Race 26 Devonport/Burnie Toyota/Wild Ride Cycles Wynyard to Burnie FEATURE RACE 17.6km Report

The PCCCT Devonport and Burnie Toyota/ Wild Ride Cycles 17.6 kilometre Wynyard to Burnie Feature Race was run in excellent conditions on Sunday and a good sized field gathered to hear the starter’s orders.

The prestigious and much sought-after race looked very open on paper with many chances and this was how it turned out with less than three minutes separating the top twelve finishers.

Greatly inform runner, Burnie’s Greg Malley created a little bit of Club history by taking the win – his third for the season.

Following seconds in the first two races of the season, Malley won the third, a seven-kilometre event at Port Sorell and then showed his versatility by taking out the Club marathon at the end of May.

But Sunday’s race put the icing on the cake when after taking the lead from Kathy Franks entering West Park oval, he hung on to beat the fast-finishing Mark Saint-John by just twelve seconds.

Franks finished third in front of Ellen Burgess and Gerard Lowry.

Club male champion, Thomas Murton recorded the fastest time (56:30) in finishing seventh while female champion, Lyn Saint-john was fastest woman (71:59).

Other awards were first female, Kathy Franks, first novice, Rhian Miles, first over 50, Mark Saint-John and youngest finisher, Lukas Pilkington.

At the post-race luncheon, a special presentation was made to Club stalwart, Barry Ling, who retired from the committee at the end of 2020 after serving for thirty-eight years with thirty-four of those being as president.

Race 26 Devonport/Burnie Toyota/Wild Ride Cycles Wynyard to Burnie FEATURE RACE 17.6km Preview

This Sunday sees the running of the Devonport/Burnie Toyota/Wild Ride Cycles Wynyard to Burnie Feature race.

This event, which is the richest and most prestigious of the season, is run over 17.6 kilometres, starting outside the post office and ends with a lap of West Park oval giving spectators a good view of the finish. The first runner away, Brett Riley, will commence his journey at 9:30 with the winner expected to finish at around 11:15

All members would like to add their name to the honour board listing previous winners, but only one will have that privilege. To win, a number of factors have to come together, but principal is a quality, injury-free preparation to enable a competitor to utilise the handicap provided.

The best of the frontmarkers looks to be Darlene Jacques who will be second runner away and prove very hard to catch while Kathy Franks also has a strong chance.

Best of the middlemarkers look to be Steven Tammens, John Saltmarsh, Nigel Baptist, Gerard Lowry and Rhian Miles. Miles especially will be very hard to beat after great recent results.

Any of several backmarkers would not surprise and be deserving winners. Mark Saint-John, Bryan Tuit, Lukas Pilkington, Shaun Batten and Tom Murton are all top chances but co-markers Ben Brockman and Josh Febey look to be the two most likely to take the victory and could run together the whole way before contesting a sprint finish on the oval.

Following the race there will be a luncheon at The Point for members and their families.

There will be no nominated time event this week.

Race 25 Railton, House of Anvers 10km Report

Recent weeks have seen the Club plagued by bad weather. By contrast, at Sunday’s race at Railton a beautiful clear day greeted competitors as they arrived in Pioneer Park so that a good-sized field assembled for the start.

The course takes runners on back streets and through a bush track before heading up the tough Newbed Road hill and continuing to complete a circuit.

This was the final race before the big one next week – the Wynyard to Burnie Feature race – and was penalty free until after that event. Consequently, it was expected to be a very close contest and it was outside the winner.

Young Turners Beach runner, Sabrina Shields, showed the more seasoned competitors a clean pair of heels and recorded a comfortable victory by forty seconds.

This is Shields’ first serious season with the Club following on from a handful of races last year and the increased competition has certainly paid off. She is having a big year, as she also plays football with the Ulverstone women’s team which recently won the north-west premiership.

The consistent Josh Febey ran into second place and with it favouritism for next week’s event although he did not have much to spare over the next runners to finish, Ben Brockman, Kathy Franks and Gerard Lowry.

