Paine Family Memorial

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The Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania members this week tackle the Paine Family Memorial 10 kilometre event at Burnie.

The race starts at the council depot in Three Mile Line and is a hilly course over Mooreville and West Mooreville Roads

Members who ran the 25 kilometre Iron Man Classic at Forth last Sunday are bound to be still feeling the effects, so the best chances might come from those who gave the Iron Man a miss.

Kerrie Murchie was a close fourth at Somerset in Race 13 and looks well suited. She has had several other top finishes and a win is surely not far away. Richard Lawson in his first year of running surprised with his effort in a recent 5km event and could pull this off, although it is a much more difficult course.

Other runners close to a win include Andrew Bates, Rebecca O’Garey and Ron Chequer and any of the three would not surprise with a win. Patrick McMullen is another who has been consistently improving and is sure to finish strongly.

Front marker, John Purton, has specialised in this race and will be in front for a long way.

Entries close at 9:30 with the race starting at 10:00.

The nominated time events at 9:05 will have extra prizes thanks to the Paine family so big fields are expected.

Iron Man Classic

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After an hour and a half of running and 25 gruelling kilometres, only 10 seconds separated the first two runners in the Burnie Trophy House/Troy Atkins Accounting Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania’s Iron Man Classic at Forth on Sunday.

Shearwater runner, Ben Hoare, who was one of the strong favourites for the event, held on to beat the rank backmarker, Thomas Murton, in a very exciting race. Hoare, whose father Chris had won this event back in 1993, was delighted with the win. He was not confident of winning until the final 200 metres, despite having taken the lead with about 2 kilometres to run, as he knew Murton was closing fast.

The race starts and finishes at the Forth football ground and takes in a circuit in the Forth Valley which includes some big hills after a gentle flat first 10 kilometres along Wilmot Road.

Sarah Hiller, off a front mark, lead for most of the race. She was closely pursued by Aileen Powell with Gerard Leary also looking a possible winner at the halfway mark at Melrose.

However there was no denying Hoare as he powered through the field until taking the lead on the downhill return to the Forth township.

Brad Taylor, Matthew Atkins and Mark Saint-John all ran excellent races to finish within the top six.

Thomas Murton (1:28:52) was fastest male with Sally Haynes (2:03:38) fastest female.

Earlier in the morning the winners in the nominated time events were Lisa Purton, Will van Rooyen and Laura Wilson.

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