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Race 22 of the season, the Kevin Brown Memorial/Brown Family 13.5km handicap was run at Gunns Plains in perfect conditions.
Runners relished the mostly flat course, although the distance of 13.5 kilometres can be a testing one.
Run as a circuit taking in both sides of the Leven River, the race started and commenced at Wings Wildlife Park.
Race favourite, Burnie runner Kelly Baxter, was a very deserving winner after going close in so many races over the last couple of years.
After commencing with the Club in 2014, Baxter took out her first win the following year at Wivenhoe but hadn’t been able to break through again until Sunday. Although she prefers flat courses, she is now going to challenge herself by running the Point to Pinnacle in Hobart in November.
After taking the lead from frontmarker, Dale Lancaster, with about two kilometres to run, Baxter held on to defeat Nick Young and her co-marker, Mary-Lou Troughton. Terry Watson and Russell Horton continued their good form to record the next two placings.
Others who look on track for the Feature Race in two weeks include Josh Febey, Mark-Saint-John and Andrew Hay, while backmarker Thomas Murton stormed through the field to record fastest time and finish sixth.
Fastest woman was Natasha Mapley. She was eleventh across the line.
The nominated time winners were Mitchell and Hannah Elphinstone, James Frankcombe and Mackenzie Troughton.
Please note that these are provisional results.
Gunns Plains is the venue of the Kevin Burn Memorial/Brown Family 13.5km handicap to be raced over a circuit course taking in both sides of the Leven River starting at Wings’ Wildlife Park.
With the Feature Race just two weeks away, members will be looking for a good strong hit out over this longer distance.
Club races run the last three weeks have all been won by women members and one of the best chances this week is also a woman who has shown the distance will suit her perfectly.
Although she was only eleventh in last week’s six kilometre event, Kelly Baxter was an excellent second in the recent half marathon showing she is extremely fit and ready to win. She will certainly look a likely victor at some stage of the run.
Terry Watson has impressed in recent races and could be the main danger following his second two weeks ago at Railton.
Others who look strong chances include Russell Horton, Andrew Hay, and the winner of this event last year, Amie Bramich. Although rehandicapped, Bramich has continued to improve and has looked a likely winner for some time.
Entries will close at 9:30, with the race starting at 10:00.
Entries for the Feature Race also close this Sunday and can be made at the race or on the PCCCT website.
A nominated time event will be conducted at 9:15.
The Feature Race this year will be run on September 8. Entries close two weeks earlier at the end of Sunday 25th August.
Entries will be taken at the race at Gunns Plains this Sunday or you can enter now using this link:
Here is important information regarding the Feature Race. We ask you to read this carefully: Feature Race Details 2019
Calcutta books can be purchased at next week’s race and must be returned the following week. Please note: the draw (Tuesday Sep 3 7:00pm) and the auction (Friday Sep 6 7:30pm) will both take place at The Point – NOT at the Burnie SLSC as previously advised.
How does the Calcutta work? Find out here: Calcutta Rules
Please note: you can also donate by direct deposit to:
Please put “Troughton Appeal” as the reference.
For those who may not be aware: Isaac Troughton and his fiancée, Maddi, had a baby boy 4 weeks ago who was born at 24 weeks gestation – so very premature.
While he is making progress, Maddi and Isaac are facing big hurdles in the near term as mum and bub need to remain in Hobart with Isaac travelling.
Your committee has decided to organise a cash collection for the young family. So if you would like to contribute, please bring some money in an envelope to the run at Molly Malone’s this week or to Gunns Plains next week. It can be handed to me or Barry.
If you would like to include a note or card feel free. The donations will be pooled and forwarded to Isaac and Maddi in a couple of weeks.
Many thanks, Rod.
At the committee meeting last night (May 13th) some decisions were made that we would like to share with you.
First, there was strong support from members for the 5 km Fish Frenzy race on July 14 to be a massed start, sealed handicap event. This race doubles as the Club 5 km championship. The committee decided to make this race a sealed handicap for this year.
Second, Hayden Bishop had offered to set up a system to enable us to take on-line entries and registrations. He kindly attended and demonstrated how it would work. The committee agreed to trial the system for the Ironman Classic, run on July 7. Stay tuned for more information.
Finally, it was decided to allow nominated time runners who are 12, 13 or 14 years old, to run in Club 5 km and 6 km events as non-competitive entrants. They would be timed by hand timers (not chip) and of course not be eligible for prize money. The handicapper would place them on a mark which would mean they wouldn’t finish near the front of the race. Thus they couldn’t affect results nor break the tape. We expect only two or three of our nominated time members will be involved in this way.
Several races require pre-entry a week (Feature Race two weeks) ahead. Club Membership is also required to enter these events
You can download the forms here.
If posting entries, send with cheque or postal order to PO Box 561, Burnie 7320.
The start of the season (March 24th) is rapidly approaching. Here is the registration form. Please save time at the first race, by downloading it and bringing it filled in.
Pat McMahon is our handicapper for 2019. He has asked that these notes be provided to runners to give an indication of how he will undertake the difficult task of handicapping our races this year.
Handicapping PCCCT 2019 Season
I thank the Club for the opportunity to perform duty as Handicapper for the 2019 Season. All systems aren’t infallible. I am not a computer savvy person but I have certain guidelines to enable all persons to be able to compete on an equitable basis.
My Guidelines when handicapping competitors :
All persons are entitled to a win providing consistent performance to their ability.
Consistent running to ability can only be measured by performance over a number of races.
Consistent Performance cannot be measured by poor form, injury or sickness.
New competitors will be given a mark in accordance with information given or obtained and after performances that mark may be readjusted.
New competitors should be competing for a win at least halfway through a season.
A competitor will not be penalised for consistent running to their ability.
A Handicapper competing in Club Races will not have an improvement on his handicap unless it is sanctioned by the Committee.
Ability is commensurate to age and gender.
It is an aim to have the majority of a race to finish in a three minute time frame. (Excluding poor form, sickness or injury)
Winners will only be penalised to be able to be competitive at the top end of the field, if in form.
We are not competing for sheep stations so all persons should be able to compete on an even basis, enjoy the moment, the company and atmosphere.
It is good to be alive and be able to front up . We are a long time dead.
We are fortunate to have a Club that is able and willing to provide an array of running races and social events for an affordable amount .
All the best for the upcoming season.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS.These links below download our Constitution (drafted in 1968 and with amendments of 1998, 2009, 2013 and 2017) and our Code of Conduct which every member is invited to sign off and agree to at the start of every season as part of the registration process. It's important that you're familiar with the Code as it outlines the expectations the club and other club members have of you. The documents are also available in the Information section of this site.
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