The Maffra Mile, a significant running event at the Maffra Agricultural Show, attracted athletes throughout Gippsland who took chase over the mile with a prize pool of $1500 up for grabs.

In the men’s category, local athlete and international miler Craig Huffer led from the start gun to claim his fourth successive victory in the Maffra Mile.

Second place was taken by another local athlete, Jett Schofield from Maffra, with Rhylee Stewart, a 15-year-old athlete from Hallora, securing third place. It’s worth noting that both Schofield and Stewart are coached by Craig Huffer at the Gippsland Track Club.

Craig Huffer (green singlet) won his fourth successive Maffra Mile, held as part of the Maffra Show. Photos: Contributed

The women’s race was equally exciting, featuring athletes from the Wellington Athletic Club and the Gippsland Track Club training group.

The women’s race involved tactical moves, with Debbie Husodo initiating the break from the pack. However, Sale’s Cassie Farley closely followed and took control in the final 300 metres to win her first Maffra Mile title. Glengarry’s Elly Fleming secured third place.

In the primary school footraces, there were a number of close finishes.

Race Winners: Anastasia Dwyer (9 yrs Girls), Taj Schuback (9yrs Boys), Lyla Hiskins (Girl 10-11yrs), Fletcher Wynne (Boys 10-11yrs), Ruby Mowat (12yrs Girls), and Thomas Kanavan (12yrs Boys).