The PCCCT Gowans Motor Group 17.6 kilometre Wynyard to Burnie Feature Race was run in excellent conditions on Sunday and a good sized field gathered to hear the starter’s orders.
The race looked very open on paper with many chances and this was how it turned out with just over three minutes separating the top ten runners.
Table Cape triathlete, Liz Murton, won the event and in doing so recorded her first victory with the Club after having her first run three years ago.
Murton commenced in triathlon last summer after being inspired by her daughter. She is very fit, having just returned from the world age-group triathlon championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she represented Australia in the 60 – 64 years category. She was second Australian woman and 38th overall in the sprint triathlon section.
Murton’s son, Thomas, who started the race favourite, began from the very back mark and in an excellent effort, recorded the fastest time of 55:41 taking third place. He was separated from his mother by the vastly improved, Mary-Lou Troughton, who made it a quinella for the women.
Fourth was Lorraine Shepheard with Phillip Crombie and Danielle Newall putting in excellent efforts to take the next two places.
First runner away was Dale Lancaster and she led until the last couple of kilometres, where she was overtaken by Murton. She had looked the likely winner with half the race completed. She eventually finished tenth.
Fastest woman was Natasha Mapley who finished eighth and recorded 70:21.