Race 22: The Kevin Burn Memorial/Brown Family 13.5km at Gunns Plains


Kelly Small

Race 22 of the season, the Kevin Brown Memorial/Brown Family 13.5km handicap was run at Gunns Plains in perfect conditions.

Runners relished the mostly flat course, although the distance of 13.5 kilometres can be a testing one.

Run as a circuit taking in both sides of the Leven River, the race started and commenced at Wings Wildlife Park.

Race favourite, Burnie runner Kelly Baxter, was a very deserving winner after going close in so many races over the last couple of years.

After commencing with the Club in 2014, Baxter took out her first win the following year at Wivenhoe but hadn’t been able to break through again until Sunday. Although she prefers flat courses, she is now going to challenge herself by running the Point to Pinnacle in Hobart in November.

After taking the lead from frontmarker, Dale Lancaster, with about two kilometres to run, Baxter held on to defeat Nick Young and her co-marker, Mary-Lou Troughton. Terry Watson and Russell Horton continued their good form to record the next two placings.

Others who look on track for the Feature Race in two weeks include Josh Febey, Mark-Saint-John and Andrew Hay, while backmarker Thomas Murton stormed through the field to record fastest time and finish sixth.

Fastest woman was Natasha Mapley. She was eleventh across the line.

The nominated time winners were Mitchell and Hannah Elphinstone, James Frankcombe and Mackenzie Troughton.

Please note that these are provisional results.

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Race 21: The Molly Malone’s 6km at Devonport

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The Molly Malone’s six kilometre handicap was run on Sunday in Devonport over a scenic route taking in Victoria Parade and the Bluff with a climb up to the lighthouse. However, no-one had time to admire the views while racing over the fast, flat course.

The event proved to be a triumph for female members of the Club as they took out the first three places.

Wynyard runner and triathlete, Anna Murton, had a very timely win. After being very consistent all year, she managed a victory in what will be her last Club race for this season. This Sunday she leaves for Europe where she will compete in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. Following the Championships. Murton and her partner Andrew Rolls, who will also be competing, will stay on for a holiday for several weeks.

Rolls, who also won a race this year, took out fastest time honours among the men with Lyn Saint-John the fastest woman.

In her best run with the Club since commencing earlier this year, Danielle Newall was just ten seconds behind Murton with race favourite, Mary-Lou Troughton in third. David Wright and  Nick Young showed they are running into good form taking out the next two places.

Also catching the eye were Russell Horton, Tony Stewart and the very consistent Josh Febey.

Nominated time winners were Mia Robertson, Mitchell and Hannah Elphinstone, Mackenzie Troughton and Will van Rooyen.

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Race 20: The Anvers Confectionery 10km at Railton

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Last year morning rain affected numbers for the Anvers Confectionery ten kilometre handicap at Railton. By contrast, this year a beautiful clear day greeted competitors as they arrived in Pioneer Park so that a good size field assembled for the start.

The course takes runners on back streets and through a bush track before heading up the tough Newbed Road hill and continuing to complete a circuit.

Race favourite, Devonport runner, Michelle D’Monte, broke through for a well-deserved win after two recent seconds. She did it in style, winning by more than a minute, reward for the dedication to her training she has shown in recent months after a period when busy with family commitments.

Her last win was a five kilometre race at Devonport three years ago and this was her fourth win overall after commencing with the club in 2009.

Behind D’Monte the race was much closer with ten runners finishing within forty-eight seconds. Terry Watson continued his promising form to take second ahead of Mary-Lou Troughton. Mark Saint-John, who finished fourth, impressed with a strong return to form.

Others to catch the eye included the consistent Josh Febey, Andrew Hay and Russell Horton.

Fastest female was Amie Bramich (41:57) with Evan Brett, who finished seventh in the race, fastest male (35:46).

The nominated time winners were Mackenzie Troughton, Will van Rooyen and Lucy van Rooyen.

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Race 19: The AJL Lifestyle/AJL Yamaha Half marathon at Turners Beach

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Competitors had perfect conditions for race 19 of the season – the AJL Lifestyle and Yamaha half-marathon.

The course, taking competitors from Turners Beach to West Ulverstone and return, was mostly flat, and so conducive to fast running.

On paper it looked likely to be a very close race and the top ten featured runners from front, middle and back marks.

