Run Reports 2018

The Grove 10km Handicap Trophy

June 24 2018

Mackay Road Runners held its annual 'The Grove' 10km Handicap Trophy for the twenty-fifth consecutive year from the awesome precincts of The Grove Tavern, Andergrove Road last Sunday Afternoon in perfect running conditions.  The historic trophy is won by the first male or female runner who crosses the 10km line based on their handicap start.  Seventy-two year old talented Mackay Road Running stalwart, David Isbister was the deserved recipient, taking out the 2018 crown for the second time in the history of the event.  David's last victory was an amazing fourteen years ago and now reigns as the only runner to have ever won the trophy for the second time.  Previous Trophy winners, Paul Tilse (1996), Shane Barben (2011) and Peter Wright (2015) were among approximately forty runners who were on hand to congratulate David at the post run presentation at The Grove lounge. Many thanks to The Grove Proprietor, Brad Hoffman for his support and very generous sponsorship as well as his friendly staff for hosting the special event.

Both five and ten kilometre participants were sent on their way from 4pm based on their individual club handicap by timekeepers, Craig McGahey, Peter Wright, Lindsey Wiggins and Tim Magoffin. Many thanks to these volunteers who take care of race day registration, timing and collation of results for the weekly events for all club members.  Merchandiser, Jo Skinner, Race Day setup, Andrew Short, and Registrar, Paul Tilse are also to be congratulated on their weekly race day efforts which also includes a tremendous amount of behind the scenes work to ensure a smooth event. 

The Grove five kilometre runners enjoyed a spectacular outing with Darrin Pullen taking gold on handicap ahead of Carolyn Steginga, Janelle Tilse, Rachel Silvestri, Lindsey Wiggins, June Bradley, Andrew Short, Tam Wanstall, Ross Connor, Jo Hughes, Colin Hardy, Leanne Connor, Hayden Connor, Arthur Dick and Sandra Henderson.  

Ten kilometre runners who were quick to follow in the speedy steps of winner,  David, included Jo Ashgrove, Danielle Thompson, Charlie Bone, Sarah Jensen,  Andy List, Ainslie Heinke, Mark Takagaki, Scott McIntosh, Jo Skinner, Kylie Harbour, Judy Zahn, Matt Graves, Carol Brown, Stuart Sprott, Anna Walsh, Steve Oberg, Mitchell Thompson, Mark McFadzen, Jose Short, Karla Hook, Geoff Neale, Shane Barben and Jan Smith.

This weekend's Gold Coast Marathon event is a huge goal event for many local runners including first time marathoners, Charlie Bone, Sarah Jensen and Scott McIntosh. In other marathon news, local running grandmother, Mackay Road Runners, Brenda Windsor will have completed her first marathon on 25th June in Perth as part of the Bravehearts Charity 'seven marathons in seven days in seven states'....results not to hand at time of printing. Best wishes and congratulations to all runners on their amazing efforts.

Local racing this Sunday at 4pm will consist of a very social 5/10km from the Bluewater Quay in the City Centre. All Members and non-members very welcome!

Forsyth Accounting Queens Park 5/10km Club Championship

June 17 2018

Over fifty Mackay Road Runners enjoyed perfect running conditions for the running of the annual Forsyth Accounting Junior five kilometre and Open ten kilometre Club Championship races from the beautiful Queens Park precincts. Long term sponsor, Forsyth Accounting has been a generous and integral part of the event for several years, with Senior Partner, David Forsyth also taking part in the 5km event. David was a Member of the Club for several years and still competes in local racing when the opportunity arises. Forsyths Partner, Shawn Claydon has previously been a multiple winner of this event, but was unable to participate this year. Forsyth's staff were also keen to attend, but the more important social occasion of the Pioneer Valley Show just topped priority this year, although we understand this will be noted at their next performance reviews!

Local runner and United States athletics and academic scholarship student, Liam Mumford easily breezed over the ten kilometre course, taking the win from a high quality field. Carl Pinkstone claimed second and maximum Club Championship points ahead of fast finishing Leon Ryan and Andy List. Several male runners followed in quick succession before the first female, Ainslie Heinke scored gold in a sensational time ahead of Kylie Harbour and Jose Short. The cool but humid conditions guaranteed excellent times as was seen across the 5km and 10km races. Awesome performances also came from non-competitive father and daughter duo, Charlie Bone and Sarah Jensen who are in their final preparations for their first Marathon at the Gold Coast in two weeks.

