The PCCCT marathon is the longest-running continuously conducted marathon in Australia and the 2018 version will be held this Sunday.
The Greg and Dianne Woodhouse marathon handicap runs from River Park, Ulverstone to Turners Beach and back twice and is a wonderful test of fitness and character.
A small, but select, field will start this year’s event with last year’s winner, Greg Smith, fronting up again. He loves this event and could go back to back. This would be a great result for him as he has struggled with an injury over summer and has had to rush to get fit enough.
Sally Atkinson, Chris Talbot and Shane Hanson have many kilometres training in their legs having competed already this year over even longer distances.
Brad Taylor will start from the back mark and could pass the entire field to break the tape first but will need to get past Matt Zegveld, Matthew Atkins and Kyle Groenewege who will offer stubborn resistance. Courtney Sutton is another who always runs well over this distance and cannot be discounted.
The Rod and Judith Priestly five kilometre handicap will be run at 10:30 for those not attempting the marathon. Entries for this will close at 10:00 with Karina Mason and Ricky Brown looking the best chances.
A nominated time event will be held at 9:45.