The winner was Cuprona runner, Chris Talbot, who is a long course specialist. Talbot had won the event previously in 2014 and is also a winner of the Club’s marathon. He has been running with the Club for about ten years after taking up running in his mid-fifties.

Since then he has completed forty-two marathons. His aim is to get one hundred under the belt and is hoping to do five a year to get there. He has also finished the one hundred and one kilometres of Gone Nuts twice as well as other ultra-marathons.

The next finishers were women, with Kelly Baxter just holding off Tash Mapley for second. Dale Lancaster was first to start and ran another brave race to finish fourth after leading until the last kilometre, while Terry Watson was fifth.

Other eye-catching runs were from Ben Brockman and Michelle D’Monte while backmarker, Brian Lyons, finished eighth

Lyons had the fastest time of 70:16 with Tash Mapley fastest of the women in 84:32 .

The nominated time winners were Phoebe Gillard, Ellen and Hannah Elphinstone and Ashley Fehlberg.

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Race 18: The Spreyton Cider Co 6km (almost!) at Spreyton

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A good field gathered to hear the starter’s orders for the Spreyton Cider Company six kilometre handicap at Spreyton which was run in clear, sunny conditions. Despite the fine day, there was plenty of mud and puddles for competitors to enjoy as they made their way around paddocks and through apple and cherry orchards.

It promised to be an event for front and middle markers and so it proved to be with Sulphur Creek runner, John Purton, from the second front handicap, breaking the tape.

Purton is one of the Club’s longest term members and won the Feature Race almost fifty years ago in 1970, the third year of the Club’s existence. He had won three other races as well, before today, his last coming five years ago. Interestingly, those three wins were all in the same event – the Paine Memorial ten kilometres at Burnie.

He has only run about 220 races due to years out of running pursuing his other great love – woodchopping.

Michelle D’Monte was a fast-closing second – her second runner-up position in two weeks – while Dale Lancaster continued her good form for third.

Others to record promising performances  were Andrew Hay, Terry Watson and Russell Horton.

Jason Fehlberg took fastest time honours for the men with Lyn Saint-John the quickest of the women.

The nominated time winners were Ashley Fehlberg, Leykas Walker, Ruby Greenhill, Tilly Richard and Cayla Ward.

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Race 17: The Raymond Spinks/Coastal Running Club 12km at Somerset

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A good-sized, competitive field started in race 17 of the season – the Raymond Spinks/Coastal Running Club twelve kilometres at Somerset. The hilly circuit course is a challenging one, commencing with a steady four kilometre climb up the Murchison Highway.

In a pleasing result for the handicapper, Pat McMahon, the top ten contained the first runner away (who finished), Dale Lancaster, the last away, Thomas Murton, with a good smattering of athletes from front, middle and back marks all close to the winner, Tim Dowling.

This was Dowling’s second win with the Club, the first being a five kilometre event at Penguin in 2016. He started one of the favourites after strong recent form brought about by some extra training. He knew the course well, as he lives close by and actually trains over part of it.

Michelle D’Monte showed a return to her best form with a powerful run into second place, just catching Lancaster before the line.

Simon Gates turned in another promising performance, while Natasha Mapley and Michael Bates indicated wins for them are close. Terry Watson, returning from injury, and Kelly Baxter also caught the eye.

Murton was the fastest male in a slick 42:20, finishing ninth, while Mapley was quickest of the women in a time of 50:22, which was the seventh fastest in the whole field.

The nominated time winners were Will van Rooyen, Brian Paine, Milla Price, Lucy van Rooyen and Maya Bramich.

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Race 16: the Fish Frenzy 5km at Burnie and PCCCT 5km championships.

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Sunday’s race, the Fish Frenzy five kilometres utilised the Burnie parkrun course and despite the less than ideal weather, a good field competed. Competitors had to run into a strong head wind on the outward leg but enjoyed the tailwind on the return.

This year, the event, which also included the Club five kilometre championships, was conducted as a sealed handicap so all runners commenced together and the handicaps were applied after the race,.

It proved to be a great day for the Murton family, with Table Cape runner, David Murton taking out the handicapped race and his son, Thomas Murton first across the line to take out the male championship.

In addition, David’s daughter, Anna was both second in the handicapped race and third in the female championship.

The female championship was won by Lyn Saint-John with Amie Bramich in second while the placegetters in the male championship were Ewen Troughton and Andrew Rolls.

