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.