The PCCCT headed to Wynyard on Sunday for the Findex 8.5km Handicap. Sunny and slightly breezy conditions greeted fifty-eight runners to the start line, ready to tackle the trails along the Inglis River.
Whilst not being technical trails, there were still plenty of tree roots, board walks and steps to keep runners on their toes. With the undulating course, the win was going to come from a runner who ran a consistent time without burning out early.
That runner was Tony Abel, who took out the finishing tape by thirty seconds. Having consistently placed in the top ten this year, this run was a reward for effort put in the last four races. Tony returned to the club this year after an eleven-year hiatus, after the sad and sudden loss of his wife last year. He is a decorated member of the club, having recorded six victories throughout the 70’s and 80’s, including a marathon victory in 1982. Tony was also the secretary for the club in 1986 and 1987.
Second place was David Wright, followed closely by young charger Dominic Troughton.
Ellen Burgess recorded the fastest time for the females, with new member Sam Mawer recording the fastest of the males.
A strong field of fifteen took part in the earlier nominated time race, which was won by Eva Murrell, Lachie Riley, Chad Burr, and Lucy van Rooyen.
Entries are now open for next Sunday’s race at Fernglade, as well as the Mountain Classic on Sunday May 2. Visit our website for more information on the races and entry deadlines.
Full results at www.pccct.org