The PCCCT trialled a new course for race 13, The Life Vantage (Susan Moodie) five-kilometre handicap – the Tasmanian Arboretum at Eugenana.
The spectacular scenery made up for the toughness of the two-lap course, which incorporated a grassy hill to traverse and several switchbacks, and it was very well received by members.
The race was held on the holiday Monday, which was appreciated as it allowed runners to also compete at the Launceston Running Carnival on Sunday.
Young gun, Ulverstone teenager Will van Rooyen, broke the tape to record his second win with the Club. His first was an event last year during the season shortened by COVID-19 restrictions. He has shown natural improvement since then.
Van Rooyen does no running training during the week but keeps very fit by riding his mountain Bike almost every day, often on the trails on the Dial Range near his home.
He was able to run down race favourite, Howard Crispin, shortly before the line and then withstood the charging finish of Shaun Batten. Crispin eventually finished third.
Good runs were returned by Daile Bennett-Moyle, who was also fastest woman (22:16) and Troy Reader. Both finished just behind the placegetters, while Sam Mawer took fastest time for the men (19:50) in finishing tenth.
Nominated time winners were Mitchell Elphinstone, Eva Murrell, Zoe Lakeland and Kobie Reid.