Race 20 Gunns Plains, “Kevin Burn Memorial” Pathway Therapies/Brown Family 13.5km Handicap Preview

Gunns Plains is the venue of the “Kevin Burn Memorial” Pathway Therapies/Brown Family 13.5km handicap to be raced over a circuit course taking in both sides of the Leven River and starting at Wings’ Wildlife Park.

The longer distance over a mostly flat course will be a change from recent races but also be a preview for the upcoming half-marathon and Feature Race, both similar events.

The race could see some different winning contenders, as a high cruising speed will be needed, rather than an ability to run hills as in several recent races.

One runner who will relish the distance is Aaron Robertson. He has been “thereabouts” in recent weeks without really being to the fore but Sunday’s course will suit him admirably.

Others who are sure to be in contention are Troy Reader, who has been very consistent, and the improving Paul Pilkington. They were fourth and fifth respectively last week and are sure to go close to victory again.

Josh Febey must be a very strong chance. He has been finishing very strongly from a back mark and ran into second last week. A similar performance will see him break the tape here.

Entries close at 6:00pm Friday at www.pccct.org with the race starting at 09:30.

A nominated time event will be conducted at 9:00.

Entries for the half-marathon and half-marathon teams’ race are also being taken now and will close on August 8.

Race 19 Somerset, Somerset Pharmacy 10km Report

The Somerset Pharmacy ten-kilometre handicap was run Sunday on a tough hilly course utilising Somerset’s Back Cam Road.

The race became more difficult when an icy southerly squall arrived just prior to the start and while the wind dropped, the event took place in freezing conditions.

Still, cross-country runners are a hardy lot and forty-four still gathered to hear the starter’s orders.

Sisters Beach runner, Kathy Franks, in her first season with the Club, ran brilliantly to record a narrow win, finishing just eight seconds in front of Josh Febey with the still-improving Greg Malley just one second further back.

She took the lead from recent winners Dale Lancaster and Ken Williams, now running from tougher handicaps, after about three kilometres and then was not headed.

Franks has moved back to the North-West Coast after living away for forty years and having heard how enjoyable competing with the PCCCT was, joined at the start of the season and hasn’t looked back.

She has been running for just four years and also thoroughly enjoys parkruns and trail running. Her aim now is to successfully complete the Triple Top run in November.

Other eye-catching performances were recorded by Troy Reader and Paul Pilkington, while pre-race favourite Gerard Lowry finished very strongly into sixth just ahead of the fastest woman, Lyn Saint-John (41:55).

Jason Scott, Tony Abel and Nigel Baptist rounded out “The Ten”.

Fastest man was Bryan Tuit (36:58).

Nominated time winners were Sophie Reimer, Alex Reimer and Libby Crispin.

Race 19 Somerset, Somerset Pharmacy 10km Results

Congratulations to the 44 hardy runners who braved the weather and the course to compete in the Somerset Pharmacy 10km handicap at Somerset.

Special congratulations to Kathy Franks who won from Josh Febey, Greg Malley, Troy Reader and Paul Pilkington.

Fastest times were Bryan Tuit (36:58) and Lyn Saint-John (41:55).

Nominated time winners were Sophie Reimer, Alex Reimer and Libby Crispin.

Race 19 Somerset, Somerset Pharmacy 10km Handicaps and Race Brief

HANDICAPS UPDATED AT 3:10pm. Please recheck handicaps if you checked before this time.

The race starts at 9.30am from the Pirates’ Park, Murchison Highway, beside the Cam River. There are toilet facilities at the park. The race is an out and back course over 10km and contains hilly sections. As the race is on public roads runners are asked run with caution and obey any directions from race officials. The race heads south on the Murchison Highway. Runners run on the left-hand verge of the highway. After about one and a half kilometres runners turn left onto Back Cam Road. There will be a race official at this intersection. Runners continue to run on the left-hand side of the Back Cam Road to the turn at the 5km mark. There will be a race official at the turn. Runners return on the left-hand side of Back Cam Road. Before the intersection with the Murchison Highway there will be a race official to guide runners to the right-hand side of highway. Runners run one and a half kilometres down the highway to finish where the race started. Post-race presentations will take place in the car park at the Pirates’ Park.

Public Health have advised that any person currently in Tasmania who has been in South Australia on or since July 8, and not currently subject to a quarantine requirement, should limit their movement in the community and avoid attendance at public gatherings. You should not attend the race tomorrow if you have been in South Australia since July 8, unless fourteen days have elapsed since you returned to Tasmania. For more information, please visit https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/

Race 19 Somerset, Somerset Pharmacy 10km Handicap Preview

The next race of the 2021 season is a tough one – the Somerset Pharmacy ten-kilometre handicap at Somerset.

The out-and-back course starts by the Cam River and follows the Murchison Highway to Back Cam Road and then continues on that hilly route until the half way mark.

However, with almost a full season of running behind them most members are very fit and the race will hold no terrors.

This looks like a good opportunity for the “Railton Rocket”, Gerard Lowry, to make a return to the winners’ list. Lowry had a couple of years off running with illness and injury but this season has been exhibiting some of his old form.

He trains over very similar terrain and will relish the hills.

