A SPUR of the moment decision to take part in the kilt run paid off for Armadale youngster Bryson Miller after he won the race in eight minutes, 45 seconds, beating the nearest adult competitor by 30 seconds.
Bryson (8) had not trained for the event and only decided to go in it when his dad, Scott, said he was going to enter the run.
“He had a really good start in the 2.5km run and then about eight minutes later he came running through out of nowhere,” his proud mum Melanie said.
“He came first out of 156 people who entered.
“We were just absolutely gobsmacked and he had a time of 8 minutes and 45 seconds and I think he was between 30 and 40 seconds in front of the first adult to come through.”
Bryson was so excited that he kept going after a brief stop, running another lap of the 2.5km course.
“I stopped quickly and said ‘I came first’ and kept going,” he said.
“When I was in the race I was looking back and I couldn’t see anyone because I was coming first, I was happy.”
Melanie said Bryson had had a tough life after he was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was three-and-a-half but had not let the condition affect him.
“We were tremendously worried about the impact it would have on his life but he is someone who just gets up and keeps going; it does not stop him,” she said.
“It shows that if you do have any type of medical conditions you really can rise above it if you’ve got that will to keep going.
“He had two seizures before a sports carnival and still competed.”
Bryson is not involved in any athletics clubs but enjoys running and jogging with his mates and playing soccer for the Armadale Under-10s team.
He finished the last game of the season on a bright note, scoring a goal, and will be playing indoor soccer and trying gymnastics over the summer.