Races 12 and 12(a): The Greg and Dianne Woodhouse Marathon 42.195km and Rod and Judith Priestly 5km at Ulverstone

Lorraine ShepheardKarina Mason

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.

Perfect weather greeted competitors in the 2019 version which was run last Sunday.

A smallish but quality field faced the starter, with all but three completing the gruelling event. The winner was Karina Mason who had set herself for this race by increasing her training over the last month following a two week overseas trip which freshened her legs.

Already a duel winner of the PCCCT half-marathon, Mason was delighted to add this event to her list of wins, it being her eighth marathon overall.

The gallant Matthew Atkins had to be content with second after also running second two years ago. Next to finish were Hobart runner, Michelle Chopping, Shane Hanson and Chris Talbot. For Talbot, this was his forty-second completed marathon. Atkins and Chopping had the fastest male and female times

For those wanting an easier run, the Rod and Judith Priestly five kilometre handicap was conducted. Somerset runner, Lorraine Shepheard, finally broke through for a win after four years with the club, with Hayden Bishop and Simon Gates filling the placings. Bishop tied with Ben Saint-John for fastest male while Lyn Saint-John was fastest female.

Earlier the nominated time winners were Tom Winkel, Alicia Bramich, Ashley Fehlberg and Brian Paine.

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