The Paine Family Memorial ten-kilometre handicap at Burnie is conducted over a tough, hilly circuit and on Sunday was run in perfect winter running conditions it being sunny and cool with no wind.
A large number of Paine family members, travelled from the south of the state to join the north-west contingent and they were treated to a great race.
Last year there was a one-second margin between first and second and while it wasn’t as close this year, the winner was unclear until the last kilometre.
At that stage, Devonport runner Rhian Miles, finally overtook the gallant frontmarker Ken Williams and was able to hold on to complete the victory from Sabrina Shields, the fast-finishing backmarker, Josh Febey, Gerard Lowry and David Murton.
This is Miles’ second season with the Club and she was thrilled to finally get her first victory after many placings this year. Miles began running about eighteen months ago when encouraged by her sister, Daile Bennett-Moyle, and she now loves it. Interestingly, Bennett-Moyle won this event last year so Miles was excited to emulate that victory.
This year Miles has completed one main running goal – finishing a half-marathon – and now is hoping to do a full marathon later this year.
Miles was fastest female (42:08) with Febey fastest male (39:31).
Sunday also saw the running of the nominated time “Feature Race”. The winner was Libby Crispin from Ellen Burgess, Emma Turner, Chad Burr and Emily Aichberger.