Nick’s triple crown

Triple crown: Ocean Grove's Nick Wightman is all smiles after his victory in the 8km Bells Bash race at Jan Juc SLSC on Friday 15 January. 149042_01


OCEAN Grove champion runner Nick Wightman will shift his focus to track for Olympic trials after he claimed a rare historic triple fun run crown on 15 January.
The star local powered home in 24 minutes flat in the 8km Bells Bash last Friday evening, which added to his Mountain to Surf and Rip to River Classic victories earlier this month.
“It had been frustrating not getting the win in the Mountain to Surf over the last couple of years, so it was good to get all three wins in the one year,” Wightman said.
Wightman, an engineer, will compete in the 1500m and 5km events at the National Championships and Olympic trials in March and April.
“Yes that is the main aim just on the track,” he said.
“I have qualified for the trials, so it is just about keeping fit here – it would be good if I came top 10, top five is my aim.”
LOCAL Ocean Grove runner James Dalton produced his first podium finish in the summer fun runs after coming third in 24.37 in the 8km Bells Bash.