Races 12 and 12(a): The Greg and Dianne Woodhouse Marathon 42.195km and Rod and Judith Priestly 5km at Ulverstone

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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.

Perfect weather greeted competitors in the 2019 version which was run last Sunday.

A smallish but quality field faced the starter, with all but three completing the gruelling event. The winner was Karina Mason who had set herself for this race by increasing her training over the last month following a two week overseas trip which freshened her legs.

Already a duel winner of the PCCCT half-marathon, Mason was delighted to add this event to her list of wins, it being her eighth marathon overall.

The gallant Matthew Atkins had to be content with second after also running second two years ago. Next to finish were Hobart runner, Michelle Chopping, Shane Hanson and Chris Talbot. For Talbot, this was his forty-second completed marathon. Atkins and Chopping had the fastest male and female times

For those wanting an easier run, the Rod and Judith Priestly five kilometre handicap was conducted. Somerset runner, Lorraine Shepheard, finally broke through for a win after four years with the club, with Hayden Bishop and Simon Gates filling the placings. Bishop tied with Ben Saint-John for fastest male while Lyn Saint-John was fastest female.

Earlier the nominated time winners were Tom Winkel, Alicia Bramich, Ashley Fehlberg and Brian Paine.

Race 11: The WT House Betta Home Living “Steve Hanson Memorial” “Ace of the Green Hills at Stanley

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Race eleven of the PCCCT season, the W T House Betta Home Living “Steve Hanson Memorial”, was conducted over an eight kilometre circuit course in Stanley.

The race, also known as “The Ace of the Green Hills” was well-attended and proved very competitive as members looked for a solid hit-out before next week’s marathon.

After seconds in the previous two races, Wynyard runner, Andrew Rolls, showed his love for the course winning this event for the second time, his previous victory coming in 2015. It was his third win overall with the Club. Although Rolls first ran with the Club in 1999, lower leg injuries have restricted him to less than a hundred Club starts in that time.

However, those injuries led to him doing a lot of bike-riding, which in turn led him into triathlons. Such has been his success in that sport that in August he’s heading to Lausanne, Switzerland, to compete in the world age-group championships.

Close behind, filling the placings, were frontmarkers, Karina Mason and Lorraine Shepherd while David Murton, Josh Febey and Amie Bramich continued their strong seasons, Bramich also running the fastest of the women (31:03).

Other eye-catching performances were recorded by Tim Dowling, Vicki Knapman and Anna Murton.

The fastest man was Thomas Murton, recording an excellent 25:39.

Earlier the nominated time winners were James Frankcombe, Robyn Luttrell, Mitchell Elphinstone, Maya Bramich and Chloe Bates.

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Race 10: The Physiotas/Meercroft Crew “City of Devonport” 10km

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Victory in the Physiotas/Meercroft Crew 10 km “City of Devonport” handicap is much sought after by members and a strongly competitive field faced the starter for the race on Sunday.

This year’s winner, Spreyton runner Roselyn Hendriks, had been close to breaking through for some time and was thrilled to do so in this race.

Commencing with the Club three years ago, Hendriks has made constant improvement to the extent that she won running a personal best time for 10 km.

While very pleased, she didn’t expect to win and, in fact, wore older, heavier running shoes that she wouldn’t mind getting dirty if the bush sections were muddy.

It made no difference, however, as she finished 71 seconds in front of race favourite Andrew Rolls with David Murton in third, followed by Karina Mason and Amie Bramich.

Other promising performances were handed in by Hayden Bishop, Josh Febey and Anna Murton, while Lorraine Shepheard rounded out “the ten”.

The Club 10 km championships were conducted based on fastest times in the race. For the women, Amie Bramich took it out from Natasha Mapley and Sarah-Jane Tregenza, while Thomas Murton, who finished seventh in the race, won the men’s championship from Brian Lyons and Brad Taylor.

Earlier the nominated time winners were Kasia Taylor, Indra Taylor, Mitchell Elphinstone, and Maya Bramich.

Members are reminded that here will be no race next week and the next event is at Stanley on June 9th.

Full details at www.pccct.org.

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Race 9: The Findex (formerly Crowe Horwath) 8 km at Wynyard

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Members headed to Wynyard for Sunday’s race – the Findex 8 kilometre handicap. The scenic course takes in tracks beside the Inglis River with a short, sharp climb to the lookout at Fossils Bluff.

