Stewart wins last race of season

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Burnie runner Tony Stewart has stormed home to convincingly claim the final race of the Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania’s Sea-Lyons Swim School 6km handicap at Burnie on Sunday.

In his first year with the club it was Stewart’s second PCCCT win after taking victory in the Fernglade last month.

IMG_4235Stewart overtook go-marker John Lucas before the halfway turn but only managed to reign in race leader Natalie Lutrell with about 700 metres left to race.

The Sea-Lyons 6km follows an flat and easy out-and-back course starting at the Burnie Surf Club and turning near the old Cooee saleyards.

Kelly Baxter was second just catching Mary-Lou Troughton in the final sprint along the boardwalk to the line while Owen Thomas finished fourth and Cooee’s Josh Febey rounded out the top five with his best performance of the season.

Evan Brett collected fastest time honours from Kyle Groenewege and Hayden Bishop with Ben Saint-John, at only 15 years-of-age the youngest competitor, was fifth fastest overall. Lyn Saint-John managed to just edge out Danielle Mitchell for fastest female.

At the following presentations Brad Taylor and Judy Ray were announced as club champions of 2017 while Hayden Bishop and Greg Smith both tied for the Consistency award.

Female Club Champion Update. A subsequent review of the points revealed that Lyn Saint-John was actually the 2017 female club champion and Judy Ray runner-up. Both competitors were notified of the change.

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Last chance for runners to break tape

The final event of the Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania takes place this weekend with the Sea-Lyons Swim School 6km handicap at Burnie’s waterfront foreshore near the surf club on Sunday.

The easy out and back course along the coastal pathway to Cooee will be a welcomed treat for most runners after the past fortnight of challenging races.

Bryan Tuit is in great form and will be a major threat this week while Kyle Groenewege ran well last week without reward.

Ann Horton had one of her best runs last week and the frontmarkers should enjoy this Sunday’s flatter going.

Ricky Cross excelled on this course just a month or so ago and Mary-Lou Troughton is not without a chance.

Cleaver carves up the Somerset course!

Turners Beach runner, Will Cleaver, has won the Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania’s Somerset Pharmacy 10km handicap in Somerset on Sunday holIMG_4226ding out Thomas Wilson.

In his first year with the PCCCT, the 17-years-old Cleaver is one of the club’s youngest competitors and starts each race from the challenging backmarks.

Cleaver hit the lead when he overtook Ann Horton with about one and half kilometres left to race and he stormed to the line, never glancing back to gauge the following runners.

Nearly 60 runners enjoyed Sunday’s perfect running conditions as the field started the tough out-and-back course from the beginning of the Murchison Highway and then tackling Back Cam Road.

The Somerset 10km is one of the more difficult courses in the PCCCT programme.

Last week’s winner Thomas Wilson was a surprise runner-up despite registering the fastest time of the day. It’s a great feat, achieved by very few over the club’s 50-year history to record back-to-back wins after a handicap review.

Somerset’s Dale Lancaster held the lead until after the halfway turn before the youngest competitor in the field, Vicky Knapman hit the front.

In his best result of the season, Michael Purton crossed the line in third position while co-markers Gerard Lowry and Greg Smith climbed their way to the front of the field to reach the first ten.

Backmarkers Kyle Groenewege and Hayden Bishop both enjoyed the harder course to cross the line just outside a podium finish and Cooee’s Ricky Cross also ran well to be the seventh runner home.

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Tough course may suit the backies

The penultimate event of the Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania will be raced this Sunday as runners line up for the Somerset Pharmacy 10km race in Somerset.

Somerset has become a real club favourite, the event boasting a series of tough, hilly sections and fast break-away flat segments.

Startinbryan_tuit_2017smallg at Somerset’s boat play-area near the Murchison and Bass Highway junction the course incorporates a challenging layout of local roads to challenge runners of all capabilities.

With the 2017 season drawing to a close Somerset should attract many fit runners clambering for a win as a reward their long months of training before the final race next weekend.

Frontmarkers Ann Horton, Christine Wright and young Vicky Knapman have all ran well in recent races and appear set to win soon though Sunday’s hilly course may test them.

Backmarkers Bryan Tuit, Kyle Groenewege and Isaac Troughton have been great performers and will be keen to do well before the season concludes.

Aaron Robertson and Hayden Bishop both ran well last Sunday and both will enjoy Sunday’s challenge.

Sunday’s race begins at 10am with registrations open at 9am and closing at 9:30am. A nominated time event begins at 9.15am.

Wilson wins Big Six in style

Backmarker Thomas Wilson has won the Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania’s West park Grove IGA Big Six 6km handicap in Burnie on Sunday followed by last week’s Feature Race runner-up Devonport’s Bryan Tuit with Kelly Baxter gallantly holding out Kyle Groenewege for third.

Wilson crossed the line some forty metres ahead of a fast-finishing Tuit, who also collected fastest time honours.

In Sunday’s rainy conditions, 69 runners assembled at the Howe Street Netball Courts to hear the starter’s instructions for a circular course that takecrossinglines in pathways of West Park, along Parklands Bass Highway then tackling the challenging Brickport Road hill before finishing with a sprint down West Park Grove.

The Big Six is arguably the toughest short distance race in the PCCCT programme and it usually favours the backmarkers and strong hill runners and Sunday proved no exception with ten backmarkers among the first dozen to cross the line.

Veteran John Purton took the lead from frontmarker John Lucas before the long climb up Brickport Road but it was Kelly Baxter who led the field into the final kilometre.

The youngest runner in the field, 16-year-old Vicky Knapman, reached as high as third-placing with little over a kilometre to race and did well to maintain her pace to finish thirteenth while young Will Cleaver also ran well.

Rochelle Hammond and Sally Atkinson put in some great efforts in tough conditions while Louise McMullen registered the fastest female run of the day.

Earlier in the morning Chloe Bates, Lochie Riley, Mia Fehlberg all ran well in the nominated time event with Bethany Boyd predicting her time perfectly.

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