Race ten of the PCCCT season was also the second of the trail run series and was held in the park behind Hellyer College at Burnie. The Wilkinson’s Pharmacy five kilometre handicap was conducted over a hilly two lap course in still, sunny conditions.
The venue provides great spectator viewing as the runners are in sight for much of the race and a good audience watched a close and exciting contest.
During the first lap and much of the second, it appeared that the front markers would hold out the chasers. The two best positioned “fronties” were Ron Chequer and Ricky Brown.
With a kilometre to travel it appeared as if Chequer would take a long awaited victory but with about a hundred metres to run he was overtaken by a charging Isaac Troughton who had come through the field from almost the very back mark.
Chequer managed to hang on for second from Brown, who was close up in third. Race favourite, Ann Horton was not far back, finishing fifth.
This was Troughton’s third win with the Club, the other two coming in his first season two years ago. He was surprised but delighted with his victory, pointing out that his brother, with whom he has a friendly rivalry, had not even fronted for the race after a “busy” Saturday night.
Thomas Wilson was the fastest male with Lyn Saint-John fastest female.
Earlier the nominated time winners were Ashley Fehlberg, Lucy and Will van Rooyen, Max Anderson and Jemima McLaren.