His foray into running has only been fairly recent but Evan Goodstat managed to claim victory in the Bathurst Half Marathon on Sunday.
The Dubbo native has a background of playing soccer, so it's not like running is something new to him, but with his playing days over, he's excelling in competitive running.
Goodstat said his time was a bit slower then what he would've liked but said he was pleased to claim victory, as he competed in the Bathurst Half Marathon for the first time.
"Solo the whole way is always difficult. No one really wanted to tuck in behind and help make the pace," he said.
"The time was a bit slower then what I would've hoped for, but it's always good to get the win.
"I'm only fairly new to running really. I've got more of a soccer background. I'm 40 now, so I'm too old for soccer, so I've taken up running and it's so far so good.
"There's always improvement, but I'll keep training hard and see what I can do."
Goodstat finished the Bathurst Half Marathon in a time of 1:18:57, finishing 32 seconds ahead of Chris Pooley in second, while Matthew Ferguson came in at third in a time of 1:19:41.
Goodstat explained that he made the decision to make the trip down to Bathurst for the race due to a lack of events on due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The time was a bit slower then what I would've hoped, but it's always good to get the win.Evan Goodstat
"I was just looking for a race that was around and this one came up," he said.
"There's obviously been a shortage of races throughout COVID, so seeing this one, being pretty close to home and easy to drive down to.
"The course is nice and flat and I'm not too sure, the two course laps are always difficult.
"You come around one lap and then you know you've got a whole other loop to go plays with the mind a bit, but the course was good."
While winning the race overall he also won his age category of 35-44.
Samuel Torley was victorious in the 15-24 age group (he finished fifth), second placed runner Pooley won the 25-34 category, David Adams was the winner in the 45-54 ages (he finished 11th) and Stephen Jackson won the 55-64 category.
David Ault was the only runner in the 65 and over age group (he finished 33rd), while Joshua Jackson was the only under 15s runner (he finished in 19th).
TOP 20 MALE: 1 Evan Goodstat, 2 Chris Pooley, 3 Matthew Ferguson, 4 Blair Hurst, 5 Samuel Torley, 6 Nicholas Zawadski, 7 Wes Gibson, 8 Sam Harma, 9 Matthew Eaton, 10 Gavin Hill, 11 David Adams, 12 Alan Fleming, 13 Jamie Rivett, 14 Ben Young, 15 Tim Robbins, 16 Paul Russell, 17 Warren Drury, 18 Samridh Nagar, 19 Joshua Jackson, 20 Stephen Jackson
For full results visit https://www.racetecresults.com.
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