Others to stand out included Mark Saint John, Rhian Miles and the backmarker, Club champion, Tom Murton.

Murton was fastest man (31:49) with Daile Bennett-Moyle (43:31) fastest woman.

The nominated time winners were Lucy van Rooyen, Libby Crispin and Malcolm Nutting.

Race 25 Railton, House of Anvers 10km Handicap Preview

Railton is the venue this Sunday for the penultimate race of the season as members compete in the House of Anvers ten kilometre handicap.

The course is a circuit, starting at Goliath Park and is affectionately described as flat with one hill. However, that one hill, is a long and high one and presents a good challenge.

This is the final race before the major race of the season – the Wynyard to Burnie Feature Race – and, as is traditional, the victor will not receive a penalty for winning until the end of the season. Therefore, competitors can go all-out knowing a win will not affect their handicap for the “big one” the following week.

In addition. with only two races left, time is running out for those close to a victory to make use of all the training of the last months.

Steve Tammens ran second last week in his best result for the year so he is certainly one who is peaking at just the right time. He could definitely go one better on Sunday.

Aaron Robertson looks to have overcome a niggling injury and will be a strong chance while Josh Febey has been running strongly every week without breaking through and that could happen here.

Other good chances look to be Michael Taylor, Gerard Lowry, who trains on this course, Lyn Saint-John and Paul Birch.

Entries will close at 6:00pm on Friday, with the race starting at 9:30. New runners are always welcome with information available at www.pccct.org.

A nominated time event will be conducted at 9:00.

Race 24 Turners Beach, Rod and Judith Priestley 7km Handicap Report

The third last race of the season used a scenic out-and-back course at Turners Beach. Mostly flat, the seven-kilometres were relished by the runners and some good times were recorded. Unfortunately, although not windy, it was run with intermittent showers and this kept numbers low.

The weather was not a deterrent, however, for determined Ulverstone runner, Nigel Baptist, who took the victory after being close in recent weeks.

Baptist, who also enjoys mountain-biking, looked likely to win a race early in the year but a biking accident left him with a cracked sternum and unable to run for a couple of months. Since getting back on track he has regained fitness and continued where he left off prior to the accident.

This was his first win in three seasons with the Club and he is now setting his sights on competing with a team, including his wife, in the Bruny Island Ultra-marathon (64km) in December.

In second place, just five seconds adrift, was Steven Tammens recording his best result to date with Aaron Robertson and Josh Febey next to finish.

Mark Saint-John and Gerard Lowry also ran great races while frontmarker, Michael Taylor, surprised with a good return to form.

Lyn Saint-John was the first female to finish and also had fastest time for the women recording 29:12. Fastest man was Tom Murton in 23:41

Earlier, nominated time winners were Montana Robertson, Brian Paine, Lachie Riley and Libby Crispin.

Next week sees the last race to be run before the Feature Race. The winner of that race will not be rehandicapped until after the Feature Race.

Race 24 Turners Beach, Rod and Judith Priestley 7km Handicap Preview

This Sunday runners head to the Berry Patch at Turners Beach for the Rod and Judith Priestley seven-kilometre handicap. In contrast to last week’s race, which incorporated the tough slog up Brickport Road, this course is out-and-back and completely flat. It does, however, have a section of trail running which many members enjoy.

This is the last shorter race for the season with the final two races being over 10km and 17.5km so those who prefer this sort of distance have their last chance for a win.

Of course, there can only be three more winners this year, and there are many runners who have been performing consistently well and keen to win one of the three.

One of the best chances looks to be Rhian Miles, an athlete in her first year with the Club and who has only had a handful of starts. However, she has impressed with her improvement and ran a strong seventh last week. A similar effort will make her very hard to beat.

Jason Scott was another who showed up last week and is very close to a win and it could come here.

Steven Tammens has been gradually getting closer and a victory would not surprise.

