Devonport: Molly Malone’s 6km

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This Sunday’s race is the Molly Malone’s six kilometre handicap commencing at Roundhouse Park, Devonport. The course usually takes runners to the Bluff lighthouse and return but this year, due to council path works on Victoria Parade, competitors will enjoy a flat out-and-back course to Horsehead Creek using the paths along Formby and Devonport Roads.

As it will provide members with their last chance for a solid hit-out before the following week’s Feature Race, it promises to be fast and furious. The winner will not have a handicap readjustment until after that event, so a victory here will not affect his/her chances in the big one.

Following a wonderful effort when she finished third last week, Roselyn Hendriks will fancy her chances. She has been showing continual improvement and will be tough to run down from a front mark.

Another one of the female runners, in Mollie Powell, could be her biggest threat. Powell has recently returned to live on the coast after completing university and with some consistent races under belt is now ready to win

Best of the middle markers may be Michael Purton and Rick Ferguson, both of whom will be fresh after missing last week’s long race. They each have both displayed the form necessary to show up here.

Others who wouldn’t surprise include Ken Williams, Ewen Troughton (a previous winner of this race) Brooke Fehlberg and Arnie Elphinstone.

The race will start at the slightly later time of 10:30 with entries closing at 10:00.

Race 22: Kevin Burns Memorial Brown Family/Ulverstone Tyreright 13.5km

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Race 22 of the season, the Kevin Brown Memorial sponsored by the Brown family and Ulverstone Tyreright, was run at Gunns Plains in perfect conditions.

Runners relished the flat course although the distance of 13.5 kilometres can be a testing one.

Run on an out-and-back course, the race showed how much improvement Devonport athlete, Amie Bramich, has made over the course of the year as she won her second race in recent weeks. The first was over just five kilometres but the increased distance proved no obstacle as she took the lead from seventy-eight year old, Ken Williams, the club’s oldest runner, with just two hundred metres to run.

Williams hung on for second with another front marker, Roselyn Hendriks, running a great race for third.

Kyle Groenewege, one of the pre-race favourites, was the best of the backmarkers with a powerful finish into fourth. Other to impress were Nick Young, who finished fifth, and Simon Gates who ran into the top ten from a tough mark.

Husband and wife, Arnie and Ellen Elphinstone, were just behind the placegetters, with Arnie just pipping his wife.

Bramich attributed her win to a change in training from long slow runs to shorter, pacier runs which have given her leg speed to go with her high level of fitness.

Fastest male and female were Evan Brett and Lyn Saint-John respectively.

The nominated time winners were Phoebe Gillard, Nat Luttrell and Sandra and Hannah Elphinstone.

Race22 Placings GunnsPlains 13500m

Race22 Fastest GunnsPlains 13500m

Gunns Plains: Kevin Burns Memorial, Brown Family and Tyreright 13.5km

Gunns Plains is the scenic venue of Race 22. The Kevin Burns Memorial, Brown Family and Tyreright 13.5km handicap was to be raced over a circuit course but due to roadworks in the area, will now be an out-and-back race starting at Wings’ Wildlife Park.

With the Feature Race just two weeks away, members will be looking for a good strong hit out over this distance for preparation, as next week’s race is only six kilometres.

In looking for likely winners, the longer races run this year could provide the best clues.

One runner who has mostly flown “under the radar” recently but who is fit and has shown form in tough events is Graeme Barr.

Barr’s best finish was his sixth in the King/Queen of the Mountains over 16.5km. He was only three minutes form the winner so wouldn’t have to improve much to take this out.

Backmarkers, Ben Brockman and Evan Brett will be very hard to beat, judging on their great runs in the recent half marathon to finish third and fifth respectively. Brockman has been doing huge kilometres in training and will relish the distance.

Hayden Bishop was second in that event and will be another top chance, while Ellen Elphinstone, Michael Purton and Amie Bramich cannot be discounted

Entries will close at 9:30, with the race starting at 10:00.

Entries for the Feature Race also close this Sunday.

A nominated time event will be conducted at 9:05.

Race 21: Motors Burnie 5km at Fernglade

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Members were confronted by plenty of mud and puddles as they competed in race 21 – the fourth in the trail run series.

The Motors Burnie five kilometre handicap was conducted at Fernglade with the start and finish at the Burnie Pony Club grounds.

Nat Luttrell led the field away and had a good lead early from Barry Ling and Andrew Plapp. Stuart Greenhill and Roselyn Hendriks were running good races while further back Bradley Ward and Amie Bramich were  putting themselves in contention. Best chances of a backmarker victory looked to be with Michael Purton, Ewen Troughton or Kyle Groenewege.

As the pony grounds were re-entered, Ward took over the lead from Luttrell and was able to withstand all pursuers over the last two kilometres to take out his first win.

The fifteen year old from Sisters Creek is in his first season of senior racing after being a regular nominated time runner with the club. He has vastly improved in recent weeks due to taking part in every Burnie parkrun since it commenced on June second. He has been inspired to train more, resulting in a loss of weight and an improvement by several minutes in his times.

His goal now is to run a big personal best in the Burnie Ten in October.

