Race 22 Turners Beach, The AJL Lifestyle/AJL Yamaha Half Marathon 21.1km and the Salty and Stevo Teams’ Half Marathon 21.1km Preview

This Sunday sees the running of the AJL Lifestyle/AJLYamaha half marathon.

The 21.1 kilometre event will commence at the Turners Beach football ground and take competitors to West Ulverstone and back using the cycle/walk tracks in the area.

The terrain is mostly flat but the classic distance is a good test of stamina as that flatness usually means faster running rates so care is needed not to go too hard, too early.

There are many Club members who have been in great form and picking a winner is difficult.

One runner who improves greatly over these longer distances and has been showing a win is imminent is John Saltmarsh. He was fourth in the Ironman over 25km in early July and the three runners who finished in front of him in that race are not running this week.

Kelly Baxter was a great sixth in that event and will be hard to beat on Sunday while others who will be well suited include Ben Brockman, Josh Febey and previous winner, Chris Talbot.

Following the success of the teams’ race at the marathon, the Club has decided to hold another as part of this event and there are 22 teams of two which have entered the Salty and Stevo teams’ half-marathon. Each team member will run 10.55km.

Entries have closed for these events, both of which start at 9:30.

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

Race 21 Penguin, Jacques Parcel Contracting (Australia Post Contractor) 5.3km Handicap Report

A new course was used for race twenty-one of the PCCCT season and a good number of members attended. Starting at the Dial Regional Sports Complex at Penguin, the race had a variety of underfoot conditions – paths, sealed roads, grass, gravel and bush tracks.

The bush track part was about one and a half kilometres of the Dial Range mountain-bike park and this section, though challenging and mainly uphill, was enjoyed by the competitors.

Being a shorter race, the field was compacted and so at various stages several runners appeared to be the likely winner and a close finish resulted.

Ultimately, it was Ulverstone athlete, Alex Reimer, who came out on top.

This was Reimer’s second win with the Club, having commenced in 2017. After a good season last year, he had most of the summer off running and then recently injured his foot while gardening so was pleased to get back to the full fitness which enabled him to take the victory. His love of trail running also assisted.

Close behind in second was Greg Malley who has already won two races this season but continues to improve, while fifteen-year-old Dominic Troughton ran strongly for third.

Josh Febey continued his great form to be just behind the placegetters while Nigel Baptist, Dallas van Rooyen and Aaron Robertson all used their trail running experience to place in “the ten”.

The fastest times were recorded by Tom Murton (18:57) and Lyn Saint-John (23:53) for the men and women respectively.

Nominated time winners were Libby Crispin, Lucy van Rooyen and Freya Crispin.

Race 21 Penguin, Jacques Parcel Contracting (Australia Post Contractor) 5.3km Handicap Preview

The PCCCT will use a new course this Sunday for Race 21 – the Jacques Parcel Contracting 5.3km handicap.

The race will start and finish at the Dial Park sporting complex at Penguin. While the first and final parts of the race will be on sealed roads, there will be a tricky section of trail in the middle part, using mountain bike trails on the Dial Range. This section will provide muddy, difficult footing as well as being quite undulating making it both interesting and challenging.

With the season rapidly coming to a climax, many runners who have been close without winning in recent weeks will be keen to take out the victory.

One who will be perfectly suited by the course is Paul Pilkington.

Pilkington is a relative newcomer to the Club, has been impressive all year and in recent weeks has been looking a likely winner at various stages of races. He may break through on Sunday.

Josh Febey has been finishing strongly from a backmark each week and finished second just two weeks ago. The tough sections of this course will aid backmarkers in catching slower runners and he might finally be able to take the win.

Rhian Miles in her first year with the Club is performing very well and will be a chance while, others to consider are Nigel Baptist, Shaun Batten and the youngster, Emily Aichberger.

Entries close at 6pm Friday with the race starting at 9:30am.

There will be a nominated time event at 9pm. Runners are reminded that entries for the half-marathon and teams half-marathon close at 11:59pm on Sunday.

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

Race twenty of the season, the “Kevin Burn Memorial” Brown Family/Pathway Therapies 13.5km handicap was run at Gunns Plains on Sunday.

After starting in warm, sunny conditions, a sudden, sharp storm, which included horizontal hail, tested the resolve of competitors.

Nonetheless, the runners relished the mostly flat course, although the distance of 13.5 kilometres can be a testing one.

Run as a circuit taking in both sides of the Leven River, the race started and commenced at Wings Wildlife Park.

The race was a triumph for one of the strong pre-race favourites, Turners Beach runner, Troy Reader.

Since commencing with the Club in 2006, Reader has had five wins with his last coming at Wynyard in 2017. Since then, he has not been able to race consistently until this year and the work has paid off.

Chasing him home was a group of in-form runners. Shaun Batten and Pat McMahon filled the placings just in front of Gerard Lowry and Josh Febey. All will be looking for a win in one of the few remaining races for this season.

Others who ran well and might also find a race to suit soon were Paul Pilkington and Rhian Miles, who was the first woman to finish and also had the fastest time among the women recording 58:45.

Fastest man was Club champion, Tom Murton (44:22).

The nominated time winners were Amanda Reimer, Libby Crispin and Malcolm Nutting.

Race 20 Gunns Plains, “Kevin Burn Memorial” Pathway Therapies/Brown Family 13.5km Handicaps and Race Briefing

We invite you to wear a black armband at the race in honour of our friend, member and sponsor, Terry Watson, who died this morning.

The race commences at Wings Wildlife Park, Winduss Road, Gunns Plains.

The Park would prefer we park up near the private cabins. Reach these by driving up between the café and the toilets. Please do not park in the café carpark nor over any gates.

Most of the race is run on public roads. You are responsible for keeping yourself safe. Watch for traffic on the road and also entering onto the road.

The Course: Exit the park using the the left-hand side of the road and run to the junction of Winduss Road with South Riana Road. Turn left, cross carefully to the right side of the road and continue over the bridge to Gunns Plains Road.

Turn right and continue approximately 3.5km until turning right into Marshalls Bridge Road.

Continue over the bridge, and turn right again on reaching Lowana Road.

Continue on this road which becomes South Riana Road until reaching Winduss Road again, cross carefully then continue along to re-enter the Park and on to the start/finish.

Public Health have advised that any person currently in Tasmania who has been in SE Queensland since July 17, are required to self isolate. You should not attend the race tomorrow if you have been in SE Queensland. For more information, please visit https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/ or call the Public Health Hotline.

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 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.