18 Dec 2016
Veteran runner Tim Potter has once again proven age is no barrier by holding on to take honours in the 2016 Rosebery Gift.
The 48-year-old crossed the line in a thrilling finish on Saturday in front of Wynyard’s Jordan Englund and Burnie’s David McRae.
Potter won with a time of 12.91 seconds with a 13.50 handicap with Englund close behind on 12.99 running from 8.25 in the red.
The carnivals veteran said this was his first time winning the Rosebery Gift after making the final around 20 times in his running career.
He said he always thought he would be a chance at the Rosebery event and although one of the senior runners, he would continue to compete for as long as he could.
“… I thought I’m just going to have to go for it and get away well, settle in the middle half of the race and come home with anything left,” Potter said.
He continued saying it felt special to be able to hold off the next generation of runners competing at the carnivals on such a difficult day for athletes.
“That’s the incentive these days, to make it hard for them, even though I’ve got the mark that still helps a little bit, you’ve still got to run reasonably well.”
With a drenched track under foot, it was a day for backmarkers as the heavy track challenged athletes throughout the day.
Potter made his way into the semi-finals of the Rosebery Gift with a win in his heat where he ran a time of 13.55.
He continued his form in the semi-final and made it through to the final after finishing third with his fastest time of the day in 12.67 seconds.
Potter took the win in the final in front of a strong field on the day with Alex Eiszele, Burnie’s Daniel Reeves and Brendan Smart rounding out the decider.
Potter said it meant a lot to him to finally capture the Rosebery Gift win after so many years of competing and he made special mention to running coach John Maguire.
The carnivals regular said he had been running with Maguire for almost 40 years now, after starting with him in Little Athletics at just seven years of age.