Race 14: The Burnie Trophy Centre/Troy Atkins Accounting “Ironman/woman Classic” 25 km at Forth

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Race fourteen of the PCCCT season, the Burnie Trophy House/Troy Atkins Accounting twenty five kilometre “Ironman/woman Classic” at Forth, was a triumph for one of the pre-race favourites, Devonport runner, Greg Smith.

However he needed to pull out every bit of his energy and resolve to overtake the other favourite, the gallant Rick Ferguson, which he did with a couple of hundred metres to run. Ferguson, knowing Smith was in great form and loved this course, went out very hard early in the race and the effort told at the end as he was narrowly defeated. After twenty five kilometres, the margin was only fifty four seconds.

This was Smith’s third win in the event. He prefers the longer races and he is also a multiple winner of the Club’s marathons. This victory was especially pleasing for him as he has had to overcome a persistent calf injury.

Backmarker Bryan Tuit ran a fantastic race to finish third and also took out fastest time honours.

Hayden Bishop was fourth with the first woman to finish, Amie Bramich, putting in a terrific effort to finish fifth.

Other runners to catch the eye were Justin Gossage who was having his first run with the club and finished sixth just in front of the fastest woman, Ellen Elphinstone.

Gerard Lowry. Debbie Riley and Kyle Groenewege rounded out the ten

Earlier the nominated time winners were Will van Rooyen, Lachie Riley, Emily Aichberger and Heath Bramich.

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Forth: The Burnie Trophy House/Troy Atkins Accounting “Ironman and Ironwoman Classic” 25km

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Ironman and woman handicaps 2018

The next event on the PCCCT calendar is the Burnie Trophy Centre/ Troy Atkins Accounting Ironman and Ironwoman Classic at Forth.

At twenty-five kilometres, it is not as long as the marathon, but is considered by many as the toughest run of the year due to the extremely hilly terrain covered.

Starting at Forth it takes in a circuit in the Forth Valley comprising Wilmot and Paloona Roads to Melrose and return via Forthside Road.

The event best suits fit backmarkers who have proven records over these longer distances.

One who ticks all the boxes is Devonport runner Greg Smith. Smith won last year’s marathon and after a slow start to the year while overcoming injury, he has started to run into some top form, showing promise in shorter events.

His main danger will be backmarker, Brad Taylor who was second in the recent PCCCT marathon, while Hayden Bishop and Michael Purton must also be considered.

Best of the middle markers could be Rick Ferguson who caught the eye with sixth at Stanley last week and likes longer races. His co-marker Shane Cleaver will fancy his chances as will Amie Bramich, Debbie Riley and Anna Murton who all have recent good form.

Kyle Groenewege and Matthew Rolls are others who have been threatening to win for some time and it could be this week.

Entries have closed with the first runner starting at 9:00.

 A nominated time event will be held at 9:05.

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