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The first of the season’s “blue ribbon” events occurs this Sunday with the running of the time-honoured High on Penguin King/Queen of the Mountains.
The course is a tough 16.5km from Burnie Park. It travels via West Park Grove, Mooreville and West Mooreville Roads to the finish at Ridgley. It is mostly uphill and members look forward to this event to test their fitness and resolve.
Being much longer than events so far this year means the winner may be someone who hasn’t yet come to the fore but who loves the longer distances. Among this group, Chris Talbot, Michael Bates and Paul Birch must be considered chances
Of those who have been displaying great form, Owen Thomas stands out. Thomas has recorded some great results, including a second in the 8km race two weeks ago. Although he is not yet proven over this longer distance, his training and races to date suggest he should have no trouble with it.
Ann Horton competes strongly each week and could easily break the tape here.Michael Purton has been putting in some big kilometres in training while Bryan Tuit can never be discounted in any race.
One thing is for sure – whoever crosses the line first will be a deserving winner.
The gun will fire at 9:30 with Dale Lancaster first runner away on a handicap of 4:25.
Runners are reminded to wear timing chips and chest numbers.
A nominated time event will be held at 9:05.
The first in the trail run series, the Jacques Parcel Delivery 5 kilometre handicap at the Penguin Motocross track was run in beautiful weather conditions. A lack of recent rain meant the course was relatively dry and not wet and slippery as in previous runnings of this event.
The field was down a little in numbers with other events occurring elsewhere on the day, but still fifty eight starters enjoyed the tough terrain.
The race was a triumph for veteran competitor, Darren Brown, who recorded his ninth win with the club. Brown, who has been competing since 1981, had struggled with illness and injury over the past two years but proved he was almost back to his best with a gutsy win by the narrowest of margins from young gun, Ewen Troughton. Troughton actually hit the lead in the closing stages, but Brown, not to be outdone, fought hard to regain the lead and break the tape.
It was well-deserved as he travels from Hobart most weeks to compete, having moved there from the coast some years ago.
Ron Chequer was third after appearing the likely winner with a kilometre to run.
Stuart Greenhill started from the second front mark and led for a long way after overtaking front marker, Nat Luttrell. Greenhill managed to hang on for a promising seventh.
Fastest male and female were Brad Taylor, who finished a great sixth, and Lyn Saint-John respectively.
Earlier, nominated time winners were Robyn Luttrell, Ashley Fehlberg, Emily Aichberger and Milla Price
Here is the 2018 Registration Form
Please download and fill the form, then bring it with you to your first race.
This table covers every runner that started in 2017 (208).
Thanks to Eric Hughes for making this available.
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