The PCCCT’s year finally got underway on Sunday with the running of a five-kilometre handicap at the Bluff, Devonport.
Normally the Club would start racing in March, so members were very keen to hit the track competitively again. A pleasing field of fifty-seven runners, including nine having their first runs with the Club, headed off on the course which took competitors west on the cycle/walk track to Don College and return.
Ulverstone runner, Alex Reimer, had a great tussle with Jason Scott for almost the entire journey to eventually take out a narrow victory. This was Reimer’s first win with the Club and first race for three years after giving up cross-country to play rugby with the Devonport Bulls. After being slowed by illness earlier in the year, he has been able to undertake some solid training lately which showed in the latter stages.
Scott showed good improvement from last year and should win soon.
Shaun Batten ran strongly for third, while fifteen-year-old Will van Rooyen in his first senior run showed great promise to finish fourth.
Other runners to catch the eye for future races included Patrick McMahon, Nick Young and Hayden Bishop. Catherine Bell and Anne Thomas, both making their debuts with the Club, ran well to make it into the top ten.
Fastest time for the men was recorded by Hayden Bishop with Amie Bramich fastest woman.
Earlier the nominated time winners Brian Paine, Mia Fehlberg and Sarah Lakeland.
Full results at www.pccct.org