After last week’s tough 16.5 race from Burnie to Ridgley, Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania members will be looking forward to a gentler assignment this Sunday.
The WT House Betta Home Living “Steve Hanson Memorial” 8 kilometre handicap will be conducted at Stanley.
The race commences at the Stanley Oval and comprises a beautiful circuit around the Green Hills. It is the next in the series of “Blue Ribbon” races and a victory is prized by members. The shorter distance will suit front and middle markers and it may well be Louise Morse who will be accepting the trophy. Morse has been consistently close in the shorter events and the 8 kilometre will suit her perfectly.
Another front marker who has been showing form is Ron Chequer. Chequer did not start last week, preferring to assist on a drink station, and with his fresh legs will look a chance as the leaders run back into the township. He has been leaving his large group of co-markers well behind early on with very fast starts.
The main chances among the middle markers look to include Russell Horton and Andrew Aichberger – the latter being another of the young up-and-comers in the club. Kerrie Murchie or Kelly Baxter could also win without surprising.
The race starts at the slightly later time of 10:30 with entries closing at 10:00. There will be nominated time events at 9:45. All welcome
The “Railton Rocket”, Gerard Lowry, was a popular winner of the Professional Cross Country Club’s High-on-Penguin “King of the Mountains” race on Sunday. The tough 16.5km run begins at Burnie Park and makes its way to Ridgley via Brickport, Mooreville and West Mooreville Roads.
Lowry had previously won this race in 2008 and eight years later, at the age of 57, he still ran less than two minutes slower than his previous winning time.
He has since won the prestigious Wynyard to Burnie Feature Race (in 2012) which was his last win. On Sunday he had a tremendous tussle with the second and third placegetters, Mark Saint-John and newcomer to the club, Owen Britt, before beating Saint-John by 2 seconds in a sprint to the line.
Lowry starts from a tough mark and, allowing for age, it could be argued he is the best runner in the club.
Frontmarker John Purton led for much of the race before being overtaken with about 4 kilometres to go by Pat McMahon who then looked like the winner until Ridgley was in sight when the fast-finishing backmarkers swarmed past. McMahon looks very close to a win.
Club champion, Thomas Murton, stormed through the field to finish fourth and record the fastest time. Other backmarkers, Ben Hoare and Greg Smith were the next to finish.
The battle among the women for fastest time was intriguing. Eventually Rebecca de Groot took out that honour as Sally Haynes faded late.
Earlier in the day, the nominated time event winners were Kathryn Greenhill, Ben Saint-John and Mackenzie Troughton.
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PCCCT Inc, PO Box 591, Burnie Tas 7320
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