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.