Races 12a and 12b, Greg and Dianne Woodhouse Marathon Handicap/Terry Watson Memorial Teams Marathon Handicap Preview

The PCCCT – Running Club Greg and Dianne Woodhouse Marathon is the longest-running handicap marathon in Australia, and the 2022 edition of the race will be held this Sunday.

Alongside, it will see the second running of a relay marathon with teams of four runners sharing the hard work. This year the event has been named the Terry Watson Memorial Teams Handicap in honour of the late Terry Watson who was a Club member and promoted and sponsored the first teams marathon held last year.

Both races utilise the pathway between Ulverstone and Turners Beach, starting at River Park in Ulverstone, and heading out to the end of the esplanade at Turners Beach, before returning. The Marathon competitors will complete two laps of this course, with Teams Marathon competitors each completing a 10.55km point to point leg.

A small but quality field will assemble for the main event, the Marathon, with the first runner away at 7am.

It is always difficult to predict the winner of this event because of the distance and it is even harder this year as there are three runners having their first races with the Club.

On exposed form, Amy Courto should start favourite. She is proven over distances even longer than a marathon and is in good form. Troy Reader may be her main danger while Lib Smith always enjoys this event and will be very competitive.

There are eighteen entered in the relay and a close exciting race is anticipated. The first team will get underway at 8am.

Entries for both events have now closed. There will be no nominated time event this week.

Handicaps will be posted Friday at 6pm, along with the race brief.

Races 11a and b Devonport, Ketelaars Male and Everyday Lions Female 5km Handicaps Report

Sunday saw the running of the Everyday Lions Female 5km Handicap, and the Ben and Anne Ketelaar Male 5km Handicap at Devonport. Cool but fine conditions greeted runners for the flat four lap circuit around Meercroft Park.

The men’s race was conducted first, with Devonport’s Brett Riley leading the field away and holding out all challengers. With a lap to run, it looked like Pat McMahon would catch Riley but he kicked very strongly to take his first victory.

Although he started with the Club several years ago, Riley has not been able to run consistently due to other family sporting commitments. However, this year he has been able to compete regularly and this, along with following an Everyday Lions training programme, has led to great improvement.

McMahon finished second with Jordan Mathews in third. Fastest time was Brian Lyons (17:05)

The Everyday Lions women’s race followed the men’s, with Emily Aichberger breaking through for her first win with the club. She was second in this event last year and was very pleased to “go one better”. Just seventeen, she has been running with the Club for many years starting with the nominated time events and for the last three years, the handicapped events.

Aichberger finds running makes her happy and helps her with other aspects of her life. She has competed for Tasmania in cross-country and also track and field. She won form Amy Courto and Felicity Lovatt while Sabrina Shields was quickest (20:21). Amazingly, all three placegetters train through Everyday Lions.

In the earlier nominated time event, the winner was Alicia Bramich.

Races 11a and b Devonport, Ketelaars Male and Everyday Lions Female 5km Handicaps, Briefing and Map

Toilets and changerooms in the new facilities will be available.

NOTE – The men’s race will commence at 9:30 with the women’s race as soon as possible after the completion of the men’s race. (The order of the races was incorrect on the entry page)

Please be aware we are sharing paths with the public and need to give other users due consideration.

The course is a very simple one. It is four clockwise laps, plus a bit, of the streets surrounding Meercroft Park. Care will be needed running the back straight, North Street, as there is no footpath there.

Similarly, care is needed while running through the parking area on the William St side of Meercroft Park.

Thank you to our sponsors – Anne and Ben Ketelaar (men’s race) and Everyday Lions (women’s race).

Races 11a and b Devonport, Ketelaars Male and Everyday Lions Female 5km Handicaps Preview

This Sunday the PCCCT – Running Club will conduct split division races at Meercroft Park Devonport.

Until last year, the event has been split into Frontmarkers and Backmarkers. However, last year saw the races run by gender which proved very popular and has been retained for 2022.

Split division races events are very popular with runners because as well as competing in one event, they get to watch the other.

The course is a flat, fast, four lap one on the road around Meercroft Park. and this also makes them great viewing for spectators.

The Ketelaars Male Five-kilometre Handicap will be run first at 9:30.

There are many men who have been close without winning lately and one who will be well suited here is Brendan Burr. After starting the season slowly, he has been getting closer each week and was not far away in finishing ninth last week.

