Turners Beach: The AJL Lifestyle/AJL Yamaha Half-Marathon 21.1km

Half Marathon Hcps 2019 (The runner not visible between pages is Jono Price 1:03:00)


A good field of fifty two will start this Sunday in the AJL Lifestyle/AJLYamaha half marathon.

The 21.1 kilometre race will be run in the reverse direction from recent years, starting at the Turners Beach football ground and taking competitors to West Ulverstone and back using the cycle/walk tracks in the area.

The terrain is mostly flat but the classic distance is a good test of stamina as that flatness usually means faster running rates so care is needed not to go too hard, too early.

There are many Club members who have been in great form and picking a winner is difficult.

Among the frontmarkers, Dale Lancaster could be the best chance. She will be the first runner away and could very well be the first runner to finish as well. Others starting early with great chances include Chris Talbot and Kelly Baxter with Mary-Lou Troughton an outside possibility.

Best of the middlemarkers look to be Michelle D’Monte and Andrew Hay. D’Monte looks a particularly strong chance with seconds in the last two races.

Backmarkers likely to be to the fore include Simon Gates, Hayden Bishop and Brad Taylor while the very backmarker, Brian Lyons, who will give seventy-one minutes start to Lancaster, would be a deserving winner.

Entries have closed for the event, which starts at the earlier time of 9:30.

The nominated time event will be the normal time of 9:15.



Race 18: The Spreyton Cider Co 6km (almost!) at Spreyton

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A good field gathered to hear the starter’s orders for the Spreyton Cider Company six kilometre handicap at Spreyton which was run in clear, sunny conditions. Despite the fine day, there was plenty of mud and puddles for competitors to enjoy as they made their way around paddocks and through apple and cherry orchards.

It promised to be an event for front and middle markers and so it proved to be with Sulphur Creek runner, John Purton, from the second front handicap, breaking the tape.

Purton is one of the Club’s longest term members and won the Feature Race almost fifty years ago in 1970, the third year of the Club’s existence. He had won three other races as well, before today, his last coming five years ago. Interestingly, those three wins were all in the same event – the Paine Memorial ten kilometres at Burnie.

He has only run about 220 races due to years out of running pursuing his other great love – woodchopping.

Michelle D’Monte was a fast-closing second – her second runner-up position in two weeks – while Dale Lancaster continued her good form for third.

Others to record promising performances  were Andrew Hay, Terry Watson and Russell Horton.

Jason Fehlberg took fastest time honours for the men with Lyn Saint-John the quickest of the women.

The nominated time winners were Ashley Fehlberg, Leykas Walker, Ruby Greenhill, Tilly Richard and Cayla Ward.

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Spreyton: The Spreyton Cider Company 6km

One of the most popular events of the season takes place this week with the running of the Spreyton Cider Company handicap, this year extended to six kilometres. The race starts at the cidery and takes competitors on an out and back course through apple and cherry orchards.

Following the recent rain, there are sure to be plenty of puddles and slippery sections to test the footing of runners. However, most Club members love the chance to get off sealed surfaces and will enjoy the mud.

Two weeks ago in the five kilometre race at Burnie, Anna Murton was a close second (behind her father, David). She could well make amends on Sunday and chalk up another victory for the family.

Murton has had several other good results without breaking through, and will prove very hard to beat.

Michelle D’Monte showed a welcome return to form in a tough race last week with a close second and will be seeking to go one better.

Others to keep an eye on include Russell Horton, who has performed well in this event in previous years, Chris Talbot and Tony Stewart.

Members are reminded that entries close this Sunday for the half marathon conducted on August 4th, and can be made at the Cidery race or on-line before Monday.

New runners are always welcome.

Entries close at 9:30 with the race starting at 10:00.

A nominated time event will be held at 9:15

Race 17: The Raymond Spinks/Coastal Running Club 12km at Somerset

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A good-sized, competitive field started in race 17 of the season – the Raymond Spinks/Coastal Running Club twelve kilometres at Somerset. The hilly circuit course is a challenging one, commencing with a steady four kilometre climb up the Murchison Highway.