First female in the 5km, Ashlee Scott made a welcome return to running after a serious injury, clocking a sizzling time despite the lack of training. Her second overall placing was excellent just behind the first elite male runner. Ross Connor continued his fine form, placing second for the boys ahead of a multitude of inform runners including Bill Morgan, Teegan Philpott, Lauren Betts, Andrew Short, Glynis Forse, Jo Hughes, Colin Hardy, Kim Saron, Leanne Connor and Sandra Henderson.

Best wishes to veteran Mackay Road Runners marathon runner, Koumala's Brenda Windsor who will be commencing seven marathons in seven days in seven states on 24th June in a bid to raise funds and awareness of the Bravehearts Foundation. Brenda has been avidly raising funds and training for the big event which she confirms as the biggest challenge of her running career. Brenda's first marathon will start in Perth, where she will join thirteen other runners who will be putting their bodies on the line for charity. In additional to the bounty of successful and talented local running talent, BMA Mackay Marina Run Race Director, Sandy Strong, scored a sensational win in his age category and fifth overall in the Mission Beach Half Marathon over the weekend.

Local racing continues this weekend at The Grove with the Mackay Road Runners coveted 10km Handicap Trophy on offer to the first male or female runner who crosses the finish line first based on their handicap start. Last year’s winner, junior running talent, Hunter McGovern will pass the baton on to the 2018 winner this Sunday afternoon at the post-race celebrations and presentation in The Grove lounge/dining area. Members are once again reminded to wear their timing chips and race numbers which will assist in efficient and speedy results collation and distribution. Runners are also reminded that registration for racing will close ten minutes prior to gun time. Those who have ordered club polos and singlets are requested to make payment by this Sunday directly to Jo Skinner so that she can now place an order.

Many thanks once again to race day sponsor, Forsyth Accounting, who donated cash prizes to ten lucky random draw recipients. The writer was ecstatic to be a lucky winner and extremely excited to take money off David and Shawn! A huge thankyou to race day volunteers, Craig McGahey, Peter Wright, Tim Caddy, Lindsey Wiggins, Jo Skinner, Jo Hughes, Andrew Short and Tim Magoffin.....their assistance as always is much appreciated and highly regarded.....THANK YOU!

Meng's Cross Country Rowallan Park 4.6km & 6.9km

June 10 2018

Approximately forty runners enjoyed the Meng's Cross Country Rowallan Park Trail Run in beautiful cool and sunny conditions. The technical race had runners encounter lots of twists and turns but all beautifully marked by Mackay Mountain Bike Club's Graham Robinson. Many thanks to Graham for ensuring an enjoyable event which included meandering rocky, grassy and hilly variations to keep runners focused throughout the entire event. Mackay Road Runners would like to thank The Scout Association and The Mountain Bike Club for their assistance and use of their excellent facilities, awesome vistas and generous support.

Mackay Road Runners Club President, Tim Magoffin thanked Members, their family and friends for supporting the previous weekend's most successful BMA Mackay Marina. Run. The tenth anniversary event was an unheralded success, with over three thousand three hundred runners across all events, including two thousand in the O'Hara Super Air Mart/Daikin 5km Corporate Challenge. The event was a winner for the local and wider Community and individuals, with a significant amount of funds raised towards the Event's Charity, The Leukaemia Foundation. In addition to the valuable volunteers, the Event's Sponsors were integral with their ongoing commitment to what is the largest regional running festival in Queensland.

Meanwhile back to local racing, Carl Pinkstone and Julian Picot were joint leaders throughout the 6.9km Rowallan Park trail run, with Carl claiming victory in the final loop. Carl was totally warmed up before the race, running from his South Mackay home to the start line. Off road bunyip enthusiast, Leon also warmed up with a gentle run from his Glenella home to the Rowallan Park, sprinted the course, then easily charged on home for breakfast. Andrew Short, Derek Woods, Mark McFadzen, Steve Oberg, Greame Harris, Peter Ellison, Matt Graves, Scott McIntosh, Mitchell Thompson, Peter Shuttlewood, David Isbister, Jamie Sanders and Craig Pinkstone also revelled in the perfect running conditions.

Jose Short thoroughly enjoyed being in nature after a late night of school work by tangenting off to see more of the unmarked course before crossing the finish line. Excellent running also came from Ainslie Heinke, Karla Hook, Jo Skinner, Lauren Dunne, Kylie Harbour, Jo Ashgrove and Carol Brown. Junior runner, Layla Sanders had an exceptional race over the two loop 4.9km course ahead of her more fancied rivals.

