The PCCCT – Running Club held its first stand-alone relay race on Sunday with the running of the MA & LJ Bates Plumbing Teams 4 x 5km Handicap

The course utilised a section of the newly constructed Coastal Pathway at Preservation Bay with the start, finish and changeovers at the Penguin Surf Lifesaving Club. This provided great viewing for spectators and team members and there was a great atmosphere as competitors were encouraged and their efforts recognised.

Twenty-six teams entered meaning a total of 104 competitors were involved. The race itself proved to be an exciting one with only twenty-two seconds between the first two teams and only 1:23 separating the first five. The top three teams started from a middle-mark, a front-mark and a back-mark respectively, further indicating the good work done by the handicappers.

Despite some early morning rain, the weather was perfect for the event with light winds and a mild temperature allowing all competitors to run good times.

The victorious team was the Bonneville Consulting Trail running Team whose members were John-Christophe Bonneviille, Dereck Van Staaveren, Callum Wagner and David Ridderhoff narrowly in front of Girls Gone Rogue (Michelle Green, Kristie Wilson, Jodie Watson and Terri Webb).

The top five was completed by Bluff Buddies (Grant McCormack, Steve Dell, Jeff Green and Darren Hardinig), Randoms (Allyssa Shields, Tim Dowling, Emma Howard and John Badcock), and Pacemakers (Christopher Talbot, Michael Taylor, Roselyn Hendriks and Cherie Lowe).

To round out the morning, the Club supplied a barbecue after the race.


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