Race 22 Turners Beach, AJL Lifestyle/AJL Yamaha Half-Marathon Handicap and Salty and Stevo Teams 2 x 10.55km Half Marathon Handicap Report

The AJL Yamaha and Lifestyle Half-Marathon Handicap and the Salty and Stevo Teams’ Half-Marathon Handicap were conducted on Sunday morning. The conditions were conducive to fast times, with misty drizzle but very light winds.

The course took runners from the Turners Beach Football Ground to West Ulverstone and return utilising the cycle/walk tracks in the area for most of the race.

The main event – the Half-Marathon Handicap – had a quality field with the competitors looking to test themselves over the classic distance.

It was won by Devonport athlete Troy Donald, who started one of the favourites for the event. Starting from one of the back marks, Donald ran right up to his recent promising form to record a narrow victory.

This is Donald’s second year with the Club and he was thrilled to obtain his first victory. Although he has enjoyed taking part in the Triple Top event at Sheffield each year, he has taken running more seriously since retiring from football three years ago. He was encouraged to join the PCCCT by his workmate, Andrew Lucas, who ironically finished second to him on Sunday.

Completing the placings were Daniel Yaxley, Jordan Matthews and David Murton.

Hayden Bishop was fastest man in a slick 1:16:16 with Narelle Jacobs fastest woman (1:55:34).

In the teams’ event, Lancaster Bombers (Dale Lancaster and David Wright) started from the front mark and couldn’t be caught. They took the victory from Deirfiúracha (Dale Bennett-Moyle and Rhian Miles) with Meercroft A (Cameron Bissett and Bryan Tuit) in third.

Race 22 Turners Beach, AJL Lifestyle/AJL Yamaha Half-Marathon Handicap and Salty and Stevo Teams 2 x 10.55km Half Marathon Handicap Results

Well done to all competitors in today’s AJL Lifestyle/AJL Yamaha Half Marathon Handicap and the Salty and Stevo Teams’ Half Marathon Handicap at Turners Beach.

Congratulations to Troy Donald who won the half marathon from Andrew Lucas, Daniel Yaxley, Jordan Matthews and David Murton.

The teams event was won by Lancaster Bombers (Dale Lancaster and David Wright) from, Deirfiúracha, Meercroft A, Bitumen 2 Bush and Father & Son.

Race 21 Penguin, Zenith Wealth 5.3km Handicap Report

Race 21 of the PCCCT – Running Club’s season, the Zenith Wealth 5.3-kilometre handicap, was conducted at Penguin on Sunday in cool, fine weather. Starting at the Dial Regional Sports Complex, the race had a variety of underfoot conditions – paths, sealed roads, grass, gravel and bush tracks.

The bush track part was about one and a half kilometres of the Dial Range mountain-bike park and this section, though challenging and mainly uphill, was enjoyed by the competitors.

Being a shorter race, the field was compacted and so at various stages several runners appeared to be the likely winner.

Ultimately, it was Ulverstone athlete, Howard Crispin, who came out on top.

This was Crispin’s second win with the Club, having won a 5-kilometre race at Ulverstone last year. Since that victory, he has had to deal with a leg injury and then, in February, shoulder damage caused by a fall while mountain-biking. These meant he had to take quite a chunk of time away from running but since May he has been both running and cycling consistently. The results of this were evident as he raced away to defeat Jordan Mathews and Alison Ridderhof.

Jean-Christophe Bonneville turned in a promising effort for fourth just in front of Ben Young with Aaron Robertson and Josh Febey also running very well.

The fastest times were recorded by David Ridderhof (21:38) and Lyn Saint-John (24:18) for the men and women respectively.

Nominated time winners were Brian Paine, Tracey Butler and Chad Burr.

Race 21 Penguin, Zenith Wealth 5.3km Handicap Results

Well done to all competitors in today’s Zenith Wealth 5.3km handicap at Penguin.

Congratulations to Howard Crispin who won from Jordan Mathews and Alison Ridderhof.

Fastest times were David Ridderhof for the men (21:38) and Lyn Saint-John for the women (24:19).

Nominated time winners were Brian Paine, Tracey Turner and Chad Burr.

Race 20 Gunns Plains, “The Kevin Burn Memorial” Pathway Therapies/Brown Family 13.5km Handicap Report

Race twenty of the season, the “Kevin Burn Memorial” Brown Family/Pathway Therapies 13.5km handicap was run at Gunns Plains on Sunday.

Perfect running conditions – intermittent light drizzle and no wind – greeted competitors many of whom relished the mostly flat, and very scenic, course.

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

The race was a triumph for one of the pre-race favourites, Ulverstone runner, Nick Young who was thrilled to finally taste success in his favourite Club event.

Young ran a close second over this course in 2019 and set himself to go one better this year.

This was his fourth Club win, the others being over shorter distances – two at 5km and one at 7km.

However, he gave up running for a while earlier in the year when he found he was struggling with a medical issue. Some different medication and a change of diet saw him right back to his best and victory on Sunday.