Runners are now looking forward to this weekend's Forsyth Accounting 5km Junior and 10km Senior Club Championship race from Queens Park. Members are expected to wear their race numbers and timing chips and be registered with the timekeepers 10/15 minutes prior to race gun time at 4pm. Casual runners are always invited to run with the club for a small day fee of $10. Runners are then invited to stay post-race for cash random draw prizes courtesy of long time generous supporter, Forsyth Accounting.

Many thanks to race day volunteers, Julie Whibley, Jo Skinner, Craig McGahey, Tim Caddy, Peter Wright, Andrew Short, Tim Magoffin, Arthur Dick and Graham Robinson.

North Harbour Beach Loop 5 & 11km

May 27 2018

Mackay Road Runners Club held their North Harbour Loop 5km & 11km run commencing from The Cathy Freeman Oval, Slade Point. Perfect running conditions were on offer albeit for the strong South Easterly winds and humidity which caused havoc with runners as they tracked south towards Pacific Esplanade, Lamberts Beach and beyond to the Harbour Beach North Wall. With approximately forty runners in the starters hands for a handicap start from 4pm Sunday afternoon, timekeepers, Peter Wright and Tim Magoffin did an excellent job getting competitors underway based on their individual handicap times.

Mackay Road Runners welcomed the return of elite athlete, Liam Mumford, who is home on holiday break from his USA University until August to compete in several Mackay Road Runners signature events including the BMA Mackay Marina Half Marathon and the Eungella King of the Mountain. Liam has been performing extremely well in the States, recently collecting a gold medal in the Virginia Half Marathon in one hour 19 minutes in minus one temperatures. Liam will be seeking a top three placing in the BMA Mackay Marina Run and is hoping for very cool conditions. Temperatures for this weekend's Marina Run have been forecasted for single figures, however, our coolest winter is not likely to mirror his current training conditions.

Life Member and record holder of the Mackay Road Runners' Eungella King of the Mountain and Magic Mile, Charlie Martel was on hand to collect his Member/race # 2 which is a coveted number in long standing member circles. Member numbers 1 # 2 were held by original Mackay Road Runners Members, Ian Phillips and Trevor Baldock respectively, who were integral in starting the Mackay Road Runners Club forty-two years ago. Ian, who still resides in Mackay has not run for several years and Trevor, who lives interstate, have always paid their Membership to the Club to retain their original race/club numbers however, this year have generously allowed their numbers to be reissued to the next two numbered Members. Life Member, Merv Shields is now the current stakeholder of the very special #1. Fred Farmer, who has passed away, retains #3 as a special gesture by the club. Life Member, Wendy Shields now moves to #4, Jan Smith #5, Life Member Paul Tilse #6, Life Member Janelle Tilse #7, Life Member Judy Zahn #8, Life Member Shawn Claydon #9 and BMA Mackay Marina Run's Sandy Strong rounds out the top 10.

Congratulations to two Mackay Road Runners, Carl Pinkstone (Mackay) and Gary Jenkinson (Moranbah) who successfully competed in the Adelaide Marathon this weekend. Carl's excellent time of 2 hrs 57 minutes was outstanding as was Gary's three hours 40 minutes. Carl & Gary claimed the conditions were a little cooler than Mackay & Moranbah, however, totally enjoyed the race course and atmosphere. Carl claimed a spectacular 17th overall and claiming 2nd in his 25-29 yrs age category. Gary finished 64th overall, and sensationally moved from 5th in his age category to take gold in the 60-64 years in the 42.2km event.....well done Gary and Carl, congratulations!

Meanwhile locally, The North Harbour Beach Loop was run and won in a blustery sunny Sunday afternoon. Leo Walz ran exceptionally well to take out the 5km on handicap with excellent performances also from Andrew Short, Mark Walz, Glynis Forse, Simba Walz, Arthur Dick, Paula Easton, Jenene McLellan, Cilla Martland and Ross Connor.

In the eleven kilometre race, runners endured the tough headwind along Pacific Esplanade as well as the sandy foreshore section from Lamberts Beach Tavern to the Harbour's North Wall. Charlie Martel performed well to place first on handicap in his return run with the Club followed by a bevy of excellent runners including Andy List, Liam Mumford, Matt Graves, Mitchell Thompson, Leon Ryan, Danelle Thompson, Mark Takagaki, Karla Hook, Jan Smith, Jose Short, Simon Henderson, Allan Zamparutti, Stuart Sprott, Greame Harris, Tim Caddy, David Isbister, Martin Lambert, Erin Safe, Ainslie Heinke, Kylie Harbour, Darrin Pullen, and Jo Ashford.

