Race 9a and 9b Devonport, Everyday Lions Female 5km Handicap/Simons Design Centre Male 5km Handicap Preview

This Sunday will see the running of the Meercroft 5km split division races in Devonport. The course is a flat, fast, four lap course on the road around Meercroft Park.

In previous years the divisions have been split into Front-Markers and Back-Markers. This year will see the divisions split by gender, with the Simons Design Centre Male Handicap being run as the curtain raiser before the Everyday Lions Female Handicap.

The three female placegetters in the Club Championships look a chance to take out the female race

It’s hard to go past Ellen Burgess as the favourite for the women, finishing fourth in the handicap race last week and second in the 10km championships. She also ran strong for third in the Mountain Classic, so a win is well within her grasp.

Winner of the club championships, Lyn Saint-John will be well suited to the quick course. Third place getter, Anna Murton, will also be well in the mix.

Emma Turner and Christine Wright are others to watch, both recording good results last week.

For the men, Nigel Baptist looks to be the pick of the bunch. Finishing third last week, with a handful of placings throughout the year, he is due for a win. Tony Abel has continued his rapid improvement this year, looking a chance to record a second win this year.

Young charger Thomas Murton will also be close running from the back mark, with the flat fast course suiting him well.

Runners are reminded that entries are online only and close at 6pm Friday. The men’s race will start at 9:30am Sunday, with the female’s race to follow. New members are always welcome and encouraged to check our website. www.pccct.org

Race 8 Physiotas City of Devonport 10km Handicap/Molly Malones 10km Championships Report

Cool and overcast conditions greeted 55 runners on Sunday for Race 8 of the PCCCT Season.

The Physiotas City of Devonport 10km Handicap was run in conjunction with the Molly Malones 10km Championships, as a sealed handicap mass start event. This created much excitement and anticipation, with the handicap winner not known until presentations.

Thomas Murton (middle) came first, from Hayden Bishop (right) and Ben Brockman (left)

As the event was the club championships, the first runners across the line took out the placings. Thomas Murton broke the tape first for the males, with a blistering time of 32:18. Over three minutes behind in second was Hayden Bishop, followed by Ben Brockman for third.

Lyn Saint-John (middle) won from Ellen Burgess (left) and Anna Murton (right)

The female championships were taken out by Lyn Saint-John, in a time of 41:22. She broke the tape four minutes ahead of Ellen Burgess in second, with Anna Murton rounding out the top three.

David Wright took home the shield for the handicap race

The handicap race was taken out by pre-race favourite, David Wright. Having won two races previously, David is a fixture of the club having run 230 races to date. His last win was in 2013 and has since battled injuries over several years. Since retiring, David has managed to work through his injuries and start returning to some top form.

Tony Abel ran a strong race, placing in second. Nigel Baptist finished third, with a win surely soon in his sights. Ellen Burgess and Thomas Murton rounded out the top five.

Hannah Elphinstone took out the earlier nominated time event.

Race 8 Physiotas City of Devonport 10km Handicap/Molly Malones 10km Championships Results

Well done to the 55 participants of Race 8 of the 2021 season!

Congratulations to David Wright, who took out the Physiotas City of Devonport 10km Handicap, from Tony Abel, Nigel Baptist, Ellen Burgess, and Thomas Murton.

Lyn Saint-John (41:22) took out the female Molly Malones 10km Championship, from Ellen Burgess (45:17) and Anna Murton (47:30).

Thomas Murton (32:18) won the male Molly Malones 10km Championship, from Hayden Bishop (35:37) and Ben Brockman (39:13).

The Nominated Time winner was Hannah Elphinstone, 6 seconds off her time.

Race 8 Physiotas City of Devonport 10km Handicap/Molly Malone’s 10km Championships Race Briefing

Remember: this is a mass start/sealed handicap event. The handicaps and handicap race placings will be revealed following the race. Race start is at 9:30am.

It incorporates the Club’s 10km championships and for which there will be medallions and prize money.

The new toilets at Meercroft Park will be available for our use.

Please take care crossing streets and also on sections of the track which can be uneven. Only cross streets at the designated points.

The race commences at the parkrun start near the playground at The Bluff. Follow the path to the turn which is approximately opposite George Street. Return to The Bluff, crossing the road at the crossing point before the skate park.

Follow the path to Coles Beach, past Nixon Street, then follow the fingers and witches hats to Don College and around a loop in the Don Reserve before retracing your steps and finishing in front of the hockey centre.

A big thank you to our sponsors: Physiotas (handicap) and Molly Malone’s Pub (championships).

Race 8 Physiotas City of Devonport 10km Handicap/Molly Malones 10km Championships Preview

Race eight of the PCCCT season heads to Devonport, for the running of the Physiotas City of Devonport 10km Handicap. The course utilises walking tracks in the Devonport area, with a mix of sealed paths and sawdust to contend with.

This event will also incorporate the Molly Malone’s 10km Club Championships. As such, the race will be a mass start, seeing all members start at the same time. The first three males and females across the line will be the placegetters in the Championships. Handicaps will be applied after the race to determine the winner of the Handicap race.

Thomas Murton will be the clear favourite to take out the championships for the men, with co-marker Thomas Winkel in hot pursuit. Hayden Bishop and Sam Mawer will also be in contention for a placing. Lyn Saint-John, Felicity Lovatt, and Brooke Fehlberg look set to battle it out for the women, though Natasha Mapley could change all that if she returns for her first run with the club this year.

David looks hot favourite to take out the handicap race

With the mass start format, the handicap winner could be a surprise. It’s hard to go past David Wright though, with two second places already this season. Dominic Troughton and Nigel Baptist are also strong chances, recording strong results all season.

