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Victory in the Total Performance Sports/Physiotas ten kilometre City of Devonport handicap is much sought after by members, but particularly those who reside in the town it is named for and where it is conducted.
That added an extra dimension of satisfaction for Devonport runner, Ricky Brown, when he took out the event from an excellent field of eighty-three.
Brown is pleased to be running the best he has in four years following a terrible run with injuries. He has recently been able to train consistently and so finally achieved the result he has been looking for, for some time.
He was made to work hard, however, by front marker Karina Mason whom he only caught with about two hundred metres to run. Mason was ruing another close defeat but her winning day must come soon.
Ken Troughton filled third place, showing a return to form. Other strong performances were recorded by Shane Hanson and Matthew Rolls while Neville Sweetman finished sixth indicating that the end of his long drought is in sight.
The Club ten kilometre championships were conducted based on fastest times in the race. For the women, Lyn Saint-John took it out from Natasha Mapley and Susan Moodie, while Brad Taylor won the men’s championship from Bryan Tuit and Matthew Cunningham.
Earlier the nominated time winners were Indra Taylor, Lachie Riley, Kasia Taylor and Kira Brown.
The next “blue-ribbon” event in the PCCCT season is to be held this Sunday.
It is the Total Performance Sports/ Physiotas City of Devonport 10km handicap which starts at Devonport’s Bluff Beach and uses the foreshore path and tracks in the Don Reserve.
Wins in this event are much sought after due to its history and prestige.
No doubt runners who completed last week’s marathon will struggle until fully recovered from that gruelling distance, so the winner will likely come from among those who ran the shorter 5 kilometre event.
The race looks perfect for Stowport runner, Andrew Bates. Bates is one of the up-and-coming youngsters in the club and he has been showing great form.
In the last ten kilometre event three weeks ago he was tenth and followed up with a strong-finishing third last week. The distance will suit him perfectly, so provided he pulls up okay after playing football on Saturday he could start favourite.
If Don McCreadie is able to compete, he must be the main danger, as he is displaying his best form for years. However, his attendance at events is limited due to work.
There are many other chances, though. Aaron Robertson is running consistently and is always close to winning. Haydon Bishop and Stuart Wilson ran very well last week, while among the women, Ann Horton, Lorraine Shepherd and Amie Bramich look possible winners.
The event starts at 10:00 with nominations closing at 9:30. New runners are welcome.
A nominated time event will be held at 9:05.
The longest race of the PCCCT season is a full marathon, the Greg and Dianne Woodhouse 42.195 kilometre handicap. The course takes competitors from River Park at Ulverstone to the end of the Esplanade at Turners Beach and return, twice.
The weather was fine for Sunday’s version but a stiff headwind on both return legs made for challenging conditions.
The race proved a triumph for Wynyard runner Christine Wright who hung on to defeat fast finishing back marker, Brad Taylor, by less than a minute. This was the tenth marathon for Wright, all with the PCCCT and she was thrilled to finally break through.
Taylor’s tremendous effort resulted in fastest time of 2:38:30 while the fastest female time was recorded by Hobart runner Colleen Denne who finished fourth.
Launceston runner Matthew Zegfeld was a very creditable third. Matthew Atkins finished fifth with one of the pre-race favourites, Shane Hanson, finishing strongly into sixth. In a tremendous effort, teenager Vicki Knapman finished the race to complete her first marathon.
For those not ready for such a gruelling event the Rod and Judith Priestly five kilometre handicap was conducted. Ron Chequer finally broke through for a win, with Karina Mason and Andrew Bates filling the placings. Chequer has been consistent all year and it has been seven years since his last win, also over five kilometres.
Hayden Bishop was the fastest male with Lyn Saint-John fastest female.
Earlier the nominated time winners were Chloe Bates, Mackenzie Troughton, Robyn Luttrell and Alicia Bramich.
The PCCCT marathon is the longest-running continuously conducted marathon in Australia and the 2018 version will be held this Sunday.
The Greg and Dianne Woodhouse marathon handicap runs from River Park, Ulverstone to Turners Beach and back twice and is a wonderful test of fitness and character.
A small, but select, field will start this year’s event with last year’s winner, Greg Smith, fronting up again. He loves this event and could go back to back. This would be a great result for him as he has struggled with an injury over summer and has had to rush to get fit enough.
Sally Atkinson, Chris Talbot and Shane Hanson have many kilometres training in their legs having competed already this year over even longer distances.
Brad Taylor will start from the back mark and could pass the entire field to break the tape first but will need to get past Matt Zegveld, Matthew Atkins and Kyle Groenewege who will offer stubborn resistance. Courtney Sutton is another who always runs well over this distance and cannot be discounted.
The Rod and Judith Priestly five kilometre handicap will be run at 10:30 for those not attempting the marathon. Entries for this will close at 10:00 with Karina Mason and Ricky Brown looking the best chances.