Runners are now tapering for this weekend's BMA Mackay Marina Run. Runners are requested to nominate in their chosen event online by Friday 1st June - mackaymarinarun.com Late nominations will be taken at the race bag collection at the Mackay Marina on Saturday 2nd June from 12pm to 5pm (please bring cash). Singlet/t-shirts are not guaranteed to be available and no nominations will be taken on race day. Volunteers for the event have given a massive amount of time throughout the year to ensure the success of the event with funds being raised for The Leukaemia Foundation....please thank them - be generous and kind to all runners, supporters and volunteers.

Pre-Mothers Day 5 & 12km

May 12 2018

Over forty Mackay Road Runners welcomed the early morning chill factor as they braced themselves for the 6.30am start of the much anticipated annual Pre-Mother's Day 5km & 12km last Saturday morning. The cool, breezy conditions were a little testing in the early stages, however, runners appreciated the perfect running conditions as the race progressed.

Club President, Tim Magoffin welcomed runners to celebrate the most important day of the year, Mother’s Day, with a handicap start 5km and 12km run from the Casu Jacks Cafe, Mackay Marina. Casu Jacks' Hostess, Pauline welcomed supporters to partake in a scrumptious brekky whilst waiting for their family and friends to finish their event. Runners then took advantage of the tasty menu to rehydrate and refuel just in time for the sensational Mother's Day random draw prizes donated by Mackay Road Runners.

Marathon running Grandmother, Brenda Windsor announced winners of her Bravehearts 777 fundraising raffle with prizes going to six very lucky recipients. Brenda will be running seven marathons (42.2km) in seven days in seven states at the end of June to raise funds for a BRAVEHEARTS. (BRAVEHEARTS is Australia's leading child protection organisation dedicated to holistically preventing child sexual assault.)

Meanwhile, runners were in the starter’s hands, Lindsey Wiggins and Paul Tilse, as they announced race start times based on their individual handicaps. Brianna Mouat had an excellent race, claiming victory in the 5km handicap event ahead of a very fast finishing Andrew Short and Mark Pashalis. Junior runner, Rachel Silvestri claimed fourth and second best time of the day over fastest 5km runner, Jared Spence. Ross Connor crossed the line under a minute later with Carolyn Steginga and Wayne McMurtrie less than twenty seconds in deficit. Layla Sanders claimed second junior female with open runners, Cilla Martland, Leanne Connor, Arthur Dick and Sandra Henderson rounding out the talented field.

Shane Barben's 2018 season has opened with a huge bang, scoring amazing placings in the handicap races thus far. The 12km Pre-Mothers’ Day race was no exception as he took gold and the wrath of the handicapper's pencil once again. Teresa Hackney is also in sensational form, claiming second on handicap ahead of talented veteran, Stuart Sprott. Ainslie Heinke continued her consistent form, breaking the tape in the third followed closely by Sarah Jensen, Mark Takagaki, Simon Henderson, Jade Hammer, Jo Skinner and Craig McGahey, who rounded out the top ten handicap places. Tim Magoffin showed an excellent return to form, just pipped at the post by McGahey, with Erin Safe, Kylie Harbour, Vicki Vickers, Alan Zamparutti, Kristian Safe,Judy Zahn, June Bradley, Lindsey Wiggins and Scott McIntosh all clocking handicap finishing times on seventy-five minutes. Ross Vickers had a mixed day out, with a race beating from his wife, Vicki, however, came out a winner, after scoring a random draw prize in the post-race celebrations. Excellent running also came from Karla Hook, Geoff Neale, Carol Brown, Carmel Mahon, Sandy Strong and Jan Smith.

Many thanks once again to race day volunteers, Andrew Short, Tim Magoffin, Lindsey Wiggins, Jo Skinner, and Paul Tilse. Great work by Lindsey to have results updated on the Club website so quickly, much appreciated!

Mackay Road Runners continued further celebrations in the afternoon when one of their Life Members, Shawn Claydon's family hosted his 50th Birthday Party. Shawn's running achievements were a major highlight of the event, with many of his running buddies in attendance, including fellow Mackay Road Runners Life Members, Charlie Martel, Judy Zahn, Paul and Janelle Tilse. Many thanks to Shawn's sister, Sharon and his lovely family and friends for a beautiful afternoon.

Most, but not all runners, are now looking forward to the next Club Championship race, the Alarm Guys Junior 5km and Senior 30km to be held our generous hosts Brendan, Julie, Millie and Hughie Bishop's, 39 Vassallo Drive, Glenella residence. The race commences 6am, the runners are required to be ready to race by the 5:50am briefing with their race chips and numbers attached to themselves and registered in with the timekeeper. Runners are also requested to bring some extra coin for post-race treats donations.

