Spottiswood at the summit of fitness

ROCKHAMPTON runner Kelly Spottiswood spoiled a McDiarmid husband-and-wife double victory in the race up Rockhampton's Mt Archer on Sunday.

The Rockhampton Road Runners' King/Queen of the Mountain race was last run in 2002 when Gladstone's Greg McDiarmid won the 7.5km men's race.

McDiarmid successfully defended his men's title this year creating a break 1km into the 5km climb to cover the distance in 40 minutes and 25 seconds and win from Michael McGrath and Jim Ford.

Spottiswood (46 minutes 48 seconds) was the first woman across the line after chasing down leader Kate McDiarmid, Greg's wife, who eventually placed second. Lyn Lewis placed third.

Spottiswood said she felt strong after passing the saddle and gradually decreased the gap to take the lead about 1km from the finish line.

Race organisers are hopeful the event will become a permanent fixture on the club's calendar.

Club president Jim Ford said Mt Archer provided one of the few opportunities in Queensland for a road mountrain race near a city so the club had to make the effort to rebuild the tradition.

Mt Archer will again feature on September 11 when Rockhampton Road Runners host a 13km cross country Turkey Chase to the summit.



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