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Greg and Dianne Woodhouse Virtual Marathon Results

Congratulations to our 4 marathoners that completed the 42.2km this weekend!

The winner of our random draw, a $50 Thirty Three Cups Voucher thanks to Greg and Dianne Woodhouse, is Daniel Summers! Please contact us to arrange collection of your prize.

Results of the Acacia Concrete and Render Services Teams Marathon will be posted tomorrow evening…

12 questions with……Hayden Bishop

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  1. How long have you been a member of PCCCT?

My first race was in Penguin in 2016, first full season in 2017.

2. How did you get into running?

Through my father in-law, Greg Smith. A condition of a trip to the Gold Coast was that everyone had to do a race at the Gold Coast Marathon in 2016. So, I entered the 5.7km race. After that, I was hooked.

3. We have some great running spots on the NW. Where are some of your favourite?

I tend to spend most of my time on the Coastal Pathway around Devonport. We are very lucky to have beautiful tracks to run on around Devonport which is something I take for granted sometimes.

4. What have you enjoyed about being in the club?

The friendly but competitive atmosphere has helped me push myself to achieve the most out of my running. The social aspect is also a highlight and I look forward to attending every run.

5. You are known for your banter in the Devonport running community. Who else gives just as much?

This is a view of others that I’ve only just become aware of! I usually speak without thinking, which will probably get me in trouble one day. I’ve always thought that other members of the Meercroft Crew have had top banter, guys like Bryan Tuit, Evan Brett, Ben Brockman, the list goes on! Natasha Mapley also has some top responses to the garbage I spew out on most of our runs.

6. You recently achieved a half marathon pb, what is your next goal?

Currently resetting and having a rest to heal a recurring knee injury, but I’m ready for another crack at a marathon. Would love to run sub-3 hours, with an even or negative split.

7. Running tips?

Consistency. Try to keep a consistent schedule if you want to see results.

Learn to hurt. Want that race result or PB you’re chasing? It’ll hurt. Push through the pain, it’s worth it.

Training partner/crew. Find a friend, or a group to train with. It makes it so much easier to rock up to training with mates, and they help push you and make you a better runner.

8. You train with the Meercroft crew. Does this help keep you motivated?

I wouldn’t be the runner I am today without that crew. I sometimes struggle for motivation, but as soon as I rock up for training, I feel motivated. An awesome bunch of guys and girls that push each other and thrive for improvement. It’s great to finally train together again.

9. Do you have any races planned for 2021?

As I said earlier, I’d love another crack at a Marathon. The way things currently are, that probably won’t be until next year. Mountain Classic, Ironman, Half Marathon and Feature Race are also other races I like to get good results in. Point to Pinnacle is also an annual trip for me, I love that race.

10. Other sports/hobbies

I always tell people there is a reason I run, because I’m absolutely useless at any other sports. I have dabbled in Triathalon, but I can’t swim to save my life. Don’t really have any other hobbies, running keeps me pretty busy in my spare time.

11. You couldn’t live without?

Typical soppy answer, but my wife April. She is my rock and does nothing but support me. Even when I get up at stupid o’clock every morning to go for a run (though she does yell at me to turn the lights off).

12. What is something about you most people wouldn’t know?

I was so far removed from sports in school. I was your typical computer nerd, hiding in the computer room at lunch time and not interested in exercise at all. I did play hockey and only started because the team got pizza for lunch one day at school. I’m still a nerd at heart though.

12 Questions with……….Greg Smith

1. How long have you been running with the club?

Started running with the club in 1992, so this year would be the 29th year if we get to start at all.

2. You have seen a few course changes over the years. What are some of your favourite?
My favourite course by far is the 25km Ironman course in the Forth Valley.I also liked the Marathon course we had in the early 2000s which started at the Ulverstone Football Ground, headed to Forth and comprised 3 x 10km loops before heading back to the football ground to finish. This course produced my quickest Marathon time of 2hrs 41 mins.

3. How did you get into running and what has it given you?
I got into running after doing duathlons and some triathlons in my mid to late 20s and soon realised I was hopeless at swimming, Okay on the bike and above average on the run so it was a pretty easy decision in the end. Running has given me a passion that I will always treasure and a chance to meet so many wonderful people.

4. You train with the Meercroft group, how have you stayed motivated without them during COVID-19?
The Meercroft Crew are an amazing group of runners and friends and we still keep in touch through social media. There is always great banter happening and Hayden Bishop, Natasha Mapley and myself have a morning crew where we have a rotating roster of 2 due to the COVID-19 restrictions. I’m the slow runner of the 3 of us.

5. What pleases you the most with running?
I get so much enjoyment out of younger runners who show determination and dedication.I’m a bit biased but the Morning Crew of Hayden (Son-In-Law) and Natasha Mapley (Tash) are two fine examples. Hayden has improved so much in the last two years and has a bright future and Tash is so focused and determined. She has that never-say-die attitude that will take her a long way in her running career.

6. Your favourite spot locally you like to run?
My favourite run is the Devonport/Miandetta Loop which is roughly 14km with a bit of everything.
My number 1 run is definitely the Ironman course in the Forth Valley.

7. Some of the reasons that you like being a part of the PCCCT Club?
This is an easy question to answer. The club has been a huge part of my life and I have met many great runners and have gained many special friendships along the way. I have the utmost respect for people like Barry Ling who has been the heart and soul of the club since its formation. There is also the great Devonport/Burnie rivalry which always draws healthy contests no matter the race and then there is the handicapping. No one loves the handicapper (Hi Pat).

8. What is your most memorable running experience?
My most memorable running experience was finishing in front of the great Dave Chettle (my role model) in the Shearwater Fun Run many many years ago. it still brings a smile to my face thinking about it now. Running the Host City Marathon in Sydney as the test event for the Sydney Olympics 2000 was an unbelievable experience with 5 800 marathoners and to win 3 Ironmans, 2 Marathons and 2 Half Marathons with the Club is so special to me.

9. Running tips?
Enjoy the journey, Don’t take it too seriously and control what you can control and improvement will come. My first coach said to me if you’re hurting in a race, so is everyone else as well but if you want to win you have to hurt twice as much.

10. Who are some of your role models in running?
I have 2 role models in running and they are Dave Chettle and Viv Woodward (my first running coach). Both were great Devonport athletes and special people as well. I feel very fortunate to have been under Woody’s guidance and catch up with Chet usually along the walking track for a tip or two.

11. What is something about you most people wouldn’t Know?
I come from a large family of 11 children and life was a struggle for Mum as a single parent to raise us the best she could and keep food on the table, but she did and for that l am truly grateful.

12. If you could holiday anywhere, would you go and what would you do?
I love Australia and it has never interested me to go anywhere overseas.We live in the best place in the world anyway.