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Bendigo - Duo eye hometown win

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1 Bendigo - Duo eye hometown win on Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:55 am


Bendigo Advertiser
March 8, 2016, 2:17 p.m.

CHEERS from hundreds of hometown fans will play a key role for athletes Andy Buchanan and Matthew Heislers at this weekend’s Bendigo International Madison carnival.

Buchanan is gearing up for another tilt at the Champions IGA Backmarkers Mile 1609m to be run at 7.30pm on Sunday at the Tom Flood Sports Centre.

Heislers will mark his first hit-out on the Victorian Athletics League circuit in Saturday night’s Ray Foley Memorial 800m at 7.38pm.

The 17-year-old who competes with Eaglehawk Athletics Club has run the Richard Kitt Memorial 1500m at previous Madison carnivals, but faces a massive jump in class.

“It’s a challenge and experience I am looking forward to,” said the runner likely to carry the tag of being the youngest in the field.

One of many career highs for Buchanan was victory in the Backmarkers Mile at the Bendigo International Madison five years ago.

“The roar from the crowd really lifts you,” said the Bendigo University Athletics Club member.

In recent years he has played a key role as coach for Heislers and several other rising stars on the Athletics Bendigo circuit.

“Matt has really improved a lot this season,” Buchanan said.
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“He is racing aggressively and confidently.”

Heislers and Buchanan have racked up plenty of kilometres in training to prepare for their two-lap and four-lap dashes for glory.

The pair train alongside one another three or four times a week.

Heislers said a lot of Buchanan’s tips had helped.

The year 12 student at Girton Grammar achieved a personal best of 1:57.6 when he ran in an 800m heat at the latest Milers Club meet at Melbourne University.

He won gold in the under-20 1500m at the Victoria Country titles run at Geelong’s Landy Field.

He said work on lifting the pace mid-race or near the finish played a big part in his success.

“I really enjoy the tactics of racing,” Heislers said.

A big season for Buchanan has included the 3km race at the Hunter Classic in Newcastle, a 5km duel at the Briggs Classic in Hobart, and fourth place in the open 1600m at the Victorian titles.

Athletics coach for the Athlete Development Program at Bendigo South East Secondary College, Buchanan has a personal best of 3:46 in the 1500m.

As backmarker or close to it, Buchanan knows the chase in Sunday’s final will not be easy, but the satisfaction of a win, placing or fast time makes all the training worthwhile.

Once their Madison runs are complete the focus will switch to the Bendigo Bank Dragon Mile on Easter Sunday in the city’s centre.

Buchanan won last year’s contest.

2 Re: Bendigo - Duo eye hometown win on Wed Mar 09, 2016 3:23 pm


pity they werent val members

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