Race five of the Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania’s season was held on Sunday and the Easter Bunny delivered a beautiful day for running with members keen to work off some chocolate-related calories.
Starting and finishing at the Cooee Hall, the course circumnavigated Burnie High School before heading towards the Durham Road hill, climbing five hundred metres to the turn.
Considering the long weekend, a good field gathered to hear the starter’s orders, including twelve having either their first run with the club or first for the year.
Natalie Luttrell and John Purton led the field away with Ken Williams, at 79, the Club’s oldest runner, belying his years to be in hot pursuit..
But it became clear that the winner would come from one of the middlemarkers who were quickly winding in the fronties.
In the last kilometre Alex Johnstone, took over the lead and was just able to hold off Andrew Rolls for a narrow win with Terry Watson running a game third.
Thomas Murton, who started from the very back mark, was fourth, in front of race favourite Josh Febey who was next to finish. Williams hung on well for eighth with promising runs also being recorded by Ewen Troughton and Michael Bates.
Murton recorded fastest time for the men with Brooke Fehlberg was fastest woman.
Earlier the nominated time winners were Armani Walker, McKenzie Troughton and Hanna Francombe.