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

John P small

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.

Race18 Spreyton6kmLine Position

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