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The PCCCT Devonport and Burnie Toyota/ Wild Ride Cycles 17.6 kilometre Wynyard to Burnie Feature Race was run in excellent conditions on Sunday and a good sized field gathered to hear the starter’s orders.
The prestigious and much sought-after race looked very open on paper with many chances and this was how it turned out with less than three minutes separating the top twelve finishers.
Greatly inform runner, Burnie’s Greg Malley created a little bit of Club history by taking the win – his third for the season.
Following seconds in the first two races of the season, Malley won the third, a seven-kilometre event at Port Sorell and then showed his versatility by taking out the Club marathon at the end of May.
But Sunday’s race put the icing on the cake when after taking the lead from Kathy Franks entering West Park oval, he hung on to beat the fast-finishing Mark Saint-John by just twelve seconds.
Franks finished third in front of Ellen Burgess and Gerard Lowry.
Club male champion, Thomas Murton recorded the fastest time (56:30) in finishing seventh while female champion, Lyn Saint-john was fastest woman (71:59).
Other awards were first female, Kathy Franks, first novice, Rhian Miles, first over 50, Mark Saint-John and youngest finisher, Lukas Pilkington.
At the post-race luncheon, a special presentation was made to Club stalwart, Barry Ling, who retired from the committee at the end of 2020 after serving for thirty-eight years with thirty-four of those being as president.
Congratulations to the 49 members who ran today in the Devonport and Burnie Toyota/Wild Ride Cycles Wynyard to Burnie Feature Race.Special congratulations to Greg Malley who won from Mark Saint-John and Kathy Franks.Fastest times were Tom Murton (56:30) and Lyn Saint-John (71:59).Other trophies from the race were:First female: Kathy FranksFirst Novice: Rhian MilesFirst over 50 years of age: Mark Saint-John Youngest Finisher: Lukas PilkingtonSeason trophy winners will be posted during the week.
This Sunday sees the running of the Devonport/Burnie Toyota/Wild Ride Cycles Wynyard to Burnie Feature race.
This event, which is the richest and most prestigious of the season, is run over 17.6 kilometres, starting outside the post office and ends with a lap of West Park oval giving spectators a good view of the finish. The first runner away, Brett Riley, will commence his journey at 9:30 with the winner expected to finish at around 11:15
All members would like to add their name to the honour board listing previous winners, but only one will have that privilege. To win, a number of factors have to come together, but principal is a quality, injury-free preparation to enable a competitor to utilise the handicap provided.
The best of the frontmarkers looks to be Darlene Jacques who will be second runner away and prove very hard to catch while Kathy Franks also has a strong chance.
Best of the middlemarkers look to be Steven Tammens, John Saltmarsh, Nigel Baptist, Gerard Lowry and Rhian Miles. Miles especially will be very hard to beat after great recent results.
Any of several backmarkers would not surprise and be deserving winners. Mark Saint-John, Bryan Tuit, Lukas Pilkington, Shaun Batten and Tom Murton are all top chances but co-markers Ben Brockman and Josh Febey look to be the two most likely to take the victory and could run together the whole way before contesting a sprint finish on the oval.
Following the race there will be a luncheon at The Point for members and their families.
There will be no nominated time event this week.
Recent weeks have seen the Club plagued by bad weather. By contrast, at Sunday’s race at Railton a beautiful clear day greeted competitors as they arrived in Pioneer Park so that a good-sized field assembled for the start.
The course takes runners on back streets and through a bush track before heading up the tough Newbed Road hill and continuing to complete a circuit.
This was the final race before the big one next week – the Wynyard to Burnie Feature race – and was penalty free until after that event. Consequently, it was expected to be a very close contest and it was outside the winner.
Young Turners Beach runner, Sabrina Shields, showed the more seasoned competitors a clean pair of heels and recorded a comfortable victory by forty seconds.
This is Shields’ first serious season with the Club following on from a handful of races last year and the increased competition has certainly paid off. She is having a big year, as she also plays football with the Ulverstone women’s team which recently won the north-west premiership.
The consistent Josh Febey ran into second place and with it favouritism for next week’s event although he did not have much to spare over the next runners to finish, Ben Brockman, Kathy Franks and Gerard Lowry.
Others to stand out included Mark Saint John, Rhian Miles and the backmarker, Club champion, Tom Murton.
Murton was fastest man (31:49) with Daile Bennett-Moyle (43:31) fastest woman.
The nominated time winners were Lucy van Rooyen, Libby Crispin and Malcolm Nutting.
Congratulations to the 50 members who ran today in the House of Anvers 10km handicap at Railton.
Special congratulations to Sabrina Shields who won from Josh Febey and Ben Brockman.
Fastest times were Tom Murton (31:49) and Daile Bennett-Moyle (43;31).
