Newstead Athletics handicap event through Hollybank Forest

Abbie Butler winning the 5km race at the Tasmanian Running Festival in June.
Abbie Butler winning the 5km race at the Tasmanian Running Festival in June.

Newstead Athletics handicap event through Hollybank Forest proved a real family affair.

Abbie Butler and father, Marcus, along with Alex Seen, and father, Andrew, dominated the division 1 six-kilometre course as more than 60 runners tackled a choice of trail runs.

David Nicholls fought bravely to stave off the pursuit of the formidable duos, before relinquishing his lead in the final kilometre, to finally place a respectable fourth.

Abbie Butler executed her race plan perfectly, overtaking her dad, who is also her training partner, just seconds from the finish line to claim the win and fastest female with a time of 26.25.

The fastest male, just one second shy of Butler’s time, was Alexander Seen, whose agility relegated his dad into eighth place.

Butler’s creditable achievement adds to her increasing list of solid results including her Launceston 5km win and she will head to the Sunshine Coast this month for the national cross-country championships.

Sam Talbot was first home and fastest male (11:03) in the division 2 3km while a tie for fifth place saw Sophie Marshall as fastest female (12:09).

Barbara Clayton made a comeback over 1.5km won by Jamie Howard from fastest female and male Annabelle Cook and Xavier Davie.

Saturday’s event takes runners to a grassed loop course at Fairlands, on the East Tamar, at 1pm, with 6, 4 or 2km options.