running in Saturday night's St Albans Gift before targeting the Wangaratta and Albury gifts.

Eleni Gilden won the 120-metre women's Diamond Gift off a handicap of 10.75 metres, defeating Kim McDongough and Nadia Domaschenz.

2 Re: Dunbar wins Rye gift again on Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:45 pm



Rye Gift: Cam Dunbar wins for second time

Peninsula Weekly
18 Jan, 2012

THOUSANDS flocked to the Rye football oval for the annual Rye Gift athletics carnival on Saturday.

The main race was won by Cam Dunbar, who ran on a handicap of 7.75 metres in a time of 12.45 seconds. Dunbar previously won the event in 2004.

Second was Kevin Brittain off a handicap of 5.75 metres and a finishing time of 12.50 seconds for the 120-metre event.

Mark Hignett came third off a handicap of 11.50 seconds and a finishing time of 12.50 seconds.

In the women's Diamond race, also over 120 metres, Eleni Gilden won with a time of 14.325 seconds off a 10.75-metre handicap, from Kim McDonough (13 metres) in a finishing time of 14.372 seconds. Nadia Domaschenz came in third off a handicap of eight metres in 14.182 seconds.

Rye Sports and Social Club secretary Robyn Vanlieshout said children enjoyed a giant slide and rock climbing at the event and that all the spectators were well behaved.

Sporting clubs also joined in the action with the annual 1200-metre football race. Red Hill Football Club took out the event, followed closely by Rye, Dromana and Rosebud. First across the line was 17-year-old Brody Egan of Rye Football Club.

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