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Your Committee would like all 2019 members and Life Members who can possibly attend to do so.
Some unfortunate incidents occurred after race 25 on September 15 at Burnie Netball Centre (the Big Six), involving three Club members.
As per the Club Constitution Section 31 (link below), your Committee investigated and found all three had breached the Club Code of Conduct (link below).
Consequently, two members were expelled from the Club and the third suspended.
The Constitution allows suspended and expelled members to appeal their sanctions to a special general meeting and two of the three have appealed.
- Welcome and brief explanation of proceedings
- Details of the penalties imposed by the committee and the reason for the penalties
- Up to five minute break for the appellants to prepare to be heard by the meeting
- The member suspended may speak to the meeting, should he wish (five minutes)
- The member expelled may speak to the meeting, should he wish (five minutes)
- Vote scrutineers appointed
- Voting slips distributed and members vote to endorse each penalty or lift each penalty
- Votes counted by scrutineers
- Count result announced
- Meeting closes
NB As per the Constitution:
(8) If at the Special General Meeting a majority of the members present vote in favour of the lifting of the penalty, the penalty shall be deemed to have been lifted and the member is entitled to continue their membership of the Association.
(9) If at the Special General Meeting a majority of the members present vote in favour of the confirmation of the penalty, the penalty takes effect, and the member ceases to be a member of the Association without entitlement to refund to registration monies paid.
(10) Persons expelled from the Association will not be eligible to reapply for membership at any time, except with the consent of the Committee.
Following the incidents which occurred at the Club race on 15 September, your committee acted according to the Club constitution, Section 31.
The matter was investigated by your committee and found that three members had breached the club Code of Conduct.
As a result, one member had his Club membership suspended for six months and the other two were expelled from the Club.
The member suspended and one of the two expelled have, according to the constitution, asked the Committee to call a Special General Meeting to which they wish to appeal their sanctions.
Please note that the third member has until October 17 to lodge a requisition to appeal, also.
Consequently, you are advised:
Notice of Special General Meeting
Professional Cross Country Club Inc. has called a Special General Meeting at 7.00 pm, Wednesday, 23 October, 2019 at the Ulverstone Surf Lifesaving Club. Agenda: Suspension and/or Expulsion of Members as outlined in the PCCCT Inc. Constitution. Attendance at the Special General Meeting is open to life members and all current members of the PCCCT Inc.
Rod Viney Secretary
Please see Section 31, paragraph 7 of the Club constitution for information on how the meeting will be conducted.
Your committee would like all current members and life members who are able to attend, to do so.
The Sea Lyons Swim School six kilometre handicap was the final race for the 2019 season and was run on an out-and-back course from West Park, Burnie, in fine but windy conditions.
Natalie Luttrell led the field away with Dale Lancaster in hot pursuit. By the turn Lancaster led clearly and was to hold the lead until entering the final kilometre when overtaken by Danielle Newall who was fighting hard to hold off two of the race favourites in Josh Febey and Jason Scott.
Shearwater runner, Newall, managed to hold on to take victory by just 16 seconds from Febey with Scott 6 seconds astern in third ahead of Nick Young and one of the backmarkers, Shaun Batten.
Newall was thrilled to get a win in her first season of competition. Formerly an infrequent runner, joining the Club has inspired her to train regularly, rising at 5:30am to hit the road before work. This has led to constant improvement as the season progressed, culminating in today’s victory. She is now set on achieving good times in the Burnie Ten and the Cadbury half-marathon in January.
Fastest male and female were Thomas Murton and Lyn Saint-John respectively.
The nominated time winners were Jemima McLaren, Ashley Fehlberg, Hannah Elphinstone and Chloe Bates.
Following the event, the Club Champion awards were presented to Thomas Murton and Amie Bramich with the consistency title going to Josh Febey, ahead of Vicki Knapman and Karina Mason.
The final race of the 2019 season is the Sea Lyons Swim School six kilometre handicap at Burnie.
The out-and-back course starts at the rear of West Park and travels east to the yacht club.
Racing will be keen as members without a win this year will want to take advantage of a season of solid training.
There are several runners who have been close to winning in recent weeks without breaking through and any of them could take out this final race.
Among the frontmarkers Dale Lancaster looks like a solid chance although she would prefer a longer distance while David Wright also has strong hopes after a return to form last week.
Strongest of the middlemarkers look to be Nick Young, Andrew Hay, Jason Scott and Josh Febey.
If backmarkers are favoured by conditions, then any of Thomas Murton, Keegan Powell, Natasha Mapley or Mark Saint-John could break the tape.
However, following his storming finish into fourth last week, Jono Price could be the hardest to beat. Although showing some form during the year, this was his best result and could indicate he his peaking just in time for a victory.
