Race 9 – “Remembering Ron Chequer” Wynyard 9km Report

Members headed to Wynyard for Sunday’s race, a nine-kilometre handicap taking in tracks beside the Inglis River.

The event was tagged the “Remembering Ron Chequer” Run and a good field attended to commemorate their fellow-runner and friend who died suddenly earlier this year. Members of Ron’s family were able to attend and stay on for the barbecue after the race.

Dale Lancaster led the field away but just after the half-way turn, she was overtaken by Narelle Jacobs, who then led until the last kilometre when passed by the eventual winner, Josh Febey.

This was Febey’s third win with the Club, the last coming in his home town of Cooee two years ago. With the COVID-19 situation, like many others, he has found himself training more than ever, leading to improved form.

First year runner, Adrian Mann, had his highest finish to date to be runner-up while Ellen Burgess ran right up to her great performance last week for third.

Winner of race 1, Alex Reimer, showed he has held his form being next to finish just in front of Patrick McMahon, Owen Thomas and Jacobs who held on well.

Backmarkers Thomas Murton and Hayden Bishop put in great efforts to finish in the ten, with pre-race favourite, Paul Birch splitting the two in ninth.

Fastest male and female were Murton (32:16) and Amie Bramich (41:49) respectively.

Earlier, nominated time winners were Asher Wilson, Sophie Reimer, Mitchell Elphinstone and Brian Paine.

Following the race, President Barry Ling presented PCCCT Life Memberships to Rod Viney and Malcolm Nutting while Greg Smith, Mike Webster, Peter Elphinstone and Michael Bates were given Service Awards.

Race 9 – “Remembering Ron Chequer” Wynyard 9km Handicap Preview

Course map: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/3216126451

The shortened 2020 season comes to a close this Sunday when members have the chance to run on a new scenic course at Wynyard.

The nine-kilometre out-and-back route starts at Gutteridge Gardens and will use tracks on both sides of the Inglis River, so no road running will be needed.

The race will be two kilometres longer than the last few runs and this will suit some runners who will prefer the extra distance.

One runner who has been slowly improving and fits the bill is Devonport runner Paul Birch.

A Club veteran, having had more than six hundred starts, Birch ran his best race for the season last week, with a strong run into fourth. Everything points to him having a second-to-none chance of taking out a well-deserved victory on Sunday.

Ellen Burgess also had her best result of the season last week with an excellent second. She is another who is happier, the longer the race and could easily break the tape.

Josh Febey was close to a win for most of last year and has shown up recently as well, so is another strong chance

Others to watch include Adrian Mann, Sven Mason and Mollie Powell.

This race will be run to honour the memory of Club stalwart Ron Chequer, who died suddenly earlier this year. Members are asked to stay after the race to enjoy a Club supplied barbecue and remember Ron.

New runners are welcome and must register for membership and enter by 9pm Friday.

The race will start at 9:30am while nominated time events will be held at 9:00.

Race 8 – Coles Beach, Devonport 7km Report

Warm sunny conditions greeted the fifty-four starters in race 8 of the season, a seven-kilometre handicap starting at Coles Beach.

This event with a variety of surfaces and some small inclines, took competitors along the Don River, through the Don Reserve to the Aquatic Centre and return.

It provided some surprising results as many of the pre-race favourites were out-shone by other runners recording their best efforts for the year.

Devonport runner, Richard Lawson, was inspired by a small lift in his handicap to race to his first victory in four years with the Club. Despite a second and couple of thirds, previously, he had never broken the tape and was thrilled to do so on Sunday.

He didn’t do much training this year until the season started so has been improving during its course, culminating in this victory. He was also spurred on by his grandchildren who were positioned at the halfway mark to give him encouragement.

Ellen Burgess was just seven seconds back in second place, closely followed by Adrian Mann, Paul Birch, who showed a welcome return to form, and Manny Singh.

Fastest of the men was Hayden Bishop with Kendall Buckley returning the best time among the women.

Other promising performances were recorded by Josh Febey and Steven Tammens, while Narelle Jacobs, Shaun Batten and Selina Crispin continued their good form to round out “the ten”.

