The AJL Yamaha and Lifestyle half-marathon and the Salty and Stevo teams’ half-marathon were run in horrendous weather on Sunday morning,
With powerful head-on winds driving freezing rain, the first half of the course from Turners Beach to West Ulverstone was covered in the worst conditions in recent memory.
However, the return trip meant a strong tail wind and this was greatly appreciated. The course is very flat so at least there were no hills to add to the difficulty of the event.
Despite the weather, both events had good fields and were very competitive.
The individual half-marathon was won by the pre-post favourite, Ulverstone athlete John Saltmarsh. Starting on one of the middle marks, Saltmarsh again showed his love for longer events and after taking the lead at the 17km mark raced away for a comfortable win.
Saltmarsh commenced with the Club in 2010 and this was his third win. His last coming in 2014. He is very fit as he is training with the Melbourne marathon in mind.
Strong runs from backmarkers Ben Brockman and Shaun Batten saw them fill the placings while recent winner, Kathy Franks, continued her great form finishing fourth just in front of Daniel Yaxley.
Hayden Bishop was fastest man (1:20:48) with Susan Moodie fastest woman (1:45:56).
In the teams’ event, Plus 1 (Benny Parsons and Sebrina Shields) took the victory from Having Fun (Tony Yaxley and Rhian Miles) with Lardner/Hendriks (Mathew Lardner and Ros Hendriks) in third.
The nominated time winners were Maya Bramich, Libby and Freya Crispin and Brian Paine.