Race twenty of the season, the “Kevin Burn Memorial” Brown Family/Pathway Therapies 13.5km handicap was run at Gunns Plains on Sunday.
After starting in warm, sunny conditions, a sudden, sharp storm, which included horizontal hail, tested the resolve of competitors.
Nonetheless, the runners relished the mostly flat course, although the distance of 13.5 kilometres can be a testing one.
Run as a circuit taking in both sides of the Leven River, the race started and commenced at Wings Wildlife Park.
The race was a triumph for one of the strong pre-race favourites, Turners Beach runner, Troy Reader.
Since commencing with the Club in 2006, Reader has had five wins with his last coming at Wynyard in 2017. Since then, he has not been able to race consistently until this year and the work has paid off.
Chasing him home was a group of in-form runners. Shaun Batten and Pat McMahon filled the placings just in front of Gerard Lowry and Josh Febey. All will be looking for a win in one of the few remaining races for this season.
Others who ran well and might also find a race to suit soon were Paul Pilkington and Rhian Miles, who was the first woman to finish and also had the fastest time among the women recording 58:45.
Fastest man was Club champion, Tom Murton (44:22).
The nominated time winners were Amanda Reimer, Libby Crispin and Malcolm Nutting.