Race 13 Tasmanian Arboretum Eugenana, Life Vantage (Susan Moodie) 5km Handicap Report

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.

Race 13 Tasmanian Arboretum Eugenana, Life Vantage (Susan Moodie) 5km Handicap Results

Well done to the 54 starters in the LifeVantage (Susan Moodie) 5km Handicap at The Arboretum!

Will van Rooyen won from Shaun Batten and Howard Crispin.

Fastest Male was Sam Mawer in 19:50, and Fastest Female was Daile Bennett-Moyle in 22:16.

Nominated time winners were Mitchell Elphinstone, Eva Murrell, Zoe Lakeland and Kobie Reid. We had a great field of 20 nominated time runners, today. Well done all.

Race 12 Burnie, Sea-Lyons Swim School 6km Handicap Report

A good field lined up for the start of race twelve of the PCCCT’s season at the Romaine Park Reserve in Burnie on Sunday in cool and overcast conditions – perfect for fast times.

Held completely within the Reserve, the 6km race consisted of four laps providing spectators with great viewing.

It was run on gravel and dirt paths, with a few small hills to keep things interesting.

Gold Coast runner, Logan Foote, having his first race with the Club surprised even himself, taking out a narrow victory by 13 seconds.

Running around 30km per week, Foote trains by himself and has not competed in a similar race before so was unsure of how he would go. However, the competitiveness of the event brought out his best and he was delighted to win.

He generally competes in team multi-sport events involving paddling and mountain biking, while the running leg is over much longer and hillier courses.

However, while on a short visit to Tasmania he decided to enter Sunday’s event as he has family connections with the Club.

Sam Lovatt had his best run this year for a close second and must get a win soon, while Howard Crispin, Pat McMahon and Shaun Batten rounded out the top five placings.

Fastest times were taken out by Tom Murton for the men (20:21) and Lyn Saint-John for the women (24:52).

Earlier the nominated time winners were Brian Paine and Lucy van Rooyen.

Race 11a and 11b, Greg and Dianne Woodhouse Marathon Handicap/Acacia Concrete and Render Services Teams Marathon Report

The coldest morning of the year so far greeted members on Sunday for the running of the Greg and Dianne Woodhouse Marathon, and the Acacia Concrete and Render Services Teams Marathon Handicap.

The Marathon Handicap is the longest running marathon in Australia, carrying great prestige amongst the community and club members. Six keen runners attempted the distance, with all entrants finishing.

Greg Malley broke the tape for his second win of the year, finishing eleven minutes in front of second place getter Lib Smith.

Malley won race three of the season at Port Sorell and has been consistently improving since. He re-joined the club last year after a four-year hiatus. Greg planned on running only half the distance, but mid-week decided to attempt to complete the entire marathon. The decision paid off, recording an impressive time of three hours and thirty-nine minutes.

Devonport runner Lib Smith came home second, also recording the fastest time for the women. Shane Hanson finished close behind for third, with Sam Mawer finishing fourth for his debut marathon, also recording the fastest time for the men.

Cherie Lowe finished fifth for her first run with the club, with pre-race favourite Christopher Talbot finishing sixth.

In the team’s marathon, sixteen teams of four took part. with the ‘Everyday Lions Purple Army’ taking out the win. Team members Narelle Jacobs, Amie Bramich, Travis Bassett, and Brian Lyons all ran a strong race, with two members recording big personal bests over ten kilometres.

They were followed by ‘Meercroft Crew’ in second, with ‘Something Clever’ and ‘Sesame Street’ rounding out the placings.

Full results can be found at www.pccct.org

Race 11a and 11b, Greg and Dianne Woodhouse Marathon Handicap/Acacia Concrete and Render Services Teams Marathon Results

A massive congratulations to the 6 finishers in the Greg and Dianne Woodhouse Marathon today!

Greg Malley won from Lib Smith, Shane Hanson, Sam Mawer, and Cherie Lowe.

Fastest Male was Sam Mawer (3:34:00) and Fastest Female was Lib Smith (4:29:52)

16 teams of 4 took part in the innaugrual Acacia Concrete and Render Services Teams Marathon.

Everyday Lions Purple Army (Amie Bramich, Narelle Jacobs, Travis Bassett, Brian Lyons) won from Meercroft Crew (Hayden Bishop, Ben Brockman, Shaun Batten, Gerard Lowry), Something Clever (Jason Scott, Ellen Burgess, Mark Saint John, Ben Young), and Sesame Street (Anna Murton, Andrew Rolls, Daile Bennett-Moyle, Rhian Miles).

