Race 6 Fernglade, Wilkinson’s Pharmacy 6km Handicap Report

Race 6 of the 2021 PCCCT season was run in perfect conditions on Sunday. Starting at the pony club at Fern Glade, Burnie, the 6km course, while short in distance, provided plenty of hills for members to enjoy.

Because it was ANZAC Day, the race commenced at 1:00pm and was followed by a Club provided barbecue. Both the afternoon start time and the promise of food were popular, and a good field attended.

This course usually has some muddy, slippery sections but with the recent weather, the off-road sections were very dry.

The race was a triumph for first year runner, Ulverstone’s Sam Mawer. Although he has enjoyed running since his teen years growing up at Rosebery, he has only joined the Club this year.

Mawer started competing with the Club while recovering from a football injury to his hand. In fact, had he not had the injury, he would have been playing football for Penguin at the time he was running. He hopes to continue with both running and football when his hand has recovered.

In second place was last year’s winner of this event – young gun Will van Rooyen while the very consistent Adrian Mann was third.

Fastest male was Tom Murton who burnt up the course in 19:30 while Lyn Saint-John (24:53) was the fastest female.

Earlier, nominated time winners were Natalie and Robyn Luttrell and Hannah Elphinstone.

Race 5 Wynyard, Findex 8.5km Handicap Report

The PCCCT headed to Wynyard on Sunday for the Findex 8.5km Handicap. Sunny and slightly breezy conditions greeted fifty-eight runners to the start line, ready to tackle the trails along the Inglis River.

Whilst not being technical trails, there were still plenty of tree roots, board walks and steps to keep runners on their toes. With the undulating course, the win was going to come from a runner who ran a consistent time without burning out early.

That runner was Tony Abel, who took out the finishing tape by thirty seconds. Having consistently placed in the top ten this year, this run was a reward for effort put in the last four races. Tony returned to the club this year after an eleven-year hiatus, after the sad and sudden loss of his wife last year.  He is a decorated member of the club, having recorded six victories throughout the 70’s and 80’s, including a marathon victory in 1982. Tony was also the secretary for the club in 1986 and 1987.

Second place was David Wright, followed closely by young charger Dominic Troughton.

Ellen Burgess recorded the fastest time for the females, with new member Sam Mawer recording the fastest of the males.

A strong field of fifteen took part in the earlier nominated time race, which was won by Eva Murrell, Lachie Riley, Chad Burr, and Lucy van Rooyen.

Entries are now open for next Sunday’s race at Fernglade, as well as the Mountain Classic on Sunday May 2. Visit our website for more information on the races and entry deadlines.

Full results at www.pccct.org

Race 5 Wynyard, Findex 8.5km Handicap

Well done to the 58 runners in Race 5 of the 2021 season!

Congratulations to Tony Abel, who won from David Wright and Dominic Troughton.

Fastest Male was Sam Mawer (34:03) and Fastest Female was Ellen Burgess (41:39)

Nominated time winners were Eva Murrell, Lachie Riley, Chad Burr, and Lucy van Rooyen.

Race report and entries to next weeks race, as well as the Mountain Classic, will be up later this afternoon!

Race 4 Spreyton, Spreyton Cider Co 5km Handicap Results and Report

A good field gathered to hear the starter’s orders for the Spreyton Cider Co 5km handicap at Spreyton at Sunday which was run in cool but sunny conditions. With the recent dry weather, it wasn’t even necessary for members to get their feet wet as they made their way through apple and cherry orchards.

The course had a couple of changes this year to incorporate more trail and it was very well received by runners.

Matthew Lardner was a narrow winner from one of the youngest Club members, Dominic Troughton with Markus Larch, having his first run with the PCCCT in third.

Lardner, from South Forest, is one of two members who travel from Circular Head to compete and was very happy to have made the long trip worthwhile. He took up running about three years ago just for general fitness and enjoyment and decided to take a further step and run with the Club last year.

Pre-race favourite, Tony Abel was a close fourth, further indicating that a win is close.

Others to record promising performances were Will van Rooyen, Adrian Mann and backmarker, Shaun Batten, who finished strongly into eighth.

Larch took fastest time honours for the men (19:21) with Lyn Saint-John the quickest of the women (21:17).

The nominated time winner was  Monty Robertson.