Earlier, nominated time winners Amanda Reimer, Brian Paine, Sarah Lakeland and Mia Fehlberg.

Race 8 – Coles Beach, Devonport 7km Handicap Preview

Course map: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/3218820217

Race eight of the PCCCT season will see competitors take on a seven-kilometre out-and-back course from Coles Beach, Devonport.

The interesting track will provide a variety of surfaces – grass, gravel, asphalt and sawdust – which some members will relish. It will be reasonably flat, apart from a couple of small hills in the region of the Aquatic Centre

With only two chances left for a win this season, competition will be keen.

In her first year with the Club, Catherine Bell has impressed with her improvement over the season and she was running strongly into fourth last week at Burnie. With a little more improvement this week, she looks the one to beat.

Another first year runner, Narelle Jacobs, was second over a similar course last week making a big improvement from her previous race She won’t have to run much better to take this out

Hayden Bishop is a backmarker who has been showing excellent form and this slightly tougher course will suit him perfectly, while Jason Scott is another possibility from a backish mark.

Others with undeniable chances include Shaun Batten, Paul Pilkington, Brooke Fehlberg and Selina Crispin.

New runners are welcome and must register for membership and enter by 9pm Friday on the Club website.

The race will start at 9:30am while nominated time events will be held at 9:00.

Race 7 – West Beach, Burnie 7km Handicap Report

Race seven of the PCCCT season presented runners with a fast, flat out-and-back seven-kilometre course from West Beach to Cooee Point. Setting off into a strong headwind, competitors then enjoyed a corresponding tailwind on the return trip.

Numbers were again very pleasing despite the testing conditions.

Frontmarker, Dale Lancaster, led the field away, was in front for a long time and looking like she may be able to hold on for the victory.

In the end, she finished a creditable third being overtaken in the last kilometre, firstly by second placegetter Narelle Jacobs and then eventual winner, Ulverstone runner, Nick Young.

It was a well-deserved win by Young who has been knocking on the door all season while doing some solid training. In his tenth year with the Club, this was his third win with his last success coming five years ago.

Jacobs, in her first season with the PCCCT, ran her best race to date and will be looking to win one of the two remaining events.

Catherine Bell and Graham Higgins ran up to their recent good placings to again finish close-up, while Josh Febey looked in great form finishing strongly into sixth.

Fastest of the men was Jono Price (25:08) with the fastest woman being Amie Bramich (30:19).

Earlier, nominated time winners were Ashley and Mia Fehlberg, Sophie Reimer, Maya Bramich and Hannah Elphinstone.

Race 7 – West Beach, Burnie 7km Handicap Results

Well done to the 53 participants in our seventh race of the season!


Congratulations to Nick Young, who won from Narelle Jacobs and Dale Lancaster.


Narelle Jacobs won the $30 voucher supplied by AJL for first runner in his/her first year to finish (not having won the voucher previously).


Winners of the random draw were drawn after the event (and were Michael Purton and Sven Mason).

Fastest Male was Jono Price (25:08) and Fastest Female was Amie Bramich (30:19).


Nominated time winners were Ashley and Mia Fehlberg, Sophie Reimer, Maya Bramich and Hannah Elphinstone.


See you next week at Coles Beach for Race 8!

Race 7 – West Beach, Burnie 7km Handicaps and Race Briefing

If you are not feeling well, especially if you have cold/flu systems, on Sunday morning please don’t come to the run.

The meeting place is at West Beach, Burnie.

Please ensure you are at the start line for your posted handicap time. Race start is at 9:30am.

Welcome to new runners, Kyra Jackson, Steve Tammens, Jarrod Wade and Melanie Bond, and new nominated time members.

The course: The race start will be on the grassed area immediately to the west of Fish Frenzy. Head west on the boardwalk and coastal pathway, past the penguin centre and West Park for 1.2 km.

At this point the coastal pathway takes a 90 degree right turn and runs parallel to the highway. Follow the pathway for another 1.3 km until it ends at Cooee.

The race course then follows the footpath for 100m before exiting onto a grassed area. Following the witches hats, the course crosses the unused train line and then follows Cooee Point Rd.

