Buchanan continues strong form

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 19-Jan-2018

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Andy Buchanan after his Mountain to Surf win. Photo: Mark Dadswell.
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GUN long-distance runner Andy Buchanan has restated his aim of running in national colours after another impressive win.

The 26-year-old took the honours in the Mountain to Surf event at Lorne on Friday in close to race record time.

Buchanan finished just six seconds off the race record, set by Australian running legend Steve Moneghetti.

The win over the eight-kilometre course continues a sensational year for the Bendigo product, including a national 10km cross country title.

He finished clear of two-time Olympian Collis Birmingham and Nick Wightman

“I didn’t know my time was that close to the record,” he said.

“To be sub 23 minutes it means a fair bit, Monners (Steve Moneghetti) ran quick here and he’s such a legend of Australian running so to be close to him it’s really good.”

He said he still harbours ambitions to run for his country, which are only being improved by his recent form.

Birmingham said Buchanan was far too strong.

“Andy ran really well, I was with him up the first hill but then on the downhill he sped away and that was about it, he’s running well and hopefully we see that continue on into the track season for him,” he said.

Buchanan’s goals are firmly set on green and gold.

“I’d love to make an Australian team that’s my next big step,” Buchanan said. 

“It’s quite hard these days because we’ve got a really big strength of distance running... It’s really tough to make the team for the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games so hopefully maybe like a World Cross Team but I’d love to wear the Australian colours. 

“You’ve got to dream big, if you don’t have those aspirations you just get stuck being a good runner in Victoria but I want to be a good runner in Australia and competing for Australia.”

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