Phelan was amazed to have won."When they called my name I didn't quite believe it."The Gift victories continue a superb run since he returned to competition."I gave athletics away when I was 18."At 34 I was overweight and thought I may as well have a go at getting fitter and racing."Phelan said trainer Max Binnington was a huge support."It's Max's birthday today (Sunday), so to win for him is fantastic."Phelan thanked long-time partner Jasmin and their children, Caiden and Tamia for their support of his athletics pursuit.
This year will be the 70th running of the Bendigo Five Thousand (Gift).
Runner-up was Marg Hignett (10.75m) 12.44 seconds as Edward Ware (8.25) fought on to be third in 12.47.First run in 1947 (as the Bendigo Thousand) it has been an integral part of the pro-running scene and still carries a fair amount of prestige.