Devonport’s Bryan Tuit has won the challenging Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania’s Ray Spinks CRC 12km handicap at Somerset on Sunday.
Hitting the lead after overtaking veteran Rod Viney with a couple of hundred metres left to race Tuit was among a small band of backmarkers as they swooped on the leaders along Cardigan Street in view of the finishing tape.
Now in the sixth year with the club Sunday is Tuit’s fourth trophy with his previous win being last year’s first race of the season at Wivenhoe.
Despite a number of promising performances with his times noticeably faster, his win really has come as a surprise after not having registered a top ten finish this year.
As predicted the race favoured the backmarkers, starting at the Somerset Soccer Ground and immediately climbing the gradual yet consistent 4km grade of the Murchinson Highway.
Village Lane provides a small down-hill respite before a demanding uphill that starts a section that eventually leads runners around onto the Seabrook Road and back into Somerset.
Teenager Thomas Murton was terrific with an exciting sprint to the line to cross seconds ahead of Aaron Robertson and Greg Smith.
Race sponsor with 900 club runs Ray Spinks edged out David Sweetman to finish in the first ten while John Badcock ran well over the difficult layout.
Past winner of this race, Penguin’s Judy Ray, handled the course better than most as she completed distance as fastest female.
One of the quickest runners in the State, Sam Fergusson, easily captured fastest time honours as he passed the majority of the field before crossing the line just outside the first ten places.