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Race three of the season is the Cradle Coast Sports and Events 7 kilometre handicap at Don. The course, which starts at the Don Cricket Ground and uses paths in the area, is very popular with members.
After a very unlucky second two weeks ago, this looks like the perfect race for Sally Atkinson to break through for another win. The slightly longer distance is tailor-made for Atkinson, who is very fit having recently completed the full 101 kilometres of Gone Nuts.
She won’t have it all her own way, however, with a host of other runners looking to break the tape.
Veteran, Wayne Wiseman, runs very fast times for his age group and following a strong second last week will be keen to go one better. He knows the terrain well, as he trains in the area.
Among the other main chances are Thomas Wilson and Matthew Rolls, neither of whom ran last week, but performed well in race one.
Kelly Baxter was unable to break through last year, despite finishing close-up in many races, and could win without surprising. She was fifth last week and would not need to improve much.
If there was to be an upset, it could be provided by Russell Horton, who enjoys running off sealed surfaces.
Runners are reminded to wear both their timing chips and chest numbers and to register by 9:30
A nominated time event will be held at 9:05.
Race 2 of the Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania’s season was held on Saturday – the only Saturday race for the season.
Starting and finishing at the Cooee Hall, the course circumnavigated Burnie High School before heading towards the Durham Road hill, climbing five hundred metres to the turn.
Hot, steamy conditions made for a tough run for the sixty-two starters. Cooee runner, Josh Febey, was not deterred however, digging deep to take the win by just five seconds from Wayne Wiseman. Aaron Robertson again showed good early season form finishing third.
Dale Lancaster lead the field away but Ron Chequer and Mary-Lou Troughton soon had her in their sights and took up the running. Sven Mason and Kelly Baxter looked chances for a time as did backmarkers Jason Fehlberg and Ben Saint-John who started to pick their way through the field.
With less than a kilometre to run Febey had hit the lead and was able to hang on for a well-deserved win. It was his second with the club, the first being in 2015. He credited the win to training with the Salty’s Striders running group, in Burnie. This had not only improved his fitness but given him increased motivation.
Saint-John took out fastest time for the men with Rebecca O’Garey fastest female.
Earlier the nominated time winners were Mia Fehlberg, Mackenzie Troughton and Brian Paine.
Here is the 2018 Registration Form
Please download and fill the form, then bring it with you to your first race.
This table covers every runner that started in 2017 (208).
Thanks to Eric Hughes for making this available.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS.These links below download our Constitution (drafted in 1968 and with amendments of 1998, 2009, 2013 and 2017) and our Code of Conduct which every member is invited to sign off and agree to at the start of every season as part of the registration process. It's important that you're familiar with the Code as it outlines the expectations the club and other club members have of you. The documents are also available in the Information section of this site.
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