In a pleasing result for the handicapper, Pat McMahon, the top ten contained the first runner away (who finished), Dale Lancaster, the last away, Thomas Murton, with a good smattering of athletes from front, middle and back marks all close to the winner, Tim Dowling.

This was Dowling’s second win with the Club, the first being a five kilometre event at Penguin in 2016. He started one of the favourites after strong recent form brought about by some extra training. He knew the course well, as he lives close by and actually trains over part of it.

Michelle D’Monte showed a return to her best form with a powerful run into second place, just catching Lancaster before the line.

Simon Gates turned in another promising performance, while Natasha Mapley and Michael Bates indicated wins for them are close. Terry Watson, returning from injury, and Kelly Baxter also caught the eye.

Murton was the fastest male in a slick 42:20, finishing ninth, while Mapley was quickest of the women in a time of 50:22, which was the seventh fastest in the whole field.

The nominated time winners were Will van Rooyen, Brian Paine, Milla Price, Lucy van Rooyen and Maya Bramich.

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Somerset: The Raymond Spinks/Coastal Running Club 12km

Race seventeen of the season takes members to Somerset for the Raymond Spinks/CRC twelve kilometre handicap.

The event starts and finishes at the Somerset soccer ground and commences with a four kilometre climb up the Murchison Highway to Village Lane, then continues on country roads until the final stretch along Cardigan Street.

The toughness and distance suits backmarkers and they win this race more often than not. One who is in great form and very close to a win is Ewen Troughton.

Troughton’s most recent start was last week when he was fifth over five kilometres and this followed a top effort in the Ironman (25 kilometres). He has had other recent top ten finishes in recent weeks, including a sixth at Burnie over a similar course. He is sure to prove the hardest to beat.

Simon Gates, Vicky Knapman and Lyn Saint-John are all top chances with Gates especially being well overdue for a victory.

Anna Murton was second behind her father, David, last week and will be very keen to go one better and record a victory before her upcoming trip to Europe.

If a frontmarker was to provide a surprise, it could come from Dale Lancaster who will lead for a long way and prove very hard to catch.

Entries close at 9:30 with the race starting at 10:00.

A nominated time event will be held at 9:15

Race 16: the Fish Frenzy 5km at Burnie and PCCCT 5km championships.

-1621074797601692665Dave Murton July 19

Sunday’s race, the Fish Frenzy five kilometres utilised the Burnie parkrun course and despite the less than ideal weather, a good field competed. Competitors had to run into a strong head wind on the outward leg but enjoyed the tailwind on the return.

This year, the event, which also included the Club five kilometre championships, was conducted as a sealed handicap so all runners commenced together and the handicaps were applied after the race,.

It proved to be a great day for the Murton family, with Table Cape runner, David Murton taking out the handicapped race and his son, Thomas Murton first across the line to take out the male championship.

In addition, David’s daughter, Anna was both second in the handicapped race and third in the female championship.

The female championship was won by Lyn Saint-John with Amie Bramich in second while the placegetters in the male championship were Ewen Troughton and Andrew Rolls.

For David Murton, this was his second win, his first also being in a five kilometre event, five years ago. He has been in excellent form this year and started one of the favourites. Although he doesn’t run a lot of long training runs, Murton trains very consistently and was keen to get a win under his built before a trip to Europe in August.

Earlier the nominated time winners were Milla Price, Maya Bramich, Hannah Elphinstone and Paige Aitken. Of the four runners who did their nominated time in the 5km race, Will van Rooyen was closest.

From Russell: The format is different this week due to having a mass start. I have manually entered result into the software to record consistency and runs etc, however the reports generated give fast km rates due to gross time subtract handicap and a few other calculations

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Burnie: The Fish Frenzy 5km at Burnie incorporating the 5km Club championships

NB: This will be a sealed handicap mass start event. All runners will start together and for the handicapped race handicaps will be applied to elapsed times to determine the placegetters.