All the best to ultra-marathon runner, Tim Caddy, who will be competing in the North Face 100km this weekend in the NSW Blue Mountains.

North Queensland Games

May 6 2018

Mackay Road Runners had a very successful Mackay City Motors Auto Group North Queensland Games outing with many of its members taking home well-earned gold, silver and bronze bling. The Club hosted a 5km & 10km event from the spectacular surroundings of the Botanic Gardens Amphi-theatre precinct. The one loop five km course and two loop 10km course showcased the serene atmosphere of the Garden together with a boost of awesome tunes to uplift runners and supporters from Mackay's most famous DJ, the delightful Jungle Jim. With a bevy of sporting options on offer at the North Qld Games, Race Directors, Paul Tilse, Shawn Claydon, Ashlee Scott and Arthur Dick were very impressed with the attendance and even more so with the assistance of their many volunteers, which was well appreciated by local and interstate runners.

Approximately fifty runners burst out of the gates to initially tackle an uphill section towards the Amphi-theatre carpark before being directed by race marshal #1, Arthur Dick to head right onto Horse & Jockey Road towards the entrance of the Botanic Gardens. Race Marshall #2, Tam Wanstall, also happily directed athletes continue on the meandering track south towards the City Gates turnaround where race marshals, Judy Zahn, Stuart Sprott, Leanne Connor, Dale McIntosh and James McIntosh kindly supported runners in their bid to conquer their respective events. Runners also enjoyed the Botanic Gardens waterways road crossing signalling the final two hundred metres to the finish line, where they were met with a finish ticket by road running stalwart, Mark Pashalis.

The five kilometre overall winner, Will Morgan had an outstanding run, clocking seventeen minutes 39 seconds in the humid, but perfect running conditions. First female, Rachel Silvestri (19:23) ran brilliantly to place third overall and first in her age category. Townsville competitors Julia Anderson (40:10) and Ian Anderson (39:40) put on an awesome display of North Queensland running, each taking gold in the male and female 10km event. Competitors were delighted with their individual performances, including Lydia Dodds, Ashlee Scott, Jenny Smith, Sandra Henderson, Priscilla Martland, Tomas Heikkinen,Mark Rainsford, Ross Connor, Bill Morgan, Andrew Short, Mark Walz, Simba Walz, Sharyn-Maree Bunt, Fernanda DeLima, Kylie Harbour, Belinda Van Lint, Jo Ashford, Jeanette Elms, Carmel Mahon, Jade Hammer, Jason McCord, Joe Grech, Stephen Oberg, Mark Takagaki and Simon Henderson.

Local running legend and Mackay Road Runners Life Member, Shawn Claydon with Mackay Regional Council and NQ Games Chair, Kev Casey were on hand to congratulate runners on their achievements with gold, silver and bronze medals in all age categories. Thank you to Shawn and Kev for organising medals which added to the congenial awards presentations. Kev has been extremely busy over the last twelve months and especially in the final weeks, heading the NQ Games organising committee. As joint Medal Presenter, Shawn, whose outstanding running, personal achievements and dedication to the Club as Treasurer and Life Member, made for a very special treat for the organisers and runners alike.

Mackay Road Runners Club President, Tim Magoffin, congratulated Paul Tilse and his awesome team on staging a superb event which was well supported by the local running fraternity and its generous Club volunteers.

Meanwhile in out of town and overseas racing, many locals attended the very popular Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Marathon, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Teams event and junior races....results not to hand at time of printing.

Mt Bassett 5km & 11km

Apr 29 2018

In perfect running conditions, over sixty runners enjoyed the Mackay Road Runners Mt Bassett 5km & 11km events last Sunday afternoon from East Point Road at the far end of the New Mulherin Park, Mackay Harbour. Club President, Tim Magoffin, welcomed new and returning runners for the annual Mt Bassett event, which includes one ascent of Mt Bassett in the 5km and two for the 11km competitors. The fresh, breezy conditions were a welcome change, however, the humidity was still evident as runners noticeably warmed up quickly as their efforts increased throughout the testing course towards the finish line.

In the five kilometre event, junior runners, Rachel Silvestri, Will Morgan, Tahlia Campbell and Layla Sanders performed exceptionally well. Senior runners also revelling in the challenging event included Ashlee Scott, Mark Walz, Mark Pashalis, Ross Connor, Paul Arvidson, Cilla Martland, Arthur Dick, Leanne Connor, Sandra Henderson, Shane Coppin and Dannelle Thompson.

