TOM Smith took out first place in the secondary boys 8km category at the Botanic to Bridge with a time of 30 minutes and 23 seconds, coming ninth overall.

The 15-year-old was born and bred in Gladstone and was happy to take out a win for the town.

"It was a great run - there were lots of competitors out there," he said.

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Tom and his dad often go running together to train for upcoming events.

"I've been running since I was 10 - my dad got me into it because he has always been into running too," he said.

"We live on a big acreage so we can train from home and run around the property."

TOM Smith took out first place in the secondary boys 8km category and was ninth overall.
TOM Smith took out first place in the secondary boys 8km category and was ninth overall.

Tom made it all the way to the state championships for cross-country.

"Cross-country was a challenge - I was just happy that I made it that far. But I'm pretty happy with the place I came in the end," he said.

Tom said he would love to get into marathon running or even to compete in a triathalon one day.

"I love the feeling I get when I'm running - I don't know how to describe it but it's pretty cool," he said.

Tom hopes to study sports science when he leaves school.



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