The PCCCT Trail Series final race was completed back at Penguin on a revised course of less bush and more gravel which was more accommodating of runners after a long season. The series attracted several new runners to the club. While the competition was fierce many ran to enjoy the change of scenery and to challenge themselves. The mud pools snatched a few loose fitting shoes, full speed wasn’t always possible and watching your feet led some to take the wrong turns. At times sure footing wasn’t guaranteed and unfortunately a few runners tumbled. An amusing sidelight was Michael Bates and Dallas van Rooyen’s cool-down, featuring a fall into a muddy pool, a push and emerging plastered in mud.
Two of the courses were tough with severe short hills, mud and rough surfaces. The other courses followed will defined gravel tracks with some short “watch-your-feet” sections.
Competition for fastest female was closely fought with the top three runners separated by 4 points (Rebecca O’Garey first). In the U23 section Kate Hawley and Maddie Baxter were separated by 3 points, while Keegan Powell was a clear first in the U23 Males. Keegan has shown much improvement over the season and found the trails to his liking – he finished a respectable third overall in the Open Male section.
The series winner was Mark Saint John who was overall fastest. Mark also set up three of the courses and the extra warm-up didn’t hinder him as he ran strongly on the tricky surfaces.
The overall consistency leader was Russell Horton. He was closely challenged by Tim Dowling who broke through with his maiden win in the fourth race of the series to capture a bundle of points.
Pts after race 4 (100 for first, 99 for second etc):
Fastest Male: Mark Saint-John 383, Greg Smith 377, Keegan Powell 350
Fastest Female: Rebecca O’Garey 397, Judy Ray 395, Michelle D’Monte 393
Fastest MU23: Keegan Powell 391, Andrew Aichberger 290, Thomas Wilson 199.
Fastest FU23: Kate Hawley 300, Maddi Baxter 297, Mollie Powell 100
Consistency (pts same as club consistency): Male – Russell Horton 29, Tim Dowling 26, Mark St John 24; Female – Kate Hawley 24, Judy Ray 22, Rebecca O’Garey 19.