Nominated time winners were Lucy van Rooyen, Libby Crispin and Malcolm Nutting.
• Meet at Goliath Park in Giblin Street
• Head down Giblin Street and turn right into Ennis Ave. Stay on RHS of road
• This turns left into Dowbiggin St
• Proceed south on Dowbiggin St and across the mainroad at the marshal
• Continue further on Dowbiggin St and turn right at the marshal onto the old Trainline which will take you through to Sunnyside Road
• Veer right on Sunnyside road and continue back to the main road.
• Stay on RHS of road until crossed over by a marshal.
• Proceed left around the corner of New Bed Road. Cross safely onto the RHS of NewBed Road.
• Take a big breath because here comes the hill!
• Proceed up ….and up…and up NewBed Road. At the top it will bring you along the top of the hill and turn right to bring you back down to a T junction.
• Turn right and stay on RHS of road to proceed back to Ennis Ave. Fingers and witches hats will guide you along the path to the finish in Goliath Park where we started.
Although Railton is usually quiet on Sunday mornings, keep to the right hand side of all roads and be aware of any traffic.
3 Marshals are required for this event. Anyone prepared to help in this regard, please see Gerard Lowry.
This race is a deferred penalty race; handicaps are done for the feature race.
*Special note, it is possible on this race to take home the chocolates without winning. 😊
Devonport/Burnie Toyota/Wild Ride Cycles Wynyard to Burnie FEATURE RACE 17.6km Handicap Information, Race Brief, Map and Handicaps
The Club will be providing sandwiches but we ask members to support the luncheon.
Could those with family names beginning A to M please bring a plate of savoury to share and those with family names beginning N to Z please bring a plate of sweet to share. Thank you!
Emma Turner will be able to bring your dishes from Wynyard to the function if you want to drive straight through to the start.
Handicaps for the 2021 Feature Race:
Railton is the venue this Sunday for the penultimate race of the season as members compete in the House of Anvers ten kilometre handicap.
The course is a circuit, starting at Goliath Park and is affectionately described as flat with one hill. However, that one hill, is a long and high one and presents a good challenge.
This is the final race before the major race of the season – the Wynyard to Burnie Feature Race – and, as is traditional, the victor will not receive a penalty for winning until the end of the season. Therefore, competitors can go all-out knowing a win will not affect their handicap for the “big one” the following week.
In addition. with only two races left, time is running out for those close to a victory to make use of all the training of the last months.
Steve Tammens ran second last week in his best result for the year so he is certainly one who is peaking at just the right time. He could definitely go one better on Sunday.
Aaron Robertson looks to have overcome a niggling injury and will be a strong chance while Josh Febey has been running strongly every week without breaking through and that could happen here.
Other good chances look to be Michael Taylor, Gerard Lowry, who trains on this course, Lyn Saint-John and Paul Birch.
Entries will close at 6:00pm on Friday, with the race starting at 9:30. New runners are always welcome with information available at www.pccct.org.
A nominated time event will be conducted at 9:00.
The third last race of the season used a scenic out-and-back course at Turners Beach. Mostly flat, the seven-kilometres were relished by the runners and some good times were recorded. Unfortunately, although not windy, it was run with intermittent showers and this kept numbers low.
The weather was not a deterrent, however, for determined Ulverstone runner, Nigel Baptist, who took the victory after being close in recent weeks.
Baptist, who also enjoys mountain-biking, looked likely to win a race early in the year but a biking accident left him with a cracked sternum and unable to run for a couple of months. Since getting back on track he has regained fitness and continued where he left off prior to the accident.
This was his first win in three seasons with the Club and he is now setting his sights on competing with a team, including his wife, in the Bruny Island Ultra-marathon (64km) in December.
In second place, just five seconds adrift, was Steven Tammens recording his best result to date with Aaron Robertson and Josh Febey next to finish.
Mark Saint-John and Gerard Lowry also ran great races while frontmarker, Michael Taylor, surprised with a good return to form.
Lyn Saint-John was the first female to finish and also had fastest time for the women recording 29:12. Fastest man was Tom Murton in 23:41
Earlier, nominated time winners were Montana Robertson, Brian Paine, Lachie Riley and Libby Crispin.
Next week sees the last race to be run before the Feature Race. The winner of that race will not be rehandicapped until after the Feature Race.
Congratulations to the 40 finishers in the Race 24 Turners Beach, Rod and Judith Priestley 7km Handicap today!
Special Congratulations to Nigel Baptist, who won from Steven Tammens and Aaron Robertson.
Thomas Murton was the fastest male (23:41) and Lyn Saint-John was the fastest female (29:12).
Nominated time winners were Montana Robertson, Brian Paine, Lachie Riley and Libby Crispin.