This race is normally very popular with runners but this year with a couple of competing events, the number of starters was a little down. Nevertheless, strong backmarkers and many in-form runners meant it would still be very competitive.

John Purton led the field away off the front mark of 0:40 with Isaac Troughton, from his mark of 25:25 last to commence his run.

Two frontmarkers, in Ken Williams and Roselyn Hendriks, had taken the lead with a couple of kilometres to run and were looking very hard to catch.

Smithton veteran, Ken Williams managed to hold on by just four seconds from a fast-finishing Andrew Rolls with Hendriks a close third, eleven seconds further adrift.

Williams, who will be 80 later this year, is the oldest member still running after commencing with the Club in 1985. He is sixth on the Club’s run tally list having started in 730 races and this was his eleventh win.

Simon Gates, Josh Febey and Karina Mason were all close up, indicating wins for each of them are just around the corner.

Fastest male and female were Jono Price and Lyn Saint-John respectively.

Earlier, nominated time winners were: Kaleb Turner, James Frankcombe, Thomas Ward and Lucy van Rooyen.

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Race 8: The High on Penguin Mountain Classic Burnie to Ridgley 16.5km

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Warm sunny conditions greeted the forty-two 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 that it needs a fit determined runner to take it out due to the almost constant uphill course.

The race proved to be a triumph for Ulverstone runner, Kim Steven, who once again showed his liking for the most challenging events.

Steven is also a dual winner of the equally as tough, 25 kilometre Ironman Classic in the Forth Valley and is a regular competitor at the coastal trial run, Gone Nuts.

He had run third in this event two years ago and was thrilled to breakthrough, albeit for a narrow win over the extreme backmarker, Thomas Murton, who ran a wonderful race to pass every competitor but Steven and also take out the fastest time of 60:38.

The fastest woman was Amie Bramich, who also took out fifth place, continuing her great season

Andrew Rolls, was a strong third from a back mark, just in front of middle-marker Terry Watson who looked a likely winner at the half-way mark and should salute soon.

Other excellent performances were recorded by Hayden Bishop and Evan Brett, while Karina Mason showed her liking for longer events with a great run into ninth. The winner from two years ago, Ellen Elphinstone rounded out “the ten”.

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Race7: The Greg and Darlene Jacques Parcel Contracting 5km at Penguin

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The Jacques Parcel Contracting five kilometre handicap was conducted at the Penguin Motocross track and was run in beautiful weather. The course took competitors into the surrounding bush and the off-road conditions were appreciated as a change from recent road running.

A good sized field entered and racing was very competitive.

The race was a triumph for middle-marker, John Badcock. who took the lead from fronties John Purton and Tim Dowling with about a kilometre to run and managed to hold off the charging backmarkers. It was a popular win as for Badcock, from Yolla, it was his first success after commencing with the Club in 2015.

He has also struggled to gain full fitness and confidence, after an horrific fall during a bicycle race two years ago when he broke his femur.

Badcock hung on to triumph by the narrow margin of just one second from Ewen Troughton, who was also just beaten into second in this race last year. Dallas van Rooyen was third, just six seconds further back, with Ben Brockman, having his first start for the year, a close fourth.

Dowling, a previous winner of this race, held on for a good seventh with race favourite, Hayden Bishop finishing ninth.

Troughton had fastest time among the men with Amie Bramich fastest of the women.

Nominated time winners were Hannah Elphinstone, Maya Bramich, Mackenzie Troughton and Tom Winkel.

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Race 6: MA and LJ Bates 9km at Stowport

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Race six of the season was the longest and toughest of the season to date. The MA and LJ Bates nine kilometre handicap handed runners an out and back course with an uphill run to the turn. Blustery conditions on the outward leg contributed to the challenge.

Numbers were down due to other events occurring at the same time, but a quality field still gathered at the Stowport Hall for the start.

John Purton had the honour of leading the field away and led for some time before being overtaken by Ken Williams before the turn. Tim Dowling running his best race for some time, had raced into contention with White, Caroline Brett and Andrew Hay also looking chances. Williams led until the last kilometre when overtaken by White who finished strongly to repel all challenges.

Josh Febey recorded another promising effort for second with Dowling hanging on for third followed by Williams in fourth.

