Race 25: Big Six

Following the excitement of the Feature Race last weekend, club members return to Burnie this week for the West Park Grove/Big Six 6 kilometre handicap.

The race takes a circuit course from the Howe St Netball Centre and includes the steep hike up Brickport Road.

With only this and two more races this season, members who have not had a win this year will be keen to break the tape.

Following a top run for third two weeks ago, Kelly Baxter followed up with a great eighth in the Feature Race and looks to be the pick. After being close to winning several times early in the year, she took some time off to freshen up and it has worked a treat.

Evan Brett looks the main danger. He has finished fourth in his last two runs and the tough hill will suit him down to the ground.

Front markers Christine Wright and Mary-Lou Troughton will be hard to catch, while if there is a surprise winner it could be any of Peter Sartori, Lorraine Shepherd or Amie Bramich

Entries close at 9:30 with the race beginning at 10:30. Nominated time events will be held at 9:10.

Race 24: Gowans Motor Group Wynyard to Burnie Feature Race.

Lyn Saint-John

The fiftieth running of the PCCCT Gowans Motor Group 17.6 kilometre Wynyard to Burnie Feature Race was run in good conditions on Sunday.

Penguin runner, Lyn Saint-John has triumphed winning her second Feature Race after victory in 2010. Since then she has had to overcome illness to finally regain her best form. She was able to hold off a quickly closing Bryan Tuit, who ran from the third back handicap, with pre-race favourite, Chris Purton in third.

Nearly ninety starters gathered to hear the starter’s orders before go-marker John Lucas got underway at 9:30.

With a few kilometres to run, Eric Hughes was in front but soon after he was overtaken by Rick Ferguson who had Kelly Baxter in tow.

Purton was looking ominous but Saint-John had him in her sights. Further back Evan Brett and Bryan Tuit were finishing strongly.

With a kilometre to go, Purton hit the lead but shortly after Saint-John was in front with Tuit the only danger but unable to reel her in.

A brilliant run by Brian Lyons gave him fastest time for the men while Saint-John was fastest woman.

2017 Feature Race – Placings

Feature Race – Fastest to Slowest

Race 23: Kevin Burn Memorial, Michael Wilson and Brown Family @ Gunns Plains

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Penguin runner, Chris Purton, has won his second race for the season, taking out the eleven kilometre Kevin Burn Memorial at Gunns Plains on Sunday.

Run over a scenic circuit course, the race is a favourite among club members.

Despite having had three rehandicaps due to his first win and subsequent placings, the tremendous effort that Purton has put into his training, plus trimming off some kilograms, has had its reward.

Purton also credits football umpiring on Saturdays and competitive co-markers with improving his performances.

He was chased hard all the way by Owen Thomas with Kelly Baxter hanging on well to finish third.

Evan Brett and Isaac Troughton impressed with strong runs from back marks, to finish fourth and fifth respectively while Christine Wright, Ann Horton and Mary-Lou Troughton all finished in the top ten.

Other runners turning in promising efforts for the big Wynyard to Burnie Feature Race this Sunday included Michael Purton and Hayden Bishop.

Fastest time was recorded by Jason Fehlberg for the men while Kim Reader was the fastest woman.

Nominated time winners were Robyn, Trinity and Natalie Luttrell and Brian Paine.

Race 23 2017 Placings – Gunns Plains 11km

Race 23 2017 Fastest to Slowest – Gunns Plains 11km

Race 23: Kevin Burn Memorial, Michael Wilson and Brown Family @ Gunns Plains

This Sunday the PCCCT heads to Gunns Plains for the Kevin Burn Memorial, Michael Wilson and Brown Family 11km handicap.

Runners will be pleased that this year the circuit course can be used again following the rebuilding of Marshalls Bridge. There is some undulation on the western side of the river but no real hills meaning that some good times should be recorded.

This is the last event before the Wynyard-Burnie Feature Race, Very keen racing is ensured as members will be fine-tuning for the following week with the knowledge that the winner will not be rehandicapped until after that big event.

A runner who will be well suited to the distance is Isaac Troughton. He has been showing good form lately and will love these conditions. He will be challenged by John Saltmarsh who is running consistently and showing promise.

Backmarkers Bryan Tuit and Brad Taylor will be hard to hold out. If a middle-marker is to win it could be any of Chris Purton, Ricky Cross or Lyn Saint-John, while the best of the front-markers looks to be David Wright.

Race 22: Fish Frenzy 5km handicap

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Cradle Mountain runner, Mike Taylor, has broken through for another win in the Fish Frenzy five kilometre handicap at Burnie on Sunday.

A veteran of the club, with more than seven hundred starts, this was Taylor’s ninth win but one of his more satisfying, as has he has been struggling for form recently.