A nominated time event will be held at 9:45.
Race ten of the PCCCT season was also the second of the trail run series and was held in the park behind Hellyer College at Burnie. The Wilkinson’s Pharmacy five kilometre handicap was conducted over a hilly two lap course in still, sunny conditions.
The venue provides great spectator viewing as the runners are in sight for much of the race and a good audience watched a close and exciting contest.
During the first lap and much of the second, it appeared that the front markers would hold out the chasers. The two best positioned “fronties” were Ron Chequer and Ricky Brown.
With a kilometre to travel it appeared as if Chequer would take a long awaited victory but with about a hundred metres to run he was overtaken by a charging Isaac Troughton who had come through the field from almost the very back mark.
Chequer managed to hang on for second from Brown, who was close up in third. Race favourite, Ann Horton was not far back, finishing fifth.
This was Troughton’s third win with the Club, the other two coming in his first season two years ago. He was surprised but delighted with his victory, pointing out that his brother, with whom he has a friendly rivalry, had not even fronted for the race after a “busy” Saturday night.
Thomas Wilson was the fastest male with Lyn Saint-John fastest female.
Earlier the nominated time winners were Ashley Fehlberg, Lucy and Will van Rooyen, Max Anderson and Jemima McLaren.
The second in the popular trail run series takes place this Sunday with the running of the Wilkinson’s Pharmacy five kilometre handicap at Hellyer College. The course is entirely off sealed surfaces and provides a great contrast from running on asphalt roads.
There are a host of chances as the race suits those who prefer the shorter distances as well as those who favour trail runs. So picking the winner is a difficult task
Runners who will be well suited by the distance include Karina Mason, Ron Chequer, Ricky Brown, Ken Troughton and Alan Bakes. Of this group, Ricky Brown might be the one to break the tape. He has been showing steady improvement and hasn’t been far away in recent runs.
Among those who will enjoy the grass and gravel surfaces, Aaron Robertson, Shane Hanson, Cobie Walker and Troy Reader will be well-favoured. Shane Hanson would be the most favoured of this group. He has covered many kilometres in trail runs already this year so will be right at home here.
However, this looks to be a perfect race for Ann Horton who enjoys all distances and will handle the conditions well. She was second last week, which followed a terrific fourth in the King/Queen of the Mountains the previous week. There is certainly no concerns about her fitness.
Entries will close at 9:30. New runners are always welcome.
Members are reminded that entries for the following week’s Club marathon close this Sunday.
A nominated time event will be held at 9:05.
Race nine of the PCCCT season was the Bates Plumbing ten kilometre handicap and was conducted on a circuit using country roads at Stowport. The weather was kind to the seventy-one starters as they set off on the undulating, scenic course.
Starting from the second front mark, the race proved a triumph for Stuart Greenhill. Amazingly, Greenhill became the second winner in succession to come from the small farming district of Northdown, following on from the win of his neighbour, Owen Thomas, last week.
Taking out his first win with the Club in his third season of running, Greenhill said he took up the sport to not only lose weight and improve his fitness, but for the relief it brings from the pressures and worries of farming. He now just aims to continue to improve and keep running as long as he can.
While he was comfortably in the lead for moist of the race, back in the field, several runners looked strong chances at varying stages. Chief among these were Troy Reader and Greg Smith, with backmarker Ewen Troughton also making his way through the field.
One of the pre-race favourites, Ann Horton, ran up to expectations to eventually finish second, while Don McCreadie showed a welcome return to form with a strong run into third.
Ewen Troughton was the fastest male with Lyn Saint-John fastest female.
Earlier the nominated time winners were Cayla Ward, Ashley Fehlberg, Thomas Ward and Chloe Bates.
Following on from last week’s King/Queen of the mountains, the hills continue this Sunday with the running of the Bates Plumbing ten kilometre handicap at Stowport. However, at least there is some reprieve from the constant climbing as the event is run over a circuit course on beautiful country roads.
The winner of this event should come from among those who finished close to the winner last week. For those who did that, backing up should not be a problem as their fitness is at a high level.
Among that group, the favourite should be Debbie Riley who ran a great second after looking the winner at various stages. Riley didn’t slow over the last tough few kilometres and the course this Sunday should suit her down to the ground.
Ann Horton was not far behind Riley at the finish last week and the shorter distance should suit her better. She looks to be the main danger.
Among other with strong chances are Graeme Barr and Ricky Brown. Barr is starting to show some top form and finished in the ten last week, while Brown is starting to recover from a bad run with injury and is getting back to his best
There will be a morning tea after the race and members are asked to contribute.
Entries will close at 9:30 sharp and runners are reminded to wear timing chips and chest numbers. New runners are always welcome and will be issued with a number and chip.
A nominated time event will be held at 9:05.