Devonport: Molly Malone’s 6km

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This Sunday’s race is the Molly Malone’s six kilometre handicap commencing at Roundhouse Park, Devonport. The course usually takes runners to the Bluff lighthouse and return but this year, due to council path works on Victoria Parade, competitors will enjoy a flat out-and-back course to Horsehead Creek using the paths along Formby and Devonport Roads.

As it will provide members with their last chance for a solid hit-out before the following week’s Feature Race, it promises to be fast and furious. The winner will not have a handicap readjustment until after that event, so a victory here will not affect his/her chances in the big one.

Following a wonderful effort when she finished third last week, Roselyn Hendriks will fancy her chances. She has been showing continual improvement and will be tough to run down from a front mark.

Another one of the female runners, in Mollie Powell, could be her biggest threat. Powell has recently returned to live on the coast after completing university and with some consistent races under belt is now ready to win

Best of the middle markers may be Michael Purton and Rick Ferguson, both of whom will be fresh after missing last week’s long race. They each have both displayed the form necessary to show up here.

Others who wouldn’t surprise include Ken Williams, Ewen Troughton (a previous winner of this race) Brooke Fehlberg and Arnie Elphinstone.

The race will start at the slightly later time of 10:30 with entries closing at 10:00.

Race 22: Kevin Burns Memorial Brown Family/Ulverstone Tyreright 13.5km

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Race 22 of the season, the Kevin Brown Memorial sponsored by the Brown family and Ulverstone Tyreright, was run at Gunns Plains in perfect conditions.

Runners relished the flat course although the distance of 13.5 kilometres can be a testing one.

Run on an out-and-back course, the race showed how much improvement Devonport athlete, Amie Bramich, has made over the course of the year as she won her second race in recent weeks. The first was over just five kilometres but the increased distance proved no obstacle as she took the lead from seventy-eight year old, Ken Williams, the club’s oldest runner, with just two hundred metres to run.

Williams hung on for second with another front marker, Roselyn Hendriks, running a great race for third.

Kyle Groenewege, one of the pre-race favourites, was the best of the backmarkers with a powerful finish into fourth. Other to impress were Nick Young, who finished fifth, and Simon Gates who ran into the top ten from a tough mark.

Husband and wife, Arnie and Ellen Elphinstone, were just behind the placegetters, with Arnie just pipping his wife.

Bramich attributed her win to a change in training from long slow runs to shorter, pacier runs which have given her leg speed to go with her high level of fitness.

Fastest male and female were Evan Brett and Lyn Saint-John respectively.

The nominated time winners were Phoebe Gillard, Nat Luttrell and Sandra and Hannah Elphinstone.

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