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.