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 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 Preview

The next event for the PCCCT is the Winkler Electrical Contracting/ Troy Atkins Accounting “Ironman Classic” at Forth.

A long-standing event on the calendar, at twenty-five kilometres it is not as long as the marathon, but is considered by many as the toughest run of the year due to the extremely hilly terrain covered.

Starting at Forth it takes in a circuit in the Forth Valley comprising Wilmot and Paloona Roads to Melrose and return via Forthside Road.

The event best suits fit middle or backmarkers who have proven records over these longer distances and there are several who have entered who have great chances.

Ben Brockman looks to have a second-to-none chance. He is having a much more consistent season and is performing well over shorter distances which don’t suit him as well. He certainly has the training in his legs

Kim Steven needs it long and hilly to bring out his best and he will get that here, while Troy reader has been showing up in the longer races in recent weeks and won’t need to improve much to take this out.

Other top chances include Shaun Batten, Ellen Burgess and Josh Febey.

If there was to be a surprise result it could be provided by John Saltmarsh who loves this event and placed two years ago.

Entries have closed already and the first runner will start at 9:00.

A nominated time event will be held at 9:15.

Race 16 Ulverstone Virtual Runs Australia 5km Handicap/Kelly Baxter & Rod Viney 5km Championships Race Report

Sunday’s race, the Virtual Runs Australia five-kilometre handicap utilised a new out-and-back course starting at West Ulverstone’s Tobruk Park and a good field competed. The flat, shorter course made a change from the long, hilly ones of the last two weeks and was certainly enjoyed by competitors, many of whom recorded very fast times.

The event incorporated the Club five-kilometre championships which was conducted as a sealed handicap. This meant all runners commenced together and the handicaps were applied after the race.

In the men’s championship, Wynyard runner, Tom Murton, repeated his success from this event last year and added the five-kilometre title to the ten-kilometre one he won at Devonport earlier in the year. He recorded a very slick 15:18 in winning from teenager Tom Winkler and Hayden Bishop.

The women’s championship produced a fantastic tussle from start to finish between Penguin’s Lyn Saint-John and Devonport athlete, Daile Bennett-Moyle. Saint-John eventually prevailed by one second in a time of 18:36. Third was Rhian Miles.

The sealed handicap was taken out by Ulverstone’s Howard Crispin from Club handicapper, Pat McMahon, and pre-race favourite, Sam Lovatt.

Crispin is in his first year with the Club and deserved this win after continuing improvement leading to several placings. He started running seriously when his wife, Selina, also a Club member, decided to run in the Hobart Easter Half-Marathon this year and competed in that event after a month’s training. He also was inspired by his 11-year-old daughter, Libby, who competes in the Club’s nominated time events.

Earlier the nominated time winners were Xavier and Ruby Mawer and Malcolm Nutting.

Race 16 Ulverstone Virtual Runs Australia 5km Handicap/Kelly Baxter & Rod Viney 5km Championships Race Results

Congratulations to the 68 runners who competed in the VRA 5km handicap at West Ulverstone today and especially Howard Crispin who won from Pat McMahon and Sam Lovatt.

The men’s championship was won by Tom Murton (15:18) from Tom Winkel and Hayden Bishop while the women’s champion is Lyn Saint-John (18:36) who won from Daile Bennett-Moyle and Rhian Miles.

The nominated time winners were Xavier Mawer, Ruby Mawer and Malcolm Nutting.

Race 16 Ulverstone Virtual Runs Australia 5km Handicap/Kelly Baxter & Rod Viney 5km Championships Race Briefing

West Ulverstone 5km

Mass start at Tobruk Park, Helen St.

NB: There is limited parking in Helen Street. Please park in the basketball stadium carpark and walk under the bridge to Tobruk Park

Stay on cement path all the way, under the bridge, beside the river, behind basketball stadium and past legion Park. Heading along Maud St turn right into Braddon St then follow path till you get to a PCCCT finger sign. Follow path behind the tennis courts until you come to the train crossing.

Continue to the end of the track then turn hard right along the road. There will be a finger and a witches hat and another hard right to enter the caravan park entrance.

Cross the train line, take care and turn left and run along Picnic Point Rd until the yellow gate.

There will be a turn point witches hat.  Then return the same way you went out.

This is a shared path so please be mindful of other users.

Care is needed crossing the boat ramp near the basketball stadium.

Race 16 Ulverstone Virtual Runs Australia 5km Handicap/Kelly Baxter & Rod Viney 5km Championships Preview

This Sunday the PCCCT heads to Ulverstone for the Virtual Runs Australia five-kilometre handicap and many members will relish the short event following two tough courses the last two weeks.

The event was originally scheduled for West Beach at Burnie but has been moved due to the UTAS construction work at West Park.

Tobruk Park at West Ulverstone is the meeting place and the event will take competitors on paths west towards the Apex Holiday Park and return.

The race incorporates the Club’s five-kilometre championships, so will be conducted as a mass start with the handicaps being sealed until after the finish.

The women’s competition looks quite open. Lyn Saint-John and Daile Bennett-Moyle look the strongest chances, but Felicity Lovatt, Rachel Young and Ellen Burgess can’t be ruled out of contention. Sam Mawer and Thomas Murton look the strongest chances among the men although Shaun Batten will also be a contender.

The handicapped race could throw up a surprise winner, but on recent form Sam Lovatt must start favourite. He has consistently figured in the top few placings and will be fresh after having to miss last week’s tough twelve-kilometre event.

Entries close at 6:00pm on Friday with the gun firing at 9:30.

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

Members are reminded that entries for the following week’s Ironman Classic close at11;59pm on Sunday.

Race 15 Somerset, Ray Spinks/Coastal Running Club 12km Handicap Report

The PCCCT headed to Somerset for race 15 of the season – the Raymond Spinks/Coastal Running Club twelve-kilometre handicap. Numbers were down on recent weeks but a very competitive field gathered to hear the starters’ orders. The hilly circuit course is a challenging one, commencing with a steady four kilometre climb up the Murchison Highway.

It looked like history was about to repeat itself, as last week’s runner-up, Ken Williams, led from a front mark for much of the race and was being chased down hard by Jason Scott over the last kilometre.

Last week, Williams was caught in the last few strides to lose by just one second. However, on Sunday he was able to hold on and defeat the fast-finishing Scott by six seconds.

It was a well-deserved victory for Williams who travels from Smithton every week to compete. What is more remarkable is that he is doing this at 81 years of age. He doesn’t train as much as he used to, but still tries to get out each day for a run or walk.

He commenced with the Club in 1985, has had over 750 runs and this was his twelfth win.

Scott’s run was his best for a while and he should break through soon, while Howard Crispin, Rod Viney and pre-race favourite Josh Febey, filled the next three placings.

Febey was the fastest male (49:27) while Rachel Young was quickest of the women (57:05).

The nominated time winners were Libby Crispin, Mackenzie Troughton and Freya Crispin.

Race 15 Somerset, Ray Spinks/Coastal Running Club 12km Handicap Results

Congratulations to the 39 starters who contested the Ray Spinks/ Coastal Running Club 12 km handicap at Somerset today.

The winner was Ken Williams from Jason Scott, Howard Crispin, Rod Viney and Josh Febey.

Fastest male was Josh Febey (49:27) with Rachel Young the fastest female (57:05).

Nominated time winners were Libby Crispin, Mackenzie Troughton and Freya Crispin.