Race 8 Physiotas City of Devonport 10km Handicap/Molly Malone’s 10km Championships Race Briefing

Remember: this is a mass start/sealed handicap event. The handicaps and handicap race placings will be revealed following the race. Race start is at 9:30am.

It incorporates the Club’s 10km championships and for which there will be medallions and prize money.

The new toilets at Meercroft Park will be available for our use.

Please take care crossing streets and also on sections of the track which can be uneven. Only cross streets at the designated points.

The race commences at the parkrun start near the playground at The Bluff. Follow the path to the turn which is approximately opposite George Street. Return to The Bluff, crossing the road at the crossing point before the skate park.

Follow the path to Coles Beach, past Nixon Street, then follow the fingers and witches hats to Don College and around a loop in the Don Reserve before retracing your steps and finishing in front of the hockey centre.

A big thank you to our sponsors: Physiotas (handicap) and Molly Malone’s Pub (championships).

Race 7 High on Penguin Burnie to Ridgley Mountain Classic 16.5km Handicap Report

Warm and sunny conditions 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 also the challenge – it needs a fit determined runner to take it out due to the almost constant uphill course.

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.

Devonport runner, Hayden Bishop, was the backmarker and ran a very strong race to break through for his second victory following a win in a 10 kilometre event at Burnie in 2017.

After joining the Club in 2016, having done little running, Bishop has taken to the sport with relish and is now recording great times over a range of distances, including the marathon.

The go-marker, David Wright, was second with Ellen Burgess, a previous winner of this event, in third.

Club champion, Tom Murton, started from the backmark (with Tom Winkel) and did a great job to catch all bar the placegetters. He recorded the fastest time – a stunning 57:53 – while Lyn Saint-John was fastest female (77:33).

Other excellent performances, indicating a win soon, were turned in by Gerard Lowry and Christine Wright.

Race 7 High on Penguin Burnie to Ridgley Mountain Classic 16.5km Handicap

Congratulations to all members who finished the tough High on Penguin Burnie to Ridgley Mountain Classic 16.5km .

Special congratulations to Hayden Bishop who won from David Wright and Ellen Burgess.

Fastest man was Tom Murton (57:56) with Lyn Saint-John fastest woman (77:33).

There was no nominated time event this week.

Race 6 Fernglade, Wilkinson’s Pharmacy 6km Handicap Report

Race 6 of the 2021 PCCCT season was run in perfect conditions on Sunday. Starting at the pony club at Fern Glade, Burnie, the 6km course, while short in distance, provided plenty of hills for members to enjoy.

Because it was ANZAC Day, the race commenced at 1:00pm and was followed by a Club provided barbecue. Both the afternoon start time and the promise of food were popular, and a good field attended.

This course usually has some muddy, slippery sections but with the recent weather, the off-road sections were very dry.

The race was a triumph for first year runner, Ulverstone’s Sam Mawer. Although he has enjoyed running since his teen years growing up at Rosebery, he has only joined the Club this year.

Mawer started competing with the Club while recovering from a football injury to his hand. In fact, had he not had the injury, he would have been playing football for Penguin at the time he was running. He hopes to continue with both running and football when his hand has recovered.

In second place was last year’s winner of this event – young gun Will van Rooyen while the very consistent Adrian Mann was third.

Fastest male was Tom Murton who burnt up the course in 19:30 while Lyn Saint-John (24:53) was the fastest female.

Earlier, nominated time winners were Natalie and Robyn Luttrell and Hannah Elphinstone.

Race 4 Spreyton, Spreyton Cider Co 5km Handicap Results and Report

A good field gathered to hear the starter’s orders for the Spreyton Cider Co 5km handicap at Spreyton at Sunday which was run in cool but sunny conditions. With the recent dry weather, it wasn’t even necessary for members to get their feet wet as they made their way through apple and cherry orchards.

The course had a couple of changes this year to incorporate more trail and it was very well received by runners.

Matthew Lardner was a narrow winner from one of the youngest Club members, Dominic Troughton with Markus Larch, having his first run with the PCCCT in third.

Lardner, from South Forest, is one of two members who travel from Circular Head to compete and was very happy to have made the long trip worthwhile. He took up running about three years ago just for general fitness and enjoyment and decided to take a further step and run with the Club last year.

Pre-race favourite, Tony Abel was a close fourth, further indicating that a win is close.

Others to record promising performances were Will van Rooyen, Adrian Mann and backmarker, Shaun Batten, who finished strongly into eighth.

Larch took fastest time honours for the men (19:21) with Lyn Saint-John the quickest of the women (21:17).

The nominated time winner was  Monty Robertson.

Race 4 Spreyton Cider 5km Handicaps and Race Briefing

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Please ensure you are at the start line for your posted handicap time. Race start is at 11:00am.

Welcome to any new runners and new nominated time members today.

The meeting place is at the Spreyton Cider Co cidery on Melrose Road. However, the start will be in the big paddock across Sheffield Road where we have started in recent years. Please be careful crossing Sheffield Road.

IMPORTANT: do NOT do your warm-up on Sheffield Road. Use the paddock or the area around the cidery.

The course will have a couple of changes this year to make it more interesting and give us more trail. Run straight up the paddock to Jowetts Lane and turn left. Follow the road (stay on the left) until a finger directs you left into an orchard where you will run straight ahead (DO NOT turn immediately right as in previous years).

Follow the fingers and posts tied with ribbon which will take you through the cherry orchard, turn left and head down Pilgrims Road where you will be directed behind the apple shed (the second change). Complete the marked loop and rejoin your path out which will take you back to the start/finish.

The presentations will be at the Spreyton Cider Co cidery. You are invited to stop for lunch from The Little Orchard Food Van.

Thank you to Terry Watson and Roselyn Hendriks for measuring and marking the course.

2021 Season

1. Membership and entries can only be done on-line via the Club website. The link will be available on Monday 1st March.
2. Season membership is $60. Each race entry is $6 but you have the option of paying upfront for all 21 races up to 13.5km (except the team marathon). The cost is $120 and means you won’t have to enter on a weekly basis as you will be entered automatically (and you get a free race 😃). Total upfront cost = $180. The races over 13.5km (five in total), plus the team marathon, will need to be entered individually.
3. You can still pay $60 membership and then just pay the entry fee for each race you wish to run.
4. Nominated time events will be held at 9:00am. Registration for these can be done on-line only for a cost of $10. Runners must be 15 to run in the handicap events. As for recent years, 12, 13 and 14 year olds can do their nominated time in the main (handicapped) event when it is 5km or 6km.
5. Generally, entries will close at 6:00pm the Friday night before the race if you are entering week by week. Some races will have earlier entry cut-off times.
6. Handicaps will be published on the website on Saturday evening along with the pre-race briefing. These will also be available on the van on Sunday morning.
7. Most races commence at 9:30am. If you are feeling unwell do not attend the race.
8. Remember to wear your Club number on your front.
9.There is no need to wear timing chips. Only hand-timing will be used.
10. Please keep 1.5m from others and use other COVID safe practices.
11. For each race there will be prizemoney, trophies and sashes as in years prior to 2020.
12. There will also be three random draw vouchers to be drawn from all runners and volunteers involved in each race.

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

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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.