Groenewege and Troughton filled the placings with Troughton also taking out fastest time. The quickest woman was Lyn Saint-John.

The nominated time winners were Maverick Baxter, Milla Price, Catherine Greenhill and Brian Paine.

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Race21 Fastest Fernglade 5km

Fernglade: Motors 5km

The fourth, and final, run in the popular four-run trail series takes place this Sunday when the Club heads to Fernglade for the Motors five kilometre handicap.

The course starts at the Pony Club grounds and consists of a circuit in Fernglade followed by another in the vicinity of the grounds.

With all the wet weather of recent days, there are sure to be many muddy, slippery patches to test the sure-footedness of competitors.

The return to a shorter distance after a series of longer races will be welcomed by many and one runner who is sure to perform well is Andrew Plapp who showed in the last trail run at Spreyton he likes this type of race.

In that event Plapp turned in his best performance for the year to finish fifth. He won’t have to improve much to take this out.

Another frontmarker with a big chance is club president and veteran of over 1 150 club races, Barry Ling. It is some time since he has been competitive, mainly due to persistent injuries, and a victory for him would be a popular one. He was sixth at Spreyton, just behind Plapp.

Among the middlemarkers, Russell Horton and Michelle D’Monte will be hard to beat, while brothers Isaac and Ewen Troughton may be the best of the “backies”.

Entries will close at the normal time of 9:30, with the race starting at 10:00.

A nominated time event will be conducted at 9:05.

Race 20: Anvers Confectionery 10km at Railton

 

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The Anvers Confectionery ten kilometre handicap at Railton was run in pouring rain. However a hardy band of thirty-five competitors – the smallest field for a long-time – gathered in Pioneer Park to hear the starter’s orders.

The course started with some unsealed roads, which were complete with large puddles, before heading up a tough hill and continuing to complete a circuit.

Burnie runner, Ken Troughton, showed his love for this circuit by winning the event for a second time. His previous victory, and only other one with the club, came in 2016. He had been in great form and started as one of the favourites for the event.

Dale Lancaster led the field away but was overtaken by Stephen Dutton and Ken Williams as the hill was approached at the four kilometre mark. On the tough climb, Troughton made his move with David Murton and Alan Bakes in pursuit.

Strong backmarkers, Gerard Lowry and Aaron Robertson were making good progress and further back Troy Atkins was moving strongly.

However, Troughton managed to hold them all at bay and won from Troy Atkins, who also took out fastest time, and Mollie Powell, having her first run with the club for some time.

The Club is a family affair for Troughton, with his wife also competing and his children often doing the nominated time events.

Fastest female was Lyn Saint-John.

The nominated time winners were Will and Lucy van Rooyen, and Brian Paine.

 

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Race20 Fastest Railton Anvers 10km

 

Railton: Anvers Confectionery 10km

Railton is the venue for race 20 of the season as members compete in the Anvers Confectionery 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.

One runner who won’t be at all daunted by the task, because he trains here, is the “Railton Rocket”, Gerard Lowry.

As implied by his nickname, Lowry lives in Railton and knows the course well. He has been in sparkling form lately and will be keen to win his hometown race. His best recent effort was a third four weeks ago, and he has also been close up twice since.

Evan Brett has been consistently running on strongly from the second back handicap. He was a great fifth in the half-marathon last week and will fancy his chances here.

However, there are many other runners who have been showing promise all season but unable to break through and with the end of the season looming will be keen for a win.

Among these are Kelly Baxter, Hayden Bishop, Nick Young and Ken Troughton, who is a previous winner of this event

Entries will close at 9:30, with the race starting at 10:00.

A nominated time event will be conducted at 9:05.

Race 19: AJL Yamaha and Lifestyle Half-Marathon at Ulverstone

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Competitors had perfect conditions for race 19 of the season – the AJL  Yamaha and Lifestyle half-marathon.

Light drizzle fell for most of the event and there was no wind, meaning runners could record good times and many personal bests were clocked up.

The course takes competitors from West Ulverstone to Turners Beach and return and is mostly flat, which is also conducive to fast running.

After looking the winner in so many races this year but not breaking through, finally Karina Mason was able to breast the tape for her third victory and first for five years. Coincidentally, her previous win was also in the half-marathon, albeit on a slightly different course.

On paper the race had looked like it would go to one of the backmarkers. Mason didn’t let this concern her, however, and after taking the lead from the very front marker, Dale Lancaster, with about seven kilometres covered, led for the remainder of the event.

Backmarkers did well though, with Hayden Bishop, Ben Brockman, Bryan Tuit, Evan Brett and Brad Taylor filling five of the next eight placings.

Middle markers to perform strongly included race favourite Ellen Elphinstone and Nick Young who were sixth and seventh respectively.

Unfortunately for Rick Ferguson, he went slightly off course in a momentary lapse of concentration and disqualified himself by deciding not to run through the finish. This incident probably cost him third placing.

The nominated time winners were Emma Aichberger, Will van Rooyen, Sarah Lakeland  and Hannah Elphinstone.

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Race19 Fastest Half Marathon