The McLean, McKenzie and Topfer Big Six six kilometre handicap at Burnie was run in fine conditions and a good field gathered to run the tough circuit course.

Veteran Ray Spinks was first away and still had a good lead up the the short but steep climb of Brickport Road.

However, from this point on a succession of runners made their presence felt with several looking winning hopes at different stages.

Eventually, Devonport athlete, Shaun Batten, overtook pre-race favourite, Nigel Baptist, and Gerard Lowry on the downhill run to the finish and broke the tape for a well-deserved win.

Batten had been threatening to get a victory from the start of the season but has usually found one or two others better on the day. However, this time he would not be denied and broke through for his first win. To add to his success, he also ran the fastest time of 23:09.

In his third season with the Club, Batten took up running to keep fit when he finished playing football and basketball but also values the social and family aspects of the PCCCT.

Kathy Franks continued her great form to finish fifth while Jason Scott, Josh Febey and Rhian Miles all ran great races to place in “the ten”.

Lyn Saint-John fastest female (25:11).

The nominated time winners were William Robertson, Libby Crispin and Brian Paine.

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