Race 3 Port Sorell, Glow Cosmetics 7km Handicap Report

Race three of the PCCCT season was held on Sunday morning, with beautiful sunny weather greeting fifty-three runners at Port Sorell for the Glow Cosmetics 7km Handicap.

Only being the second time this course has been used, it was unfamiliar for many members. This provided runners with an extra challenge of pacing themselves through the changing surfaces underfoot. Much of the course is on sandy single trail, which was well received by competitors.

After two second places in the previous two races, Greg Malley finally broke the tape for his first win of the season with a handy margin of 29 seconds back to the next runner. Malley re-joined the club last year after four years away and has been working hard over the summer to improve his pace. Running a consistent distance every week has proved crucial to his improvement.

Storming home into second place was Sam Lovatt, recording the third fastest time of the race.

Rounding out the top three was fifteen-year-old Dominic Troughton. Dominic has stepped up to the handicap races this year after running the nominated time events in years past and looks a strong chance of a win this year with his constant improvement.

Thomas Murton recorded the fastest time for the males, whilst Brooke Fehlberg narrowly recorded the fastest for the females, only being one second faster than new member Felicity Lovatt.

The nominated time winners were Libby Crispin and Lachie Riley.

Members are reminded that there will be no race next weekend due to Easter.

Full results at www.pccct.org.

Race 2 Don, Cradle Coast Sports and Events 7km Handicap Report

Darlene Jacques recorded her second victory with the club this Friday

Race two of the PCCCT 2021 season was run on Friday evening, with excellent running conditions greeting forty-five runners at Don for the Cradle Coast Sports and Events 7km Handicap.

With Run Devonport being held on Sunday, the run provided an excellent opportunity for runners to flush the legs out in anticipation for the event on Sunday.

Raymond Spinks led the field away, followed closely by Nicole Sharp and Ken Williams.

It did not take long for the race winner, Darlene Jacques, to chase them and the other front-markers down. She then led for most of the race recording an emphatic win by over a minute. Only four years ago, she made her debut with the PCCCT on the same course. Jacques credited her success to the hard work she has been putting in over the last year, training with the Everyday Lions group as well as working with Joel Deegan on her training and diet.

Running into second place for the second week in a row, Greg Malley recorded another strong run. He is sure to record a victory in the coming weeks.

The top three was rounded out by Tony Abel, with the fastest male Hayden Bishop finishing fourth.

Daile Bennett-Moyle ran a strong fifth and recorded the fastest female time. Other strong results were recorded by Sam Lovatt, Brendan Burr, and Gerard Lowry.

The nominated time winners were Lachie Riley and Hannah Elphinstone.

Full results at www.pccct.org

Race 2 Don, Cradle Coast Sports and Events 7km Handicap Results

Well done to the 45 participants in Race 2 of the 2021 season!

Congratulations to Darlene Jacques, who won from Greg Malley and Tony Abel.

Fastest Male was Hayden Bishop (24:36) and Fastest Female was Daile Bennett-Moyle (27:48)

Nominated time winners were Lachie Riley and Hannah Elphinstone.

Report and photos to come tomorrow morning!

Race 1 Wivenhoe, Burnie SportsPower 5km Handicap Report

The 2021 PCCCT’s  season has begun, with the running of the Burnie SportPower five kilometre Handicap at Wivenhoe.

With an eager turnout of sixty runners, members were very excited to get away for the first race of the season. With a limited form guide to pick the winner off, it was anyone’s race to win.

Runners enjoyed cool and sunny conditions on the out and back course to Fernglade.

Line Honours went to Narelle Jacobs, in her sixth race with the club. After running on and off over the last four years at parkrun and social group runs, she began training with the Everyday Lions group over the last 8 months. She credited her improvement to the interval training that she has been doing since joining that group.

Only twelve seconds behind her was Greg Malley, with fellow training stablemate Darlene Jacques rounding out the top three.

Other strong results were recorded by Dale Lancaster, Brendan Burr, and Josh Febey. These runners will surely pick up a win in 2021.

Fastest time for the men was recorded by Jason Felhberg, with Lyn Saint-John the fastest woman.

Earlier the nominated time winners were Mitchel Elphinstone, Eva Murell, Brian Paine, and Lucy van Rooyen.

Runners are reminded that this weeks Cradle Coast Sports and Events 7km handicap at Don will be held at 6pm Friday. Entries are required by 6pm Wednesday on the website.

Full results at www.pccct.org