This course consists of two laps (2.5 km each) around the main Arboretum area. These cover varying terrain and vegetation. This should make for very scenic run for both competitors and spectators. Due to the nature of the course, there will be lots of viewing opportunities for spectators.
The race starts near the crossroads of the main gravel tracks of the area. Runners will exit the gravel travel and cross an open grass area followed by a short bridge. The course then winds over the western hill, following the marked tracks. After approx. 600 m, runners will start descending off the hill using the track network down to the main gravel track. The course then returns almost to the track crossroads before reaching a turnaround. At this point the course follows the main Sylvan Circuit track (~1.5 km) in a clockwise direction. Once the full circuit has been completed, runners will have returned to the track crossroads. This is the end of the first lap. The second lap follows exactly the same route from this point. The finish chute will be next to the Rotunda in the open grassed area to the west of the crossroads.
The PCCCT has taken out membership of the Arboretum, so club members do not need to pay for entry on the day. However, any members who wish to donate to the Arboretum are encouraged to do so. They are supporting us by allowing access to the site, so any support we can provide back will be welcomed.
There is smallish carpark at Arboretum. However, as the site will be open to the general public, we ask members to consider carpooling to the race where possible. Also, could all members avoid parking in areas other than the car park; this includes not parking along the entrance avenue (starting at the site gates and leading up to the car park).
The first 800m of each lap is predominantly single-track grass paths. These are well marked but there will be limited opportunities for passing. Please pick your moment and pass safely. Once the course leaves the western hill the track opens up leaving plenty of space to passing on the back 2/3 of each lap.
There are sections of slightly uneven ground and exposed roots on course (first 800m of each lap). There are also a handful of sharp switchbacks when descending off the hill. Runners are reminded to take care and run to their limits.
The course is likely to be damp underfoot, but there will be no muddy sections.
Please respect the site and keep to marked paths and open grass areas at all times.
Please respect other users of the course, as it is open to the public during our race.
This course consists of four laps (1 large and 3 small) around the Romaine park area. This should provide great viewing options for spectators allowing them to follow the race as it unfolds.
The race starts on the eastern side of the Romaine Creek dam opposite the carpark off Amanda Crescent. For lap 1, runners then cross the dam wall and run around the dam in an anticlockwise direction following the main track for 600m. At this point runners reach a T intersection and the lap turns right up the hill, following the main track for another 500m before reaching the turn around point and returning via the dirt track that branches off the main track. The lap continues to follow the dirt track heading north down the park fence line for 1000 m, past the dam to another turn around point which re-joins the main track and heads back towards the start area. Lap 2 begins once runners reach the dam wall. Lap 2 continues along the same track as lap 1 until the T intersection. At this point runners continue straight and follow the main track for 600m back to the start area. Laps 3 and 4 are repeats of lap 2. After completing lap 4 runners will cross the dam wall a final time and the finish chute is on the left of the track near the children’s playground and carpark.
Parking is limited in the Romaine carpark. Therefore, all competitors that are able, are requested to park in Blackwood Parade or Kingsley Avenue. This is to ensure access to the park area for other users and club members who are travelling with people who have mobility issues and/or small children.
When warming up and moving towards the start area, people are reminded that runners may starting their race. As the main track narrows near the dam wall, please avoid interfering with runners already on course. If possible, please approach the start area by walking in an anticlockwise direction around the dam.
Given the rain forecast for this weekend, parts of the course are likely to be damp and muddy underfoot. However, there will not be any heavy mud sections. Please choose your footwear accordingly.
Race twelve of the PCCCT Season will be run on Sunday, heading to Romaine Park for the Sea-Lyons Swim School 6km Handicap.
One of the positives from last year’s shortened season was the trialling of new races, with this course at Romaine proving to be a favourite amongst members.
The quiet and scenic course proved to be fast last year, despite the undulating conditions and loose ground underfoot.
Shaun Batten looks to be a runner that suits this course well and is a strong chance to break the tape first. He has been a consistent fixture in the top five over the last few races, with the shorter races suiting his explosive speed.
His biggest competition looks to be Thomas Murton, who has been working his way up the positions each week. It’s not very often a shorter race is won by the backmarker, though Thomas could be an exception.
Anne Thomas found herself in the top ten in Stanley and wouldn’t surprise with a victory, whilst Josh Febey has been consistent all year and could find himself amongst it also.
Others to watch are Tony Abel, Sam Lovatt, and Felicity Lovatt.
New members are always welcomed, and runners are reminded that entries are online only and will close on Friday at 6pm.
The coldest morning of the year so far greeted members on Sunday for the running of the Greg and Dianne Woodhouse Marathon, and the Acacia Concrete and Render Services Teams Marathon Handicap.
The Marathon Handicap is the longest running marathon in Australia, carrying great prestige amongst the community and club members. Six keen runners attempted the distance, with all entrants finishing.
Greg Malley broke the tape for his second win of the year, finishing eleven minutes in front of second place getter Lib Smith.
Malley won race three of the season at Port Sorell and has been consistently improving since. He re-joined the club last year after a four-year hiatus. Greg planned on running only half the distance, but mid-week decided to attempt to complete the entire marathon. The decision paid off, recording an impressive time of three hours and thirty-nine minutes.
Devonport runner Lib Smith came home second, also recording the fastest time for the women. Shane Hanson finished close behind for third, with Sam Mawer finishing fourth for his debut marathon, also recording the fastest time for the men.