The 11km event took runners from a handicap start onto Harbour Road after the first Mt Bassett climb, towards the Big Banana turnaround via the new partially renovated Vines Creek Bridge and walkway. Harbour Road proved to be undeniably tough as the seemingly flat section included several slight undulations to contend with. Runners were within a kilometre of the finish line, when the second and last Mt Bassett ascent split the field as fatigue set in. Excellent performances came from the boys, Carl Pinkstone, Jared Spence, Andy List, George Hannaford, Scott McIntosh, Greame Harris, Mitchell Thompson, Sandy Strong, Martin Lambert, Shane Barben, Darrin Pullen, Steve Oberg, Ross Vickers, Peter Ellison, Peter Shuttlewood, Geoff Neale, Tim Magoffin, Stuart Sprott, Charlie Bone, Simon Henderson, Gaven Porter, Daniel Stampa and Mark Takagaki. The female field also stamped their authority with Kylie Harbour, Jose Short, Carmel Mahon, Karla Hook, Erin Safe, Jan Smith, Anna Berrigan, Lauren Berts, Teresa Hackney, Vicki Vickers, Molly Loosmore, Jo Skinner, Tegan Philpott, Jenny Smith, Stacey Tresise, Jenny Harmer, Di Clulee, Brenda Windsor and June Bradley clocking very respectable times.

Runners are now looking forward to a multitude of running choices this weekend with Mackay Road Runners hosting the Kia Motors North Queensland Games 5km & 10km at 7am Sunday from the Botanic Gardens Amphi-Theatre and the Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon, Marathon, Half Marathon Team event and kids races. The options are an awesome reflection on the spectacular running locations available which has increased the popularity of the sport within the locality of our great region. Many thanks to the organisers of both events, as a lot of work goes into staging these events.

Runners are encouraged to also nominate asap for the largest running festival in regional Queensland, the BMA Mackay Marina Run, to be held on Sunday, 3rd June from the beautiful Mackay Marina precincts. Distance options include the Half Marathon, 8km, 5km, 5km corporate challenge and the junior 3km. Go online today and support the event as an individual, team or volunteer in a spectacular event that supports the local branch of the Mackay Leukaemia Foundation, who is the major beneficiary.

Many thanks to Mt Bassett race day volunteers, Tim Magoffin, Andrew Short, Jo Skinner, Lindsey Wiggins, Peter Wright and Paul Tilse.

Farmers Long Gallop 5 & 17km

Apr 22 2018

Mackay Road Runners annual Farmers Long Gallop 5km & 17km was as usual, held at the residence of Life Member Agnes Farmer. Agnes's husband, Fred, who has since passed, continues the Long Gallop tradition from the early days when Fred raced the longer distances in spectacular form. The race is always held at this time of year, where the conditions start off a little cool but then warm up in the latter stages of both 5km and 17km races. The 6.30am start is perfect although still a little early for non-runner Agnes! Many thanks to Agnes for hosting the event once again and for supplying yummy post-race brekky...so much appreciated!

The handicap start 5km & 17km races had runners on lower handicaps starting earlier than their faster paced peers. This style of race ensures an early lead for runners who would not normally be in front if it was a scratch start and also allows the faster runners ample time to warm up before their start time, thereby offering an excellent opportunity to chase down the frontrunners.

Handicapped back markers, Carl Pinkstone, Paolo LaPenna, Scott McIntosh Craig McGahey, Jose Short, Carmel Mahon, Alana Knesevic, Ainslie Heinke and Kylie Harbour pitted themselves against each other in a bid to get to the finish line in their personal best times. Alana and Peter Ford were very supportive siblings......until the finish line.....where Peter got a rush of blood and surged marginally ahead of newly wed Alana to sneak home first. Alana and Peter are NOT competitive! Dad, Jim, fortunately, was very sensible and happy to complete the 17km at his own well-paced time...well done Jim!

The 5km race saw the return of junior running sensations, Tahlia Campbell and Will Mogan, who blitzed the field based on their individual handicapped starts. Congratulations to all 5km runners, including Ashlee Scott who made a welcome return to running after a serious ankle injury. Excellent performances came from Leanne Connor, Jo Hughes, Cilla Martland, Tam Wanstall, Ross Connor, Bill Morgan, Jenny Harmer, Carolyn Steginga, Andrew Short, Mark Pashalis, Marie Muscat and Arthur Dick.

Seventeen kilometre runners had a tough outing as the course included many serious undulations including the final stages of the race where the legs did NOT need the extra challenges of Norris Road and Malcomson Street. The humidity was extremely high, therefore runners were thankful for the awesome water aid station volunteers and Mackay Marina Run Race Directors, Sandy Strong and Tim Magoffin....where would we be without them! It was great to hear the runners voicing their gratitude to Tim & Sandy as they did not race so they could aid runners. Tim also put on his President hat as he got to the start much earlier for the race day setup, pre-race briefing and course description which everybody carefully listened....right?