Also 12, 13 and 14 year old nominated time runners may run in this event starting off at the rear of the field.

This week the PCCCT heads to Burnie for the Fish Frenzy five kilometre handicap and many members will relish the short event following the twenty-five kilometres of last week.

The course starts at West Beach and is an out and back course to Cooee, utilising the board walks and footpaths.

To make this event  more interesting, the committee has decided that it will be a mass start. The handicaps will be applied after the race to determine the winner and placegetters. The race also incorporates the Club’s five kilometre championships, so with all runners starting together, the winners of those, male and female, will be those first over the line.

The women’s competition should see a close contest between Lyn Saint-John, Natasha Mapley and Amie Bramich. The latter two had a great battle last week and after starting together were only separated by nine seconds. Brian Lyons and Thomas Murton look the strongest chances among the men although Brad Taylor will also be a contender.

The handicapped race could throw up a surprise winner. Among those who have shown good form recently and will be strong contenders are Mary-Lou Troughton, Tim Dowling, Michael Bates and Andrew Hay.

Entries close at 9:30 with the gun firing at 10:00. Members are reminded to wear their numbers and timing chips. New runners are always welcome and this would be a good race to commence running with the PCCCT.

 A nominated time event will be held at 9:15.

Race 15: The Troy Atkins Accounting/Burnie Trophy Centre Ironman Classic 25km at Forth

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Race fifteen of the PCCCT season, the Burnie Trophy House/Troy Atkins Accounting twenty five kilometre “Ironman Classic” at Forth, was run in excellent conditions with a competitive field.

Somerset runner, Stuart Wilson, was a very happy man to finally get a victory in this event after recording two seconds and a third in previous runnings. His success showed his liking for longer events and he is also a previous Club marathon winner.

Starting of a front mark, Wilson recorded his fourth win with the Club, the last coming in 2012, in a career of about three hundred races.

Interestingly, he doesn’t do long training runs, with ten kilometres about his longest recently. He even had last weekend off, visiting family in Queensland.

Hayden Bishop was a great second, following up on his fourth last year and other strong recent results. John Saltmarsh recorded his best result for some time by finishing third from second backmarker, Brian Lyons and the first woman, Natasha Mapley.

Lyons, with a time of 1:25:39 and Mapley, 1:46:57 were the fastest male and female respectively.

Other runners to catch the eye with top efforts included Amie Bramich, Dale Lancaster and Vicky Knapman.

Evan Brett and Andrew Winkel rounded out the ten

Earlier the nominated time winners were Tom Winkel, Lucy van Rooyen, and Kasia Taylor.

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Forth: Burnie Trophy Centre/Troy Atkins Accounting “Ironman Classic” 25km

2019 Ironman Classic handicaps (Please note: Phil McConnon was omitted from the handicaps originally published).

The next event on the PCCCT calendar is the Burnie Trophy Centre/ Troy Atkins Accounting “Ironman Classic” at Forth.

One of the blue-ribbon events on the calendar, at twenty-five kilometres it is not as long as the marathon, but is considered by many as the toughest run of the year due to the extremely hilly terrain covered.

Starting at Forth it takes in a circuit in the Forth Valley comprising Wilmot and Paloona Roads to Melrose and return via Forthside Road.

The event best suits fit backmarkers who have proven records over these longer distances and there are three who could fight out the finish.

Hayden Bishop is in wonderful form and ran fourth in this event last year. Starting just behind him will be Ewen Troughton who has two top ten finishes in the last two weeks while Brad Taylor, will be very hard to hold off. He finished second in last year’s marathon and hasn’t managed a win since.

The second backmarker off 92 minutes is Brian Lyons who could also win without shocking.

Other top chances include Amie Bramich, who won two races last year but has improved further, while Chris Talbot will start towards the front of the field and be hard to catch.

Entries have closed with the first runner starting at 9:00.

 A nominated time event will be held at 9:15.