Cherie Lowe finished fifth for her first run with the club, with pre-race favourite Christopher Talbot finishing sixth.
In the team’s marathon, sixteen teams of four took part. with the ‘Everyday Lions Purple Army’ taking out the win. Team members Narelle Jacobs, Amie Bramich, Travis Bassett, and Brian Lyons all ran a strong race, with two members recording big personal bests over ten kilometres.
They were followed by ‘Meercroft Crew’ in second, with ‘Something Clever’ and ‘Sesame Street’ rounding out the placings.
A massive congratulations to the 6 finishers in the Greg and Dianne Woodhouse Marathon today!
Greg Malley won from Lib Smith, Shane Hanson, Sam Mawer, and Cherie Lowe.
Fastest Male was Sam Mawer (3:34:00) and Fastest Female was Lib Smith (4:29:52)
16 teams of 4 took part in the innaugrual Acacia Concrete and Render Services Teams Marathon.
Everyday Lions Purple Army (Amie Bramich, Narelle Jacobs, Travis Bassett, Brian Lyons) won from Meercroft Crew (Hayden Bishop, Ben Brockman, Shaun Batten, Gerard Lowry), Something Clever (Jason Scott, Ellen Burgess, Mark Saint John, Ben Young), and Sesame Street (Anna Murton, Andrew Rolls, Daile Bennett-Moyle, Rhian Miles).
This week there are two events being conducted concurrently over the same course – the Greg & Di Woodhouse Marathon and the Acacia Concrete & Render Services Marathon Teams Race.
The marathon will start at 7.00am and the first team will start at 8.00am. Competitors need to wear a race bib, which will be provided, to identify which race they are in and what team. You do not need to wear your PCCCT race number. Bibs will need to be collected before the start of the race. It is an out and back course which is repeated twice. The races start at the Ulverstone Cricket Club in River Road, West Ulverstone. The course heads east along River Road to the Ulverstone Bridge, under and across the bridge, down past the wharf precinct to Otto’s Grotto and onto Fairway Park walking track to Buttons Creek and along Beach Road to the start of the Ulverstone/Turners Beach coastal pathway where there will be a drink station. Runners follow the pathway to Turners Beach and then along The Esplanade to the turn which is beside the Forth River where there will be another drink station. This is where the second and fourth teams’ runners will commence their runs. Runners follow the exact same course back to the Ulverstone Cricket Club. This will be the halfway point for the marathon competitors and where the third leg teams’ runners will commence.
Post-race presentations will take place in the Ulverstone Cricket Club clubrooms. A soup luncheon will be provided. There are toilet and shower facilities available.
The PCCCT Greg and Dianne Woodhouse Marathon is the longest-running handicap marathon in Australia, and the 2021 edition of the race will be held this Sunday.
Alongside, it will also see the inaugural running of the Acacia Concrete and Render Services Teams Marathon Handicap.
Both races utilise the pathway between Ulverstone and Turners Beach, starting at River Park in Ulverstone, and heading out to the end of the esplanade at Turners Beach, before returning. The Marathon competitors will complete two laps of this course, with Teams Marathon competitors each completing a 10.55km point to point leg.
A small but quality field will assemble for the main event, the Marathon, with proceedings beginning at 7am.
The entire field look equal chances of winning, with many variables to consider over such a long distance.
Christopher Talbot looks a strong chance, having won the Half Marathon in 2019. The distance suits him well and is a regular competitor in this event. Shane Hanson is another runner that will suit the distance, thriving on the longer races.
Sam Mawer also wouldn’t surprise with a win off the back-mark. He will have a lot of ground to make up on the front-markers, starting over an hour later.
The Team’s event is anyone’s game, with sixteen teams of four taking to the course. This event will start at 8am, with a fast race expected.
Notable teams to watch out for are ‘Everyday Lions’, ‘Gunnaz Runnaz’, ‘Meercroft Crew’, and ‘Late’.
Entries for both events have now closed. There will be no nominated time event this week.
Handicaps will be posted Friday at 6pm, along with the race brief.
A sunny autumn morning greeted 58 runners to Stanley for the running of the Dowling McCarthy Tyres/Hanson Family ‘Steve Hanson Memorial’ Ace of the Green Hills 8km handicap.
A prestigious event on the PCCCT calendar, the Stanley run is a favourite amongst members, known for its stunning views and tough but fast course.
Young charger Dominic Troughton broke through for his first win in a handicap race, coming home over a minute in front of Ken Williams and Shaun Batten.
Dominic regularly runs with the Burnie Solemates group, which includes many members of the PCCCT, including his mother and father; Mary-Lou and Ken. He has also been running with the club for a few years, competing in the nominated time events each week. Now old enough to run in the handicap races at fifteen-years-old, he has stepped up this year and really impressed with his weekly improvement, especially over the longer distances.
One of the front-markers, Ken Williams has impressed in recent weeks, finishing in second place. The fast finishing Shaun Batten came home third, with a win surely in his sights.
Fastest Male was Thomas Murton, finishing fourth in a time of 25:17. Sam Lovatt rounded out the top five.
Pre-race favourite Gerard Lowry finished ninth, with Anne Thomas the first female home in seventh.
Fastest Female was Rachel Young in a time of 36:44.
The earlier nominated time event winners were Pamela Robertson and Kobie Reid.