Entries close at 9:30 with the race beginning at 10:00. There will be a nominated time event at 9:15.
Following the event, season celebrations will occur at The Point, West Park. There will be a morning tea (members to bring a plate, please) and trophies will be presented to the season’s consistency winners and club champions.
The Somerset Pharmacy ten kilometre handicap was run Sunday on a tough hilly course utilising Somerset’s Back Cam Road.
The event gave runners their second last chance to record a win for the season and so was keenly contested with the first twelve runners finishing within two minutes.
Donna Allen was the first runner away and ran her best race to date, leading until the last kilometre until overtaken by another frontmarker in David Wright.
Two strong middlemarkers in Andrew Hay and Jason Scott, who were among the pre-race favourites, were looking likely to fight out the finish as they soon hit the lead but in the last five hundred metres Simon Gates charged past to break the tape.
This was the second victory for the Somerset athlete, in his five years with the Club, the previous being a five kilometre event at Devonport two years ago. He has been in good form all year and now will set his sights on some longer upcoming events.
Scott finished second just in front of Hay with the very backmarker, Jono Price finishing fourth and recording fastest time of 38:41.
Other eye-catching performances were recorded by Keegan Powell and Symone Denby while Wright hung on for seventh and Allen finished twelfth..
The fastest female was Lyn Saint-John. She was also the fourth fastest overall.
Nominated time winners were Theo and Milla Price, and Mitchell and Hannah Elphinstone.
The penultimate race of the 2019 season is a tough one – the Somerset Pharmacy ten kilometre handicap at Somerset.
The out-and-back course starts by the Cam River and follows the Murchison Highway to Back Cam Road and then continues on that hilly route until the half way mark.
However, with a season of running behind them, competitors should find a long, hilly race no problem and many will be looking for the win with only two chances left this year.
Andrew Hay looks to have a second-to-none chance. He has had a very consistent year, normally never far from the winner and recording many top ten finishes, including fifths last week and three weeks ago. He has been able to train much more consistently this year and it has paid off.
Jason Scott has shown gradual improvement in the latter half of the season leading to a strong third last week. He could easily take this out.
If Natasha Mapley produces a great effort like she did in the Feature Race, she will go close to winning. She followed that up with a good run into the ten last week. However the best pointer to her chances is her third in the half marathon a few weeks ago.
Other runners to keep an eye on are Simon Gates, Josh Febey, Lorraine Shepheard and Thomas Murton.
Entries close at 9:30 with the race beginning at 10:00.
There will be a nominated time event at 9:15.
The McLean, McKenzie and Topfer Big Six six kilometre handicap at Burnie was run in fine conditions and a good field gathered to run the tough circuit course.
Dale Lancaster was first away and still had a good lead up the the short but steep climb of Brickport Road.
The third to start was Michael Taylor and it became clear as the last couple of kilometres were reached that he was going to be very hard to run down.
Taylor went on to take out a comfortable victory from Lancaster with Jason Scott, the best of the chasers, finishing third, in front of Simon Gates and Andrew Hay.
Taylor is a true veteran of the Club having completed 767 Club races over forty years. This was his twelfth win in total, the last being a five kilometre race two years ago. Remarkably, it was his sixth win in this particular event.
A top cyclist in his earlier days, Taylor raced in a final of the Burnie Wheelrace and also competed in six-day events. These days he is happy to walk/jog 6 to 8 kilometres several times a week. His aim is to achieve 800 Club races and then run for as long as he can.
Backmarkers Keegan Powell, Hayden Bishop and Natasha Mapley all ran great races to finish in the top ten.
Bryan Tuit was the fastest male with Lyn Saint-John fastest female.
The nominated time winners were Brian Paine, Emily Aichberger and Lucy van Rooyen.
As the excitement of the Gowans Toyota Wynyard to Burnie Feature race dies down, runners are preparing for Race 25 – the McLean, McKenzie and Topfer Big Six 6km handicap at Burnie.
The course is a circuit starting and finishing at the Howe Street Netball Centre and uses West Park Grove, the Bass Highway and Brickport Road. It requires runners to be proficient at steep gradients, both downhill and uphill.
With only three races left in the season, runners without a win this year will be looking to make all the training payoff by taking out a victory in one of those races.
Russell Horton has been continually improving as the season has progressed and as he will miss the last two races will be keen to win in his last opportunity this year. Prior to last week, he was in the top six four races in succession and will be hardest to beat here.
Danielle Newall was a great sixth last week and could be the best of the female runners, although Natasha Mapley is certainly coming good as the season closes and a win would not surprise. She was a strong eighth last week and the toughness of this event will suit her.
Other competitors whose recent form gives them chances include Joshua Febey, Nick Young, Jason Scott and Andrew Hay.
Entries close at 9:30 with the race beginning at 10:00.