Fastest team was Gunnaz Runnaz in 2:24:44.

Dowling McCarthy Tyres/Hanson Family ‘Steve Hanson Memorial’ Ace of the Green Hills 8km Handicap Report

A sunny autumn morning greeted 58 runners to Stanley for the running of the Dowling McCarthy Tyres/Hanson Family ‘Steve Hanson Memorial’ Ace of the Green Hills 8km handicap.

A prestigious event on the PCCCT calendar, the Stanley run is a favourite amongst members, known for its stunning views and tough but fast course.

Young charger Dominic Troughton broke through for his first win in a handicap race, coming home over a minute in front of Ken Williams and Shaun Batten.

Dominic regularly runs with the Burnie Solemates group, which includes many members of the PCCCT, including his mother and father; Mary-Lou and Ken. He has also been running with the club for a few years, competing in the nominated time events each week. Now old enough to run in the handicap races at fifteen-years-old, he has stepped up this year and really impressed with his weekly improvement, especially over the longer distances.

One of the front-markers, Ken Williams has impressed in recent weeks, finishing in second place. The fast finishing Shaun Batten came home third, with a win surely in his sights.

Fastest Male was Thomas Murton, finishing fourth in a time of 25:17. Sam Lovatt rounded out the top five.

Pre-race favourite Gerard Lowry finished ninth, with Anne Thomas the first female home in seventh.

Fastest Female was Rachel Young in a time of 36:44.

The earlier nominated time event winners were Pamela Robertson and Kobie Reid.

Race 10 Stanley, Dowling McCarthy Tyres/Hanson Family ‘Steve Hanson Memorial’ Ace of the Green Hills 8km Results

Well done to the 58 starters of the Dowling McCarthy Tyres/Hanson Family ‘Steve Hanson Memorial’ Ace of the Green Hills 8km!

Congratulations to Dominic Troughton, who won from Ken Williams, Shaun Batten, Thomas Murton and Sam Lovatt.

Fastest Male was Thomas Murton (25:17) and Fastest Female was Rachel Young (36:44).

The nominated time winners were Pamela Robertson and Kobie Reid.

Race 9a and 9b Devonport, Everyday Lions Female 5km Handicap/Simons Design Centre Male 5km Handicap Report

Sunday saw the inaugural running of the Everyday Lions Female 5km Handicap, and the Simons Design Centre Male 5km Handicap in Devonport. Cool, blustery conditions greeted runners for the flat four lap circuit around Meercroft Park.

The men’s race was conducted first, with Raymond Spinks leading the field out closely followed by Ken Williams. It took until the final straight for Brendan Burr to take the lead off Ken, holding on to victory from a fast charging Shaun Batten and Will van Rooyen.

Brendan joined the club in 2002 at sixteen years old and returned to the club in 2019 after a fifteen-year hiatus. Brendan is coached by Brian Lyons at Everyday Lions, and is earning reward for his effort, breaking the twenty-minute barrier in the race.

Young charger Thomas Winkel took out the fastest time, with a blistering time of 15:59.

The women’s race followed the men’s, with Selina Crispin breaking through for her first win with the club. She was closely followed by Emily Aichberger and Anne Thomas.

Selina joined the club last year and has raced almost every race since joining. She had previously finished no higher than eighth position, pulling out a great performance to take the victory. She cements herself in the record books as the first winner of a female only race with the PCCCT. She was presented her trophy by the club’s first female member, Ann Ketelaar, to honour the occasion.

Fastest time was taken out by Lyn Saint-John, in a time of 20:11.

In the earlier nominated time event, the winners were Matthew Robertson, Sarah Lakeland, Heath Bramich, and Brian Paine.

Race 9a and 9b, Everyday Lions Female 5km Handicap/Simons Design Centre Male 5km Handicap Results

Well done to the 39 finishers in the Simons Design Centre Male 5km Handicap, and the 17 finishers in the Everyday Lions Female 5km Handicap!

In the Male race, Brendon Burr won from Shaun Batten and Will van Rooyen. Fastest time was Tom Winkel in 15:59.

In the Female race, Selina Crispin won from Emily Aichberger and Anne Thomas. Fastest time was Lyn Saint-John in 20:11.

The nominated time winners were Matthew Roberston, Sarah Lakeland, Heath Bramich, and Brian Paine.