Runners are reminded that entries are online only and close at 6pm Friday. The race will start at 9:30am Sunday. New members are always welcome and encouraged to check our website. www.pccct.org

Race 7 High on Penguin Burnie to Ridgley Mountain Classic 16.5km Handicap Report

Warm and sunny conditions greeted the thirty-eight starters in the longest and hardest race of the season to date – the High on Penguin, Burnie to Ridgley “Mountain Classic” 16.5 kilometre handicap.

This event is one of the longest running in the club’s annual programme and is highly sought after due to its prestige and also the challenge – it needs a fit determined runner to take it out due to the almost constant uphill course.

The race proved to be an exciting one, and also a well handicapped one, as the placings were shared by runners starting from front, middle and back marks.

Devonport runner, Hayden Bishop, was the backmarker and ran a very strong race to break through for his second victory following a win in a 10 kilometre event at Burnie in 2017.

After joining the Club in 2016, having done little running, Bishop has taken to the sport with relish and is now recording great times over a range of distances, including the marathon.

The go-marker, David Wright, was second with Ellen Burgess, a previous winner of this event, in third.

Club champion, Tom Murton, started from the backmark (with Tom Winkel) and did a great job to catch all bar the placegetters. He recorded the fastest time – a stunning 57:53 – while Lyn Saint-John was fastest female (77:33).

Other excellent performances, indicating a win soon, were turned in by Gerard Lowry and Christine Wright.

Race 7 High on Penguin Burnie to Ridgley Mountain Classic 16.5km Handicap

Congratulations to all members who finished the tough High on Penguin Burnie to Ridgley Mountain Classic 16.5km .

Special congratulations to Hayden Bishop who won from David Wright and Ellen Burgess.

Fastest man was Tom Murton (57:56) with Lyn Saint-John fastest woman (77:33).

There was no nominated time event this week.

Race 7 High on Penguin Burnie to Ridgley Mountain Classic 16.5km Handicaps and Race Brief

Please ensure you are at the start line for your posted handicap time. Race start is at 9:30am.

Please note: there will be no nominated time event today.

There will be drink stations but you need to place your own drink bottles in the collection crates at the start. Please make sure they have your name and number on them.

If you have a supporter providing you with drinks/nourishment, they must do this at the drink stations. We don’t want runners or supporters crossing over the road during the race at random spots.

Please be very careful on this course because you will be running across intersections and driveways which won’t have marshals. 

The meeting place is at the cenotaph in West Park.

Run east towards the gate and then up the path inside the park adjacent to West Park Grove. Exit the park and continue on the right -hand side of the road to Fortuna Avenue. Turn right and continue to the roundabout at Brickport Road.

Here you will be crossed over to the footpath on the right-hand side. Continue until you reach Three Mile Line Road and turn right.

Continue until you reach West Moorville Road and turn left. Stay on this road until you reach its junction with Ridgley Highway, then go straight ahead before finally turning right to finish in the car park at the Ridgley Football Club.

Race 7 High on Penguin Burnie to Ridgley Mountain Classic Preview

The first of the season’s major races will be run this Sunday, with the running of the High on Penguin Mountain Classic 16.5km Handicap.

Starting at Burnie Park, the course heads up via West Park Grove, Mooreville and West Moorville, to finish at Ridgley. It has a reputation for being a very tough course, with over 400m of elevation gained over the distance. It typically has suited the stronger runners, who can maintain a solid pace over the incline.

Murton looks set to break the tape on Sunday

One such runner will be the backmarker, Thomas Murton. Whilst being fast, he also thrives on tough courses. Examples include multiple first placings at Gone Nuts, as well as a strong time of two hours and thirty-one minutes at the Easter Marathon this year. He always performs well in these big races and will be one to watch, storming through the field from the back mark.

A previous winner, Ellen Burgess, is also a strong chance. She has proven herself on this course before and wouldn’t surprise if she scored herself another victory in this race.

Brendan Burr and Nigel Baptist have recorded good results all season and could bring out a winning performance with the excitement of a bigger race.

Others to watch are the “Railton-Rocket” Gerard Lowry, and Ben Brockman.

Entries have now closed, with the first runner away at 9:30am. Handicaps, as well as the Race Brief, will be posted on Friday at 6pm.

Whilst entries have closed for this race, entries are open for the Devonport 10km the following week. New members are always welcomed and encouraged to check out the website. www.pccct.org

There will be no nominated time event this week.

Race 6 Fernglade, Wilkinson’s Pharmacy 6km Handicap Report

Race 6 of the 2021 PCCCT season was run in perfect conditions on Sunday. Starting at the pony club at Fern Glade, Burnie, the 6km course, while short in distance, provided plenty of hills for members to enjoy.

Because it was ANZAC Day, the race commenced at 1:00pm and was followed by a Club provided barbecue. Both the afternoon start time and the promise of food were popular, and a good field attended.

This course usually has some muddy, slippery sections but with the recent weather, the off-road sections were very dry.

The race was a triumph for first year runner, Ulverstone’s Sam Mawer. Although he has enjoyed running since his teen years growing up at Rosebery, he has only joined the Club this year.

Mawer started competing with the Club while recovering from a football injury to his hand. In fact, had he not had the injury, he would have been playing football for Penguin at the time he was running. He hopes to continue with both running and football when his hand has recovered.

In second place was last year’s winner of this event – young gun Will van Rooyen while the very consistent Adrian Mann was third.

Fastest male was Tom Murton who burnt up the course in 19:30 while Lyn Saint-John (24:53) was the fastest female.

Earlier, nominated time winners were Natalie and Robyn Luttrell and Hannah Elphinstone.