Others who have been close to a win without breaking through include Josh Febey, Paul Pilkington, Gerard Lowry, Lyn Saint-John and Nigel Lacey and any of these could break through.

New runners are welcome and must register for membership and enter by 6pm Friday on the Club website www.pccct.org.

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

Entries for the Club’s premier event, the Devonport/Burnie Toyota and Wild Ride Cycles Wynyard to Burnie Feature Race to be held on September 12 close this Sunday at 11:59pm.

Race 23 Burnie, The McLean, McKenzie and Topfer “Big Six” 6km Handicap Report

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.

Veteran Ray Spinks was first away and still had a good lead up the the short but steep climb of Brickport Road.

However, from this point on a succession of runners made their presence felt with several looking winning hopes at different stages.

Eventually, Devonport athlete, Shaun Batten, overtook pre-race favourite, Nigel Baptist, and Gerard Lowry on the downhill run to the finish and broke the tape for a well-deserved win.

Batten had been threatening to get a victory from the start of the season but has usually found one or two others better on the day. However, this time he would not be denied and broke through for his first win. To add to his success, he also ran the fastest time of 23:09.

In his third season with the Club, Batten took up running to keep fit when he finished playing football and basketball but also values the social and family aspects of the PCCCT.

Kathy Franks continued her great form to finish fifth while Jason Scott, Josh Febey and Rhian Miles all ran great races to place in “the ten”.

Lyn Saint-John fastest female (25:11).

The nominated time winners were William Robertson, Libby Crispin and Brian Paine.

Entries are now being taken for the 2021 Wynyard to Burnie Feature Race. All information is on the website: www.pccct.org.

Race 23 Burnie, The McLean, McKenzie and Topfer “Big Six” 6km Handicap Preview

As the season heads towards its pointy end, runners are preparing for race 23 – 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.

Nigel Baptist has shown good form all year, constantly making an entry into “the ten”. Now in his third year with the club, he looks well due for a win and it could certainly come here.

Two weeks ago, in a race similar in distance and terrain, he was fifth, not far from the winner and was eighth the week before at Gunns Plains.

Other competitors whose recent form gives them top chances include Joshua Febey, Dallas van Rooyen and Nigel Lacey.

If there was a surprise it could come from Rhian Miles who is showing great promise in her first season with the Club.

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.

Race 22 Turners Beach, The AJL Lifestyle/AJL Yamaha Half Marathon 21.1km and the Salty and Stevo Teams’ Half Marathon Handicap Report

The AJL Yamaha and Lifestyle half-marathon and the Salty and Stevo teams’ half-marathon were run in horrendous weather on Sunday morning,

With powerful head-on winds driving freezing rain, the first half of the course from Turners Beach to West Ulverstone was covered in the worst conditions in recent memory.

However, the return trip meant a strong tail wind and this was greatly appreciated. The course is very flat so at least there were no hills to add to the difficulty of the event.

Despite the weather, both events had good fields and were very competitive.

The individual half-marathon was won by the pre-post favourite, Ulverstone athlete John Saltmarsh. Starting on one of the middle marks, Saltmarsh again showed his love for longer events and after taking the lead at the 17km mark raced away for a comfortable win.

Saltmarsh commenced with the Club in 2010 and this was his third win. His last coming in 2014. He is very fit as he is training with the Melbourne marathon in mind.

Strong runs from backmarkers Ben Brockman and Shaun Batten saw them fill the placings while recent winner, Kathy Franks, continued her great form finishing fourth just in front of Daniel Yaxley.

Hayden Bishop was fastest man (1:20:48) with Susan Moodie fastest woman (1:45:56).

In the teams’ event, Plus 1 (Benny Parsons and Sebrina Shields) took the victory from Having Fun (Tony Yaxley and Rhian Miles) with Lardner/Hendriks (Mathew Lardner and Ros Hendriks) in third.

The nominated time winners were Maya Bramich, Libby and Freya Crispin and Brian Paine.