Race two of the Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania’s season was run at Port Sorell on Sunday, the first race for the club in this area.
Most of the loop course was run on scenic bush tracks which proved popular with competitors.
After a string of placings since he first ran with the Club in 2017, Somerset runner Kyle Groenewege was thrilled to finally break through for a victory. He had to pull out all stops, however, to hold off the fast finishing backmarker, Thomas Murton who is back in form after a long recovery from a lower leg injury.
Groenewege is unable to run every week due to working shifts on the West Coast so he feels he has to make the most of the chances he has and he certainly did that on Sunday.
He had just ten seconds to spare at the finish from Murton with one of the pre-race favourites, Simon Gates, finishing just nine seconds further back in third.
With about a kilometre to run, John Badcock who had taken over the lead from Sally Milbourne looked the winner, but he was not able to hold off the placegetters who started from back marks.
Others to record promising runs were Josh Febey, Marcus Cook and Brooke Fehlberg
Murton was the fastest male with Ellen Elphinstone the fastest female.
Earlier the nominated time winners were Kaleb Turner, Will van Rooyen, Zoe Lakeland and Jan Purton.