Thanks also goes to the course setup guy, the magical Andrew Short....WHO does put out the road signs, waterstop gear, etc..... and then collects them afterwards......hmmmm? Andrew must have been a great Santa, Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy in his day....he's amazing, does it quietly and without fuss. Runners who may not have met Andrew need to show their appreciation to him and club volunteers who do so much work behind the scenes to get the weekly runs happening. Thankfully the 6.30am race wasn't any earlier, otherwise Andrew, Tim and Sandy would be out and about loitering at 2am! In addition to the above accolades, there were some excellent performances in the 17km including but not limited to Steve Oberg, Alan Zamparutti, Craig McGahey, Jo Skinner, Jan Smith, Stuart Sprott, Carol Brown, Brenda Windsor, Peter Ellison, Leanne Drury, Christine Smith, Jenny Smith, Di Clulee, David Isbister.

Registrar, Paul Tilse and timekeeper, Lindsey Wiggins also do ALOT of work behind the scenes getting race numbers, handicaps and results issued as quickly as they can. Should there be delays in results on the website, a problem may have occurred with the laptop and the time-consuming role of collating results ie late arrivals, individuals starting on incorrect handicap, no timing chips, etc...therefore please be patient and offer your assistance on race day as this will definitely help smooth the path for all officials. Congratulations Lindsey on a great 17km race yourself after getting everybody else underway. We must remember our volunteers ARE runners too.

Thank you to Jose Short and Jo Skinner for setting up the Club merchandise where runners can view and purchase a multitude of Mackay Road Runners items if they choose.

This Sunday's Mackay Road Runners event commences 4.30pm from the New Mulherin Park end of the Mackay Harbour (East Point Rd). Members, please note this will be a handicap start 5km and 11km race, therefore, all race numbers and timing chips must be worn.

Cape Hillsborough 10km Hurt Locker Social 

Apr 15 2018

Mackay Road Runners Race Director, Martin Lambert was ecstatic with the attendance at the Cape Hillsborough 10km Hurt Locker social run last Sunday, where over forty runners enjoyed the varying terrains of the Cape Hillsborough Beach and National Park hills and trails.

Approximately 40 runners tackled the very challenging hills, sand and rainforest, starting with the trail at the north end of the beach before proceeding along the beach to Wedge island (as the tide was out) onto the steep climb up to Turtle Lookout and then back to the car park area. A brave few then took on the usual Mackay Road Runners Club Championship course via the 4WD track and the scenic rainforest loop.

Martin's course description was perfectly in sync with the excellent environmentally conscious marking by Martin, Leon Ryan and Wayne McMurtrie. The organisers including race sweeper, Wayne McMurtrie were rapt with the attendance as well as the fact participants were acutely aware of their surroundings and fellow competitors thus ensuring no one got lost. This made for excellent comradery and a popular new addition to the Mackay Road Runners formal calendar. The run was initially introduced in the Summer off season series by Club Captain, Jim Ford, however with the increasing interest in trail running and the smiley satisfaction on the runners' faces, this event will surely be a staple event of the Club's regular formal program.

Many thanks to the local Queensland Parks & Wildlife team for their excellent work in maintaining the trails in such pristine condition which is very difficult in the current climate. Many thanks also to Mackay Road Runners Members who participated and took special care whilst utilising the beautiful facilities....we are very fortunate to have such an awesome landscape to enjoy.

The local and wider community are invited to participate in the North Queensland Games 5km & 10km run on Sunday 6th May hosted by the Mackay Road Runners Club, commencing from the Meadowlands Amphi-Theatre, Botanic Gardens, West Mackay. All those wishing to enter need to register on line by the 26th April at www.nqsports.com.au

Runners also have the option of participating as an individual or in a team at the 13th annual Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Marathon/Half Marathon and kids races on the same day. This event is becoming one of Australia's most iconic must do road/trail/hill running events in the most sensational location in the World.....register now!

Once the NQ Games and Stamford Hamilton Island Hilly Marathon events are run and won, time to gear up for the BMA Mackay Marina run which will follow four weeks later on the Sunday, 3rd June. Check out mackaymarinarun for race options. The BMA Mackay Marina Run is flat and fast and celebrating its 10th Birthday....register now and support your local branch of the Leukaemia Foundation!