He will be challenged strongly by Jordan Mathews, Steven Tammens and backmarker, Hayden Bishop.

Pat McMahon will also be a big chance to take a deserved win.

The Everyday Lions Female Five-kilometre Handicap will follow and should also be an exciting contest. Selina Crispin is favoured here. She won this event last year so proved the course suits her. She is back in winning form running a great sixth last week

Felicity Lovatt will be the hardest to beat while Lyn Saint-John, Rhian Miles and Anne Thomas will also be chances. Runners are reminded that entries are online only and close at 6pm Friday. New members are always welcome.

Race 10 Burnie, Glow Cosmetics “Big Six” 6km Handicap Report

Despite inclement weather for race ten of the PCCCT – Running Club’s season on Sunday, thirty-nine runners faced the starter for the Glow Cosmetics “Big Six” six-kilometre handicap at Burnie

Although short, the circuit course includes the tough climb up Brickport Road and also some steepish downhill sections to challenge competitors.

It was Wynyard runner Ross Smith who eventually led the field home to take out his first victory in his second year with the Club.

Smith had shown a win was close in previous races this year, but unfortunately for him they are spaced because of the demands of both shift work and a new baby.

Consequently, he was pleased to be able to take full advantage of the opportunity to race. He has recently begun training with a group of other runners and has found that this, along with his Club participation, has given him extra motivation to improve his fitness and running performances.

Smith had a comfortable victory from perennial “bridesmaid”, Jason Scott who surely must break through soon, and Steve Tammens who is also due for a win following multiple placings.

Felicity Lovatt ran a very good fourth while co-sponsor, Jason Fehlberg, was pleased to win back some of his own money in finishing fifth.

Lyn Saint-John was fastest female (25:29), with Smith also taking out fastest male (22:34).

The nominated time winners were Mitchell Tate, Brian Paine and Tora Carpenter. Entries are now being taken for the Club marathon and team marathon to be run on May 29.

Race 10 Burnie, Glow Cosmetics “Big Six” 6km Handicap Preview

This week sees members of the PCCCT- Running Club head to Burnie for the Glow Cosmetics “Big Six” 6km handicap.

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.

The shorter distance, following two longer events will be welcome for some and a good field is anticipated.

Following her great victory in the Club’s ten-kilometre Women’s Championship last week, Penguin runner, Lyn Saint-John, will be a top chance.

Amazingly, Saint-John ran nearly a minute faster in taking out that event than she did in winning it in 2021, indicating she is in great form. She also placed eighth overall on time, thus beating all but seven of the men. This course will suit her perfectly and she could be the one to beat.

Jason Scott and Steve Tammens have both had numerous placings this year and will be her main challengers. They were third and fourth respectively last

Other competitors whose recent form gives them top chances include Pat McMahon, Ross Smith and Rhian Miles.

Entries close at 6:00pm on Friday with the race beginning at 9:30. New runners are always welcome but must register for membership first. Both registration and entries can be done at www.pccct.org.

There will be a nominated time event at 9:00.

Races 9 a, b and c Physiotas “City of Devonport” 10km Handicap/Molly Malone’s 10km Women’s Championship/UTAS Athletic Club 10km Men’s Championship Results

Lovely sunny weather conditions greeted fifty starters on Sunday for Race 9 of the PCCCT – Running Club season.

The Physiotas “City of Devonport” 10km Handicap was run in conjunction with the Molly Malones 10km Women’s Championship and the UTAS Athletic Club Men’s Championship, as a sealed handicap, mass start event. The race started at Bluff Beach Devonport and took competitors on tracks in the Don Reserve.

Following the application of the handicaps to the recorded times, Burnie runner Tony Abel was revealed as the victor. This was Abel’s second victory with the Club in his second year back after a long hiatus but he had recorded six victories in the seventies and eighties including a victory in the Club marathon.

While his marathon running days may be over, he ran strongly to take out the event from Pat McMahon, Jason Scott, Steve Tammens and Rhian Miles. He had run second in this event last year so the course clearly suits him

The Men’s Championship was an exciting race with Devonport runners Hayden Bishop and Andrew Winkler having a great tussle for almost the full ten kilometres. Bishop edged ahead in the final stages to take the victory recording 34:43 with Liam Williams, having his first run with the Club, in third.

The Women’s Championship was taken out by the ever-green Lyn Saint-John, in a time of 40:29, ahead of Rhian Miles and Isabelle Sharman.

