The coldest morning of the year so far greeted members on Sunday for the running of the Greg and Dianne Woodhouse Marathon, and the Acacia Concrete and Render Services Teams Marathon Handicap.
The Marathon Handicap is the longest running marathon in Australia, carrying great prestige amongst the community and club members. Six keen runners attempted the distance, with all entrants finishing.
Greg Malley broke the tape for his second win of the year, finishing eleven minutes in front of second place getter Lib Smith.
Malley won race three of the season at Port Sorell and has been consistently improving since. He re-joined the club last year after a four-year hiatus. Greg planned on running only half the distance, but mid-week decided to attempt to complete the entire marathon. The decision paid off, recording an impressive time of three hours and thirty-nine minutes.
Devonport runner Lib Smith came home second, also recording the fastest time for the women. Shane Hanson finished close behind for third, with Sam Mawer finishing fourth for his debut marathon, also recording the fastest time for the men.
Cherie Lowe finished fifth for her first run with the club, with pre-race favourite Christopher Talbot finishing sixth.
In the team’s marathon, sixteen teams of four took part. with the ‘Everyday Lions Purple Army’ taking out the win. Team members Narelle Jacobs, Amie Bramich, Travis Bassett, and Brian Lyons all ran a strong race, with two members recording big personal bests over ten kilometres.
They were followed by ‘Meercroft Crew’ in second, with ‘Something Clever’ and ‘Sesame Street’ rounding out the placings.
Full results can be found at www.pccct.org