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The Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania heads to Railton this Sunday for the Anvers Confectionery 10 kilometre handicap. The picturesque course comprises a circuit which starts at Goliath Park and traverses tracks and country roads including one tough hill at about half way.
With the Feature Race just two weeks away, runners will be looking to test their fitness and some excellent performances can be expected.
After an unlucky run last week Ken Troughton will start favourite. Troughton finished a close fourth being caught with about two hundred metres to run after missing a turn early in the race, and losing valuable seconds. He has also had some other close finishes, including a second just two weeks ago.
Brad Taylor finished hard into third last week from a back mark. The extra distance will suit him perfectly and could see him break through for his first win.
Other runners who have been very consistent and who could easily break the tape include father and son, Dwayne and Lachlan Barry while Anna Murton and Kerrie Murchie could win without surprising.
Entries close at 9:30 with the race commencing at 10:00. There will be nominated time races at 9:05.
Members are reminded that entries for the Feature Race close this Sunday.
A hilly, slippery course in parklands at the rear of Hellyer College didn’t prevent Smithton runner, Aaron Robertson, from an excellent win in the Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania’s 5 kilometre handicap on Sunday.
Robertson was delighted with the victory which comes in his third season back running after an enforced 8 year lay-off due to a persistent injury. He kept fit during that time with cycling and still cycles regularly as part of his training.
He had won one race previously, in 2003, at Sisters Beach and after taking the lead with only 200 metres to run, hung on to beat Mark Saint-John and Brad Taylor. A gallant Ken Troughton, who must have thought he had the race won until Robertson swept past, finished fourth.
Troughton had lost about half a minute early in the race after missing a turn and must be considered very unlucky.
The course conditions provided a challenge and for many runners the main battle was to stay upright. However, it was enjoyed by most as a break from running on hard surfaces.
Tim Dowling and Tony Wilson ran excellent races to finish seventh and ninth respectively.
Fastest time for the males was recorded by Brad Taylor (20:03) with Michelle D’Monte fastest female in 25:06.
Earlier the nominated time winners were Isabelle Murchie, Ashley Fehlberg, Lucy van Rooyen and Brian Paine.
Some races require entries before the day of the race. The entry forms for those are below so you can download them. They can be handed in to the Club van or sent, with the appropriate entry fee, to:
PCCCT Inc, PO Box 591, Burnie Tas 7320
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