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8 June, 2021

Blazing trail left by young athlete

A YOUNG Tolga State School Student has been blitzing running records left right and centre as he heads to Ipswich for Peninsula cross country in July.

By Rhys Thomas

Tolga’s Archie Kefford has been in flying form on the track recently.

A YOUNG Tolga State School Student has been blitzing running records left right and centre as he heads to Ipswich for Peninsula cross country in July. 

9-year-old Archie Kefford has smashed his school record, district record and the peninsula record all in quick succession. 

This is not his own accolade however as young Archie also claims the title of being the first 10-year-old to run the 2km cross country course in under 7 minutes. 

All of this within starting to run just two short years ago is a clear sign of his natural ability and love for running. 

Archie’s father Wal Kefford said that Archie taking an interest in running and being naturally gifted at it was something he did not see coming. 

“He has always been a busy kid with soccer and what not, always running around but never actually into running as such,” he said.

“It was a massive surprise for us, me and my wife aren’t runners as such we were both sporty kids but not running so for Archie to be so good it came out of left field. 

“He’s just quite naturally gifted at running.” 

Archie will also be taking the trip down to Brisbane on July 31 to compete in the Athletics QLD Cross Country Event and if successful in making it into the top 16, the QLD Cross Country Team is within reach. 

The Kefford family are hoping to raise money to get Archie down to the southeast corner of Queensland for these events by running local raffles and cake stalls.  


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