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The next race in the PCCCT season is another of the popular off-road trail runs when members will meet at Fernglade for The Wilkinson’s Pharmacy six kilometre handicap.
The course starts at the Pony Club grounds and consists of a circuit in Fernglade followed by another in the vicinity of the grounds.
With all the wet weather of recent days, there are sure to be many muddy, slippery patches to test the sure-footedness of competitors.
It will be interesting to see how those who completed the marathon last Sunday back up for this shorter event. A runner who didn’t run last week and who looks perfectly suited here is Isaac Troughton.
Very capable over all distances, Troughton particularly enjoys off-road conditions and the hills will also be to his liking. He has several placings this year, the latest being at Penguin over similar terrain when he was a very close second. In addition, he was third in this race last year.
Young runners, Josh Febey and Andrew Bates, also look well suited and wins for both are overdue. Febey in particular has had several placings and a win would be well deserved.
Other chances look to be Hayden Bishop, Amie Bramich and Anna Murton. If there is to be surprise, it could come from Michelle d’Monte or Ellen Elphinstone.
Entries will close at the normal time of 9:30, with the race starting at 10:00.
A nominated time event will be conducted at 9:05.
The longest race of the PCCCT season is a full marathon, the Greg and Dianne Woodhouse 42.195 kilometre handicap. The course takes competitors from River Park at Ulverstone to the end of the Esplanade at Turners Beach and return, twice.
Perfect weather greeted competitors in the 2019 version which was run last Sunday.
A smallish but quality field faced the starter, with all but three completing the gruelling event. The winner was Karina Mason who had set herself for this race by increasing her training over the last month following a two week overseas trip which freshened her legs.
Already a duel winner of the PCCCT half-marathon, Mason was delighted to add this event to her list of wins, it being her eighth marathon overall.
The gallant Matthew Atkins had to be content with second after also running second two years ago. Next to finish were Hobart runner, Michelle Chopping, Shane Hanson and Chris Talbot. For Talbot, this was his forty-second completed marathon. Atkins and Chopping had the fastest male and female times
For those wanting an easier run, the Rod and Judith Priestly five kilometre handicap was conducted. Somerset runner, Lorraine Shepheard, finally broke through for a win after four years with the club, with Hayden Bishop and Simon Gates filling the placings. Bishop tied with Ben Saint-John for fastest male while Lyn Saint-John was fastest female.
Earlier the nominated time winners were Tom Winkel, Alicia Bramich, Ashley Fehlberg and Brian Paine.
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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