If Anne Thomas can repeat her great run of last week, she will prove very hard for Lowry to rein in. In just her second year with the Club, Thomas has improved greatly and is very close to a victory

Steve Tammens is another runner gradually moving up the placings each week, and will fancy his chances here, while others who would not surprise include Troy Reader, Aaron Robertson, Kelly Baxter and Josh Febey.

Entries must be made online at www.pccct.org  and close 6:00pm Friday with the race beginning at 9:30. New runners are always welcome.

There will be a nominated time event at 9:00.

Race 18 Heybridge, MA &LJ Bates Plumbing 7km Report

The PCCCT returned to the “Heybridge to weighbridge” course after a three-year hiatus for the MA & LJ Bates Plumbing seven-kilometre handicap on Sunday.

The weather was calm and sunny and with the out-and-back terrain being mostly flat some fast times were anticipated. In these conditions often frontmarkers are to the fore and so it proved, with the very frontmarker, Somerset’s Dale Lancaster proving to be uncatchable.

The win was not at all unexpected however as she has been showing improving form after missing the first few races of the year due to injury.

Lancaster is one of the longer-term members of the Club and this was her seventh win in more than seven hundred starts, her last coming at Spreyton in 2013.

Two other front markers took out the placings with Tony Abel and Anne Thomas not far behind Lancaster.

Sam Lovatt and Shaun Batten were just behind the placegetter with their efforts suggesting wins for both before season end while youngster Emily Aichberger had a great run to finish in sixth.

Other good results came from Steve Tammens and Greg Malley. Pre-race favourite, Pat McMahon was not far away in ninth while Kathy Franks rounded out “the ten” with her best result to date.

Fastest times were recorded by Tom Murton for the men (24:06) and Anna Murton for the women (31:28)

The nominated time winners were Libby Crispin and Lucy van Rooyen.

Race 18 Heybridge, MA &LJ Bates Plumbing 7km Handicaps and Race Brief

The race commences at the Heybridge (Cuprona) Football ground.

The course takes runners around the outside of ground and then on the road out to the footpath which runs parallel to the highway.

The turn is near the Howth weighbridge, then return via the same route to the finish.

When exiting the ground, please run on the right (east side) of the road and when returning stay on that same side which will now be the left side.

Take care with the uneven footing around the outside of the ground and while on the road to and from the footpath.

Public Health have advised that as of 12:01am Saturday 17 July any person currently in Tasmania who has been in Victoria on or since July 8, and not currently subject to a quarantine requirement, should limit their movement in the community and avoid attendance at public gatherings. You should not attend the race tomorrow if you have been in Victoria since July 8.

Race 18 Heybridge, MA &LJ Bates Plumbing 7km Handicap Preview

The PCCCT returns this Sunday to a course which hasn’t been used for a few years but which was always a popular one – an out-and-back from Heybridge using the footpath beside the Bass Highway, starting at the football ground on River Road.

The event is the Bates Plumbing seven-kilometre handicap, and following the long, hilly Ironman of last week, it will be especially appreciated. No doubt, many of those who competed in that twenty-five kilometre race will still be feeling the effects, so the main chances this week could be those who gave it a miss.

Club handicapper, Pat McMahon, (whose handicap is set by the committee) looks to be the runner to beat. He has been showing great form of late competing in the shorter events, culminating in a close second at West Ulverstone two weeks ago. The extra two kilometres will hold no fears for him.

There are many others, however, who must be strongly considered. Sam Lovatt has been in great form while Jackie Reid and Steve Tammens also finished close up at Ulverstone.

If there was to be a surprise result it could be provided by frontmarker, Dale Lancaster, who is showing continued improvement after missing the first part of the season due to injury.

Entries must be done on-line and close at 6pm on Friday with the race commencing at 9:30.

New members are always welcome and can join at www.pccct.org.

A nominated time event will be held at 9:00.

Race 17 Forth, Winkler Electrical Contracting/Troy Atkins Accounting ‘Ironman Classic’ 25km Handicap Report

A chilly winters morning greeted thirty-nine starters for the annual running of the Winkler Electrical Contracting/Troy Atkins Accounting ‘Ironman Classic’ 25km Handicap.

Thomas Murton broke through for his first win since 2015, running an impressive race on what is considered the toughest race of the season.

Having meant to compete at the Gold Coast Marathon, its cancellation meant that Thomas was in peak form heading into today’s race.

Starting off the back mark, Thomas flew through the first ten kilometres in a blistering time of 32:26, putting him in a good position to take the win. Storming through the rest of the field over the next fifteen kilometres, Thomas won by over two minutes whilst also recording the fastest time of the day (1:22:29).

Steven Connelly impressed with his first run with the club, coming in second. Ellen Burgess was the fastest of the females (2:01:57), coming home in third.

John Saltmarsh finished fourth, after coming third in this race in 2019, showing his strength over this course.

2019 runner-up Hayden Bishop rounded out the top five.

Other impressive results were recorded by Kelly Baxter, Jason Scott, and Christine Wright.

Earlier, the nominated time event was taken out by Brian Paine, Lucy van Rooyen, and Lachie Riley.