Once reaching Cooee Point, circle around the NW end of Cooee Point in an anticlockwise direction before rejoining Cooee Point Rd and retracing the course back to the start/finish area.

Notes:

* when leaving (and rejoining) the footpath at Cooee onto the grassed area there is a small (~30cm) step up (and down).  This will be marked on the day, but runners are advised to take care at this point.

* when running behind West Park, runners must follow the marked off path and not cut through the car park which will be open to the general public.

Please keep COVIDSafe distance between you and other runners, especially if you are following someone else. Please read our COVIDSafe plan if you haven’t done so. Thank you very much to our wonderful season sponsors which are all listed on our website.

Race 7 – West Beach, Burnie 7km Handicap Preview

Course map: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/3278086132

Race seven of the PCCCT is the second seven-kilometre event of the season. This week’s meeting place is West Beach at Burnie and members will race over an out-and back course to Cooee Point.

The terrain will be mostly flat encouraging some fast times which will also be helped by the increased fitness now being displayed by many runners.

It is not easy picking a winner as many different members have shown form at times.

However, John Badcock could be the one to pinch this. He has been thereabouts in most races and is known to be doing some great training. He would be a deserving winner.

First year runner, Graham Higgins, was a strong second last week after starting from the same mark as the winner who has now been rehandicapped. That makes Higgins an obvious strong chance.

Another first year runner, Catherine Bell, has been showing rapid improvement and finished a close sixth last week to record her best result to date. She will go close to winning with a similar effort.

Other runners in form who will be chances are Andreas Petersen, Ellen Burgess, Caroline Brett and Dallas van Rooyen.

New runners are welcome and must register for membership and enter by 9pm Friday.

The race will start at 9:30am while nominated time events will be held at 9:00.

Race 6 – Turners Beach 7km Handicap Report

Race six of the season was the longest of the season to date. A scenic out-and-back course at Turners Beach and mostly flat, the seven-kilometres were relished by the runners and some good times were recorded. The excellent weather conditions helped and a large field attended.

After a string of excellent runs, Burnie runner Kendall Buckley was finally able to savour breaking the tape. In her three previous runs this year, she had finished third twice and second last week so was certainly due for a win.

This is her first year with the Club and her second year of running, commencing last year with parkrun. Having taken it up to regain fitness after having her family of three children, she has found how much she loves it. In particular, since being involved with the PCCCT she has stepped up her training with noticeable results.

Another runner in his first season with the Club, Graham Higgins, was a strong second after starting off the same handicap as Buckley, while one of the backmarkers, Hayden Bishop, was an excellent third.

One of the pre-race favourites, Nick Young, was fourth just in front of last runner to start, Bryan Tuit, who charged home recording the fastest time for the men.

As well as the victory, Buckley took fastest woman honours.

Earlier, nominated time winners were Stevie Vassiadis, Libby Crispin and Brian Paine.

Race 6 – Turners Beach 7km Handicap Preview

Course map: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/3237375865

The longest race of the season to date awaits runners this Sunday, when they head to the Berry Patch at Turners Beach for a seven-kilometre handicap.

All races so far in this delayed season have been five or six-kilometres and many runners will be looking forward to being able to race over a slightly longer distance.

The course is a flat, out-and-back one, mostly on sealed surfaces although there is a section on bush tracks to give some variety.

One runner who will be suited by the distance and terrain is Ulverstone athlete, Nick Young.

Young has been consistent, without standing out, so far this year with his best results being seventh and then fifth in the first two races. He won’t have to improve much on those performances to take the victory.

The hardest to beat is definitely Kendall Buckley who will be out to atone after second last week, while Shaun Batten is also knocking on the door.

Hayden Bishop is a backmarker who will be storming through the field and it would not surprise if he broke the tape.

Others to keep an eye on include Steve Powell and Terry Watson while first year runners Selina Crispin and Narelle Jacobs are showing improvement.

New runners are welcome and must register for membership and enter by 9pm Friday.

The race will start at 9:30am while nominated time events will be held at 9:00.