The longest race of the PCCCT season is a full marathon, the Greg and Dianne Woodhouse 42.195 kilometre handicap. The course takes competitors from River Park at Ulverstone to the end of the Esplanade at Turners Beach and return, twice.
The weather was fine for Sunday’s version but a stiff headwind on both return legs made for challenging conditions.
The race proved a triumph for Wynyard runner Christine Wright who hung on to defeat fast finishing back marker, Brad Taylor, by less than a minute. This was the tenth marathon for Wright, all with the PCCCT and she was thrilled to finally break through.
Taylor’s tremendous effort resulted in fastest time of 2:38:30 while the fastest female time was recorded by Hobart runner Colleen Denne who finished fourth.
Launceston runner Matthew Zegfeld was a very creditable third. Matthew Atkins finished fifth with one of the pre-race favourites, Shane Hanson, finishing strongly into sixth. In a tremendous effort, teenager Vicki Knapman finished the race to complete her first marathon.
For those not ready for such a gruelling event the Rod and Judith Priestly five kilometre handicap was conducted. Ron Chequer finally broke through for a win, with Karina Mason and Andrew Bates filling the placings. Chequer has been consistent all year and it has been seven years since his last win, also over five kilometres.
Hayden Bishop was the fastest male with Lyn Saint-John fastest female.
Earlier the nominated time winners were Chloe Bates, Mackenzie Troughton, Robyn Luttrell and Alicia Bramich.