Starting from a front mark, the fast, flat course suited Taylor so that he wound up a comfortable winner from Owen Thomas and Andrew Plapp after taking the lead about 500 metres from the finish. A good field of 82 competed.

Promising runs were recorded by David Wright, Mary-Lou Troughton and Ricky Cross. Thomas Wilson was the best of the back markers with a strong-finishing sixth.

The race incorporated the club’s five kilometre championships, based on fastest times. For the men this was won by Brad Taylor from Bryan Tuit and Thomas Wilson while Daille Moyle took out the win for the women from Michelle D’Monte and Anna Murton.

Nominated time winners were Quinn Aitken, Bethany Boyd, Page Aitken, Keryn Aitken, and Maverick Baxter.

Race 22 2017 Placings – Fish Frenzy 5km

Race 22 2017 Fastest to Slowest – Fish Frenzy 5km

Race 22: Fish Frenzy 5km handicap.

The fast and furious Fish Frenzy 5 kilometre handicap from West Beach is the next event for the PCCCT. This event will also incorporate the club’s 5 kilometre championships.

With the Feature Race just two weeks away, runners will be keen for a solid hit-out and the racing is certain to be close and exciting.

Shorter events tend to favour in-form front-markers and the one who could take this out is club president, Barry Ling.

Ling is one or the few runners who began with the club in its first year, 1968, who is still competing. He is the club record holder for most starts with almost 1150.

Although he is carrying a few niggly injuries these days, he has shown lately he is still very competitive.

Seventeen year old Will Cleaver, in his first year with the club, impressed with his effort last week and will be hard to hold out, while Mike Taylor, John Purton and Mary-Lou Troughton also look like strong chances.

2017 Feature Race

2017 Feature Race Handicaps

Feature Race Calcutta Draw

The premier event of the PCCCT season – the Gowans Motor Group, Wynyard to Burnie Feature Race – will be held this Sunday.

It will be the fiftieth running of the event and the presentations afterwards will be accompanied by displays and guest speakers to mark the Golden Anniversary of the Club. Many past winners of this event will be present to watch the race and join in the post-race celebrations.

The race itself is wide open with many runners having excellent chances of breaking the tape.

Among the front markers, Christine Wright, Kelly Baxter and Ann Horton will be hard to catch while the pick of the middle markers look to be Ricky Cross, Chris Purton, Sally Haynes and Lyn Saint-John.

However the winner will most likely be one of the strong back markers as they appear to be best suited by the distance. Any of Michael Purton, Keegan Powell, Evan Brett, Thomas Wilson or Bryan Tuit could be first on to West Park.

The race begins at 9:30, with back marker Brian Lyons away 1:06:55 later. The winner is expected to cross the line around 11:30.

Here are important details about the Feature Race to note.

Feature Race details 2017

Here are all the Feature Race results from 1968 until last year, compiled by Eric Hughes with assistance from Barry Ling. Thank you gentlemen.

Feature Race First 25 Races

Feature Race Last 25 Races

FR Stats Only1968-2016

FR All Finishers 1968-2016

Race 21: Motors 5km at Fernglade

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First year Burnie runner, Tony Stewart, was pleased to take his maiden win in the Motors 5km handicap at Fernglade on Sunday.

This race was conducted as a trail run and the wet, slippery conditions suited Stewart who took up running to deal with a chronic back issue and to lose some weight after he was forced to give up football umpiring due to clashes with work.

Starting from a front mark, Stewart quickly took the lead and was never challenged although second place getter, Will Cleaver was rattling home from a back mark to get within 31 seconds.

Another front marker, John Purton hung on for third while race favourite, Owen Thomas, did not disappoint with a strong fourth.

Other good performances, were recorded by Barry Ling, Mike Taylor and Anthea White, who was having her first start with the club in sometime..

Fastest male was 15 year old Ben Saint John who started from the very back mark while his mother, Lyn Saint-John, was the fastest woman.

Nominated time winners were Trinity Luttrell, Mackenzie and Dominic Troughton, and Maya Bramich.

Race 21 2017 Placings – Fernglade 5km

Race 21 2017 Fastest to Slowest – Fernglade 5km

Race 21: Motors 5km handicap at Fernglade

This Sunday the PCCCT conducts the fourth and last in its series of trail runs with the Motors 5km handicap at Fernglade.

Runners are advised to wear their old shoes as the track promises many puddles and lots of mud.

Some runners love this sort of terrain. One who does and looks to be a big chance is first year runner Owen Thomas.

Spending his working days on a farm, Thomas is well used to the mud; however, he has the recent form to start favourite in this race. He ran an excellent third in the half marathon last week and has many other top ten placings in recent weeks.

Kelly Baxter will be a big chance, returning to racing in good form after a short break. She looked close to winning earlier in the year and will be keen to break through before the end of the season.

Other runners worth keeping an eye on include Barry Ling, Grant McCormack and Will Flynn.