In second and third were two runners who have had numerous placings this year without breaking through – Andrew Lucas and Steve Tammens – and both must surely win soon.

Next to finish were Chris Talbot and David Murton while Jean-Christophe Bonneville and Alison Riddderhof put in promising performances.

The nominated time winners were Malcolm Nutting, Florence and Clementine Dutton and Libby Crispin.

Race 20 Gunns Plains, “The Kevin Burn Memorial” Pathway Therapies/Brown Family 13.5km Handicap Results

Well done to all the competitors in today’s “Ken Burn Memorial” Pathways Therapies/Brown Family 13.5km handicap at Gunns Plains.

Congratulations to Nick Young who won from Andrew Lucas, Steve Tammens, Chris Talbot and Dave Murton.

Earlier, the nominated time winners were Malcolm Nutting, Florence and Clementine Dutton and Libby Crispin.

Race 19 Preservation Bay, MA & LJ Bates Plumbing Teams 4 x 5km Handicap Report

The PCCCT – Running Club held its first stand-alone relay race on Sunday with the running of the MA & LJ Bates Plumbing Teams 4 x 5km Handicap

The course utilised a section of the newly constructed Coastal Pathway at Preservation Bay with the start, finish and changeovers at the Penguin Surf Lifesaving Club. This provided great viewing for spectators and team members and there was a great atmosphere as competitors were encouraged and their efforts recognised.

Twenty-six teams entered meaning a total of 104 competitors were involved. The race itself proved to be an exciting one with only twenty-two seconds between the first two teams and only 1:23 separating the first five. The top three teams started from a middle-mark, a front-mark and a back-mark respectively, further indicating the good work done by the handicappers.

Despite some early morning rain, the weather was perfect for the event with light winds and a mild temperature allowing all competitors to run good times.

The victorious team was the Bonneville Consulting Trail running Team whose members were John-Christophe Bonneviille, Dereck Van Staaveren, Callum Wagner and David Ridderhoff narrowly in front of Girls Gone Rogue (Michelle Green, Kristie Wilson, Jodie Watson and Terri Webb).

The top five was completed by Bluff Buddies (Grant McCormack, Steve Dell, Jeff Green and Darren Hardinig), Randoms (Allyssa Shields, Tim Dowling, Emma Howard and John Badcock), and Pacemakers (Christopher Talbot, Michael Taylor, Roselyn Hendriks and Cherie Lowe).

To round out the morning, the Club supplied a barbecue after the race.

Race 19 Preservation Bay, MA & LJ Bates Plumbing Teams 4 x 5km Handicap Results

Well done to all teams/ runners in today’s MJ & LA Bates Plumbing 4 x 5km Relay Handicap at Preservation Bay.

Congratulations to the Bonneville Consulting Trail Running Team (Jean-Christophe Bonneville, Dereck van Staaveren, Callum Wagner and David Ridderhof) who won.

Second to fifth were Girls Gone Rogue, Bluff Buddies, Randoms and Pacemakers.

Race 18 Forth, Troy Atkins Accounting/Wynyard Fitness “Ironman Classic” 25km Handicap Report

The hardest race of the season (other than the marathon) was run as Race 18 of the PCCCT – Running Club’s season on Sunday.

The twenty-five-kilometre race – the Troy Atkins Accounting/Wynyard Fitness “Ironman Classic” – is run on a circuit course in the Forth Valley, starting and finishing in Forth.

There are two major hilly sections to test stamina and resolve and the race usually suits backmarkers.

This proved to be the case again this year, with Burnie runner, Jason Fehlberg, performing very strongly to take out both the victory and fastest time (1:36:51). This was his third victory since joining the Club in 2015.

Fehlberg once again proved how well he handles hills with his other victories coming at Railton and in the 16.5 Burnie to Ridgley race. However, despite that, his main aim at the moment is to work on his speed and improve his five-kilometre time.

He was very pleased to get the victory especially as he has not been able to compete very often this year due to being very busy building a family home.

Darryn Ling chased Fehlberg home while Emma Howard having her first star with the Club was a great third, just in front of Ben Brockman and Daniel Yaxley.

Fastest woman was Bec de Groot who recorded 1:58:28.

Other top performances were returned by Grant McCormack, Christine Wright and Andrew Lucas. Earlier the nominated time winners were Eva, Tom and Hannah Ridderhof

Race 18 Forth, Troy Atkins Accounting/Wynyard Fitness “Ironman Classic” 25km Handicap Results

Well done to all competitors in today’s tough Troy Atkins Accounting/Wynyard Fitness 25km “Ironman Classic” at Forth.

Congratulations to Jason Fehlberg who won from Darryn Ling, Emma Howard, Ben Brockman and Daniel Yaxley.

Fastest male and female were Jason Fehlberg (1:36:51) and Rebecca de Groot (1:58:28) respectively.

Nominated time winners were Eva, Tom and Hannah Ridderhoff.