The PCCCT returned to the “Heybridge to weighbridge” course after a three-year hiatus for the MA & LJ Bates Plumbing seven-kilometre handicap on Sunday.

The weather was calm and sunny and with the out-and-back terrain being mostly flat some fast times were anticipated. In these conditions often frontmarkers are to the fore and so it proved, with the very frontmarker, Somerset’s Dale Lancaster proving to be uncatchable.

The win was not at all unexpected however as she has been showing improving form after missing the first few races of the year due to injury.

Lancaster is one of the longer-term members of the Club and this was her seventh win in more than seven hundred starts, her last coming at Spreyton in 2013.

Two other front markers took out the placings with Tony Abel and Anne Thomas not far behind Lancaster.

Sam Lovatt and Shaun Batten were just behind the placegetter with their efforts suggesting wins for both before season end while youngster Emily Aichberger had a great run to finish in sixth.

Other good results came from Steve Tammens and Greg Malley. Pre-race favourite, Pat McMahon was not far away in ninth while Kathy Franks rounded out “the ten” with her best result to date.

Fastest times were recorded by Tom Murton for the men (24:06) and Anna Murton for the women (31:28)

The nominated time winners were Libby Crispin and Lucy van Rooyen.


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