Devonport athlete Bryan Tuit has won the first race of the club’s season as he claimed the Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania’s SportsPower 5km handicap at Wivenhoe on Sunday.
(Photo: Tuit and Sportspower Burnie rep Kade Brakey)
A member of the successful Meercroft training group Tuit expressly thanked his fellow training partners Shaun Harding and Troy Atkins for his victory.
Another Devonport athlete Andrew Plapp was second and looked at one stage that he may be able to hold Tuit out but was overtaken with about 100 metres left to race.
Sunday was Tuit’s third club win of his four years with the professionals with the previous sash awarded at Wynyard in 2012.
Last year’s runner-up, young Thomas Murton ran well from his backmark to secure fourth place just behind Jono Price while Devonport’s Shaun Harding posted a great time for fifth.
Sunday’s new temporary out and back course from the Wivenhoe Showgrounds to Old Surrey Road was welcomed by many.
Somerset’s Kaye Madden ran well as did Tyler Wilson and Troy Reader also impressed with a top performance.
Murton collected fastest time honours with a terrific sub 17-minute time and Judy Ray was the fastest female.
SPORTSPOWER Wivenhoe 5km top ten 2014
(Name, Handicap, Race Time, Actual Time)
1 Bryan Tuit 0:13:30 0:31:09 0:17:39
2 Andrew Plapp 0:06:45 0:31:16 0:24:31
3 Jono Price 0:13:15 0:31:19 0:18:04
4 Thomas Murton 0:14:30 0:31:21 0:16:51
5 Shaun Harding 0:12:30 0:31:23 0:18:53
6 Ron Chequer 0:08:30 0:31:27 0:22:57
7 Kim Reader 0:08:30 0:31:31 0:23:01
8 Kaye Madden 0:07:00 0:31:31 0:24:31
9 Dallas van Rooyen 0:11:45 0:31:32 0:19:47
10 Rodney Viney 0:06:15 0:31:34 0:25:19