In the earlier nominated time event the winners were Brian Paine, Sienna Bramich and Malcolm Nutting.

Races 9 a, b and c Physiotas “City of Devonport” 10km Handicap/Molly Malone’s 10km Women’s Championship/UTAS Athletic Club 10km Men’s Championship Preview

The PCCCT – Running Club next event is the Physiotas “City of Devonport” 10-kilometre handicap which starts at Devonport’s Bluff Beach and uses the foreshore path and tracks in the Don Reserve.

This event will also incorporate the Molly Malone’s 10km Women’s Club Championship and the UTAS Athletics Club 10km Men’s Club Championship. The race will be a mass start, seeing all competitors commence at the same time. The first three males and females across the line will be the placegetters in the Championships. Handicaps will be applied after the race to determine the winner of the handicap race.

Thomas Murton will be the clear favourite to take out the championship for the men but if he falters there are others who will come into contention. These include Andrew Winkel, Hayden Bishop, Tom Young and Josh Febey.

The women’s championship should see a tight contest between Rhian Miles, Lyn Saint-John, Ellen Burgess Isabelle Sharman and Felicity Lovatt with any capable of taking it out on the day.

In the “City of Devonport” handicap there are many potential winners as many runners have shown consistent form without breaking through. David Murton will have a great chance as he has been improving each week and ran a great race to finish fourth in last week’s “Mountain Classic”.

His main danger is definitely Jason Scott who followed a one second defeat two weeks ago with fifth last week.

Others with good chances include Dominic Troughton, Andrew Lucas and Kelly Baxter.

Runners are reminded that entries are online only and close at 6pm Friday. The race will start at 9:30am Sunday. New members are always welcome and encouraged to check our website. www.pccct.org

Nominated time events will be held at 9:00.

Race 8 High on Penguin Burnie to Ridgley “Mountain Classic” 16.5km Handicap Report

Fine, sunny conditions but with a cooling breeze greeted the thirty-eight starters in the longest and hardest race of the season to date – the High on Penguin, Burnie to Ridgley “Mountain Classic” 16.5-kilometre handicap.

This event is one of the longest running in the Club’s annual programme and is highly sought after due to its prestige and the challenge the uphill course presents.

The race proved to be an exciting one, and also a well handicapped one, as the placings were shared by runners starting from front, middle and back marks.

Pre-race favourite, Latrobe runner, Ben Brockman, broke the finishing tape for his first Club victory after eleven years as a member. However, his number of starts has been limited for a variety of reasons so that he has only been able to average about five runs a season.

He credits the win to training regularly with a group of talented Latrobe runners. He has set his sights on doing well in the Club marathon at the end of May and saw this race as a chance for a good hard hit-out for that.

Rhian Miles continued her excellent form to take second while last year’s winner, Hayden Bishop after starting from the back mark, finished third, in front of David Murton and Jason Scott.

Josh Febey, Dan Yaxley, Ben Young and Kelly Baxter also produced great runs to finish close-up.

Bishop recorded the fastest time (63:46) while Miles was fastest female (76:17).

Race 8 High on Penguin Burnie to Ridgley “Mountain Classic” 16.5km Handicap Preview

The first of the season’s major races will be run this Sunday, with the running of the High on Penguin Mountain Classic 16.5km Handicap.

Starting at Burnie Park, the course heads up via West Park Grove, Mooreville and West Moorville Roads, to finish at Ridgley. It has a reputation for being a very tough course, with over 400m of elevation gained over the distance and members look forward to testing their fitness and resolve. It typically has suited the stronger runners, who can maintain a solid pace while conquering the hills.

A good field of forty-six has entered and while there are many realistic chances, Ben Brockman could very well be the strongest among them. He has shown great promise in shorter races this year and this distance will suit him down to the ground.

His biggest challengers look to be Ben Young, Jason Scott and Kelly Baxter. They have all recorded seconds in earlier races this year and will be hard to beat again.

Aaron Robertson, Felicity Lovatt and Rhian Miles all bear watching as they are each nearing a win and it could be here.

Gerard Lowry has won this race twice and is running well enough to make it a hattrick. Clearly, he loves the course.

Entries have now closed, with the first runner away at 9:30am. Handicaps, as well as the race brief, will be posted on the website www.pccct.org on Friday at 6pm.