It was White’s first win with the Club. Although she commenced in 2015, this is the first year she has been able to run consistently. She has, however, been competing the last few years with the Coastal Senior Cycling Club with success. She finds mixing running and cycling training excellent for managing her fitness and avoiding injury.

Fastest male and female were Jason Fehlberg and Amie Bramich respectively.

Earlier, nominated time winners Milla Price, Emily Aichberger, Ashley Fehlberg and Grace Greenhill.

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Race 5: Dowling McCarthy Tyres 5km at Cooee

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Race five of the Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania’s season was held on Sunday and the Easter Bunny delivered a beautiful day for running with members keen to work off some chocolate-related calories.

Starting and finishing at the Cooee Hall, the course circumnavigated Burnie High School before heading towards the Durham Road hill, climbing five hundred metres to the turn.

Considering the long weekend, a good field gathered to hear the starter’s orders, including twelve having either their first run with the club or first for the year.

Natalie Luttrell and John Purton led the field away with Ken Williams, at 79, the Club’s oldest runner, belying his years to be in hot pursuit..

But it became clear that the winner would come from one of the middlemarkers who were quickly winding in the fronties.

In the last kilometre Alex Johnstone, took over the lead and was just able to hold off Andrew Rolls for a narrow win with Terry Watson running a game third.

Thomas Murton, who started from the very back mark, was fourth, in front of race favourite Josh Febey who was next to finish. Williams hung on well for eighth with promising runs also being recorded by Ewen Troughton and Michael Bates.

Murton recorded fastest time for the men with Brooke Fehlberg was fastest woman.

Earlier the nominated time winners were Armani Walker, McKenzie Troughton and Hanna Francombe.

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Race 4: Cradle Cost Sports and Events 7km at Don

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Sunny, warm conditions greeted PCCCT members as they arrived at the Don Cricket Ground for the Cradle Coast Sports and Events seven kilometre handicap.

Despite the Ross running carnival also being on, a good field gathered to hear the Race Manager’s address.

The race appeared as if it would be an open one, with many chances.

Nat Luttrell led the field away from the 3:15 mark with John Purton in hot pursuit.

Well into the race, Barry Ling had taken over the lead and was going well but at the five kilometre mark he was overtaken by Burnie runner, Sven Mason, who was then not going to relinquish his lead despite being chased strongly by pre-race favourite John Badcock and a pack of backmarkers including Andrew Rolls and Aaron Robertson.

Mason eventually had a comfortable win from Rolls and Josh Febey who finished strongly.

Others to race into the top ten included Terry Watson and Amie Bramich. Terry Watson continued his good form, finishing fourth while one of last week’s winners, Sally Milbourne, surprised with her seventh.

Mason was pleased to record his third win with the Club and first since 2012. He got very fit over summer doing lots of “fast-packing”, which is bush-walking at pace. He had recorded two seconds this year so was relieved to break through.

Fastest male and female were Jason Fehlberg and Amie Bramich respectively.

Nominated time winners were Hannah Elphinstone, Lucy van Rooyen, Brian Paine and Maverick Baxter.

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Races 3 (A & B): the Devonport Mazda Front Markers 5km and Simons Design Centre Back Markers 5km at Devonport

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It was a day for the female runners at Devonport Bluff on Sunday with the Devonport Mazda Front Markers and Simons Design Centre Back Markers 5km events taken out by Sally Milbourne and Brooke Fehlberg respectively.

Milbourne, who started a strong favourite for her event, ran with the Club for a couple of seasons six or seven years ago but then injuries, work and having children kept her away until this year.

She had a comfortable victory with husband and wife, Sven and Karina Mason filling the placings. Sven gaining the bragging rights for this week by finishing forty seconds in front of Karina. Others to record promising performances included Ros Hendriks, Steve Allen and Barry Ling.

Fastest male was John Badcock with Kelly Baxter fastest female.

The Back Markers was an exciting event, the field being packed with some of the best distance runners on the Coast.  However, Fehlberg wasn’t daunted. Starting from the front mark, she defied all challengers to lead from start to finish and hung on for a narrow win from Amie Bramich and youngster Alex Johnstone.

Great runs were recorded by Thomas Murton and Brian Lyons, the last two runners away, both storming into the top ten.

Fastest male and female were Thomas Murton and Amie Bramich respectively.

Nominated time winners were Jennifer Fuller, Marion Badcock, Ruby Greenhill and Alicia Bramich.

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