A good field gathered to hear the starter’s orders for the Spreyton Cider Company six kilometre handicap at Spreyton which was run in clear, sunny conditions. Despite the fine day, there was plenty of mud and puddles for competitors to enjoy as they made their way around paddocks and through apple and cherry orchards.
It promised to be an event for front and middle markers and so it proved to be with Sulphur Creek runner, John Purton, from the second front handicap, breaking the tape.
Purton is one of the Club’s longest term members and won the Feature Race almost fifty years ago in 1970, the third year of the Club’s existence. He had won three other races as well, before today, his last coming five years ago. Interestingly, those three wins were all in the same event – the Paine Memorial ten kilometres at Burnie.
He has only run about 220 races due to years out of running pursuing his other great love – woodchopping.
Michelle D’Monte was a fast-closing second – her second runner-up position in two weeks – while Dale Lancaster continued her good form for third.
Others to record promising performances were Andrew Hay, Terry Watson and Russell Horton.
Jason Fehlberg took fastest time honours for the men with Lyn Saint-John the quickest of the women.
The nominated time winners were Ashley Fehlberg, Leykas Walker, Ruby Greenhill, Tilly Richard and Cayla Ward.