For David Murton, this was his second win, his first also being in a five kilometre event, five years ago. He has been in excellent form this year and started one of the favourites. Although he doesn’t run a lot of long training runs, Murton trains very consistently and was keen to get a win under his built before a trip to Europe in August.

Earlier the nominated time winners were Milla Price, Maya Bramich, Hannah Elphinstone and Paige Aitken. Of the four runners who did their nominated time in the 5km race, Will van Rooyen was closest.

From Russell: The format is different this week due to having a mass start. I have manually entered result into the software to record consistency and runs etc, however the reports generated give fast km rates due to gross time subtract handicap and a few other calculations

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Race 15: The Troy Atkins Accounting/Burnie Trophy Centre Ironman Classic 25km at Forth

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Race fifteen of the PCCCT season, the Burnie Trophy House/Troy Atkins Accounting twenty five kilometre “Ironman Classic” at Forth, was run in excellent conditions with a competitive field.

Somerset runner, Stuart Wilson, was a very happy man to finally get a victory in this event after recording two seconds and a third in previous runnings. His success showed his liking for longer events and he is also a previous Club marathon winner.

Starting of a front mark, Wilson recorded his fourth win with the Club, the last coming in 2012, in a career of about three hundred races.

Interestingly, he doesn’t do long training runs, with ten kilometres about his longest recently. He even had last weekend off, visiting family in Queensland.

Hayden Bishop was a great second, following up on his fourth last year and other strong recent results. John Saltmarsh recorded his best result for some time by finishing third from second backmarker, Brian Lyons and the first woman, Natasha Mapley.

Lyons, with a time of 1:25:39 and Mapley, 1:46:57 were the fastest male and female respectively.

Other runners to catch the eye with top efforts included Amie Bramich, Dale Lancaster and Vicky Knapman.

Evan Brett and Andrew Winkel rounded out the ten

Earlier the nominated time winners were Tom Winkel, Lucy van Rooyen, and Kasia Taylor.

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Race 14: The Paine Family Memorial 10km at Burnie

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The Paine Family Memorial ten kilometre handicap at Burnie is conducted over a tough, hilly circuit but is popular with runners.

So despite a biting, cold wind, a good field lined up for the 2019 edition and it proved to be a close and exciting contest. Race favourite, Penguin’s Judy Ray, had to dig deep in the sprint to the line to record a narrow victory over fast-closing backmarker, Keegan Powell by just two seconds.

Ray had been close to winning this race in the past with a couple of placings and was delighted to finally break through. It was her fourth win with the club since commencing in 2007 and her first since a foot operation two years ago to correct an injury which had been restricting her. Her other wins were all on similar hilly courses which suit her running style.

Frontmarker, David Murton, led for much of the final part of the event and held on for third ahead of Simon Gates and  the greatly improved Vicki Knapman.

Promising efforts were produced by Ewen Troughton, Josh Febey and Michael Bates, all finishing within the “top ten”.

Brad Taylor was fastest man. He ran 36:24 and finished ninth, while Lyn Saint-John was the fastest woman with a time of 40:55, the fifth fastest in the whole field.

The nominated time “Feature Race” winner was Lucy van Rooyen from Mackenzie and Dominic Troughton.

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Race 13: The Wilkinson’s Pharmacy 6km handicap at Fernglade

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Race thirteen of the PCCCT season was the Wilkinson’s Pharmacy five kilometre handicap, a trail run which commenced at the pony club grounds at Fernglade and used paths in the area. The events the Club conducts on off-road courses are always popular and a large field lined up to enjoy the crisp, sunny conditions.

The race proved to be a close and exciting contest with sixteen runners finishing within a minute of the winner, so that at various stages during the running, many members looked the likely victor.

In the end, it was Stowport runner, Andrew Bates, who recorded a well-deserved win. Bates is one of a number of young talented members of the club who have come through the nominated time events and he was thrilled to break through after six years of competing in the handicapped races.

During those six years, Bates has run spasmodically due to football commitments on Saturdays. However, this year he unfortunately sustained a neck injury playing football and since recovering has concentrated on running, leading to Sunday’s result.

A mere six seconds behind was Judy Ray – her best result for some time – with Vicki Knapman, another young gun in the Club, finishing third after backing up from completing last week’s marathon.

The fastest time for the men was recorded by Tom Murton with Lyn Saint-John the fastest woman.

Earlier the nominated winners were Lucy Van Rooyen, Brian Paine, Kasia Taylor, Leykas Taylor and Indra Taylor.