Rural View 5 & 10km

Apr 8 2018

Approximately fifty Mackay Road Runners enjoyed the challenging Rural View 5 & 10km event commencing from McCready Street at 4.30pm last Sunday. The very blustery conditions and threatening rain handed out mixed conditions from humidity to late afternoon coolness and very brief light sprinkling rain. Club President, Tim Magoffin described the 5km undulating and meandering course which included a scenic circular loop of the magnificent heights of Rural View Drive, with ten kilometre competitors enjoying a repeat loop to complete their event. The handicap start events prove to be very popular with Club Members, where runners start their race based on their handicap time thus leaving the top back markers chasing down the rest of the field. The handicapper has a tough job allocating official handicaps to individuals, however, this is based on each runner's individual recent past performances which is adjusted and updated on a regular basis.

Ten kilometre winner based on handicap, Shane Barben had a sensational race, starting out strongly to finish easily ahead of his talented peers including second placed Erin Safe and Rodney Yates. The fastest 10km time went to one of this year's standout runners, Julian Picot closely followed by Carl Pinkstone. Carl had an outstanding 10km race after an awesome first place the same morning in one of North Queensland's Outer Limits Adventure Fitness Trail running series events. The 21km "Elliott's Revenge" in the Bowling Green Bay National Park, which is shadowed by Mount Elliott, has a great variety of trails, a challenging hill and some fast single trails following Alligator Creek. Carl's time of one hour forty-two minutes was two minutes clear of second in a field of ninety competitors including local trail runner, Tim Caddy who faced a few unexpected challenges throughout the race......well done Carl & Tim!

Meanwhile locally, the Rural View 10km female contingent raced extremely well, with a very close finish between Jose short and Julian Picot based on their handicap starts. Jose sprinted the final straight to edge out Julian, both clocking impressive times in the longer event. Carmel Mahon, Carolyn Steginga, Karla Hook, Jo Skinner, Stacey Tresise, Simon Henderson, Carol Brown, Judy Zahn and Sarah Jensen also placed well for the girls as did Martin Lambert, Alan Zamparutti, Sandy Strong, Mark McFadzen, Tim Magoffin, Paola LaPenna, Ryan Palazzi, Jason McCord, Wayne McMurtrie, Anthony Blines, Kristian Safe, Mark Takagaki, Brenda Windsor, Julie Whibley, Stuart Sprott and Charlie Bone for the boys. Thirteen year old Benji Binney was impressive in the 10km event, easily sprinting the two loop course to place highly among his older and more experienced competitors.

Five kilometre runners recorded great times despite the very hilly terrain and tough swirling breezes and headwinds. Rachel Silvestri once again posted an exceptional race as she easily took in the rolling countryside in her usual fast focused pace. Home on University break, Lauren Morgan made short work of her 5km race, proving she still has plenty of speed and stamina to burn. Simba Walz's set another sensational 5km time, showing improvement with every outing this year so far. Bill Morgan has also been in outstanding form this year as is Mark Pashalis, Daniel Stampa, Marie Muscat, Colin Hardy, Cilla Martland, Jo Ashgrove, Tam Wanstall, Paula Easton, Lauren Berts, Arthur Dick, Paul Tilse, Andrew Short, Jenny Smith and Mark Walz.

Many thanks to race day volunteers including Glynis Forse, Peter Wright, Daniel Stampa, Lindsey Wiggins, Andrew Short, Paul Tilse, Suzie Silvestri and Tim Magoffin.

This Sunday's social event will be a challenging 10km trail and sand run commencing at Cape Hillsborough Parklands/BBQ/camping area precincts at 4.30pm. All members and non-members most welcome to attend.

Runners are also reminded to visit the North Queensland Games website to register for our local 5km or 10km event on Sunday morning 6th May at the Botanic Gardens Meadowlands Amphi-Theatre - visit https://www.nqsports.com.au/2018-mackay-city-auto-group-nq-games/ to register in your event or for more information on North Queensland Games activities ie Opening Ceremony, event times and locations, etc...

The running of the 10th annual BMA Mackay Marina Run will be held on Sunday 3rd June - visit mackaymarinarun to register today for 3km (age restrictions), 5km Corporate Team, 5km, 8km and 21.1km.

Zambreros Burrito Bolt 5 & 10km

Apr 1 2018

Approximately fifty Mackay Road Runners were very fortunate when the sky cleared just in time for the annual Easter Sunday Zambrero Burrito 5 & 10km Bolt social events. After a bout of consistent rain all day and more chocolate than they cared to admit, runners were very excited to tackle the flat fast course, despite the post rain humidity. Club President, Tim Magoffin briefed the runners on the out and back course, reminding them of their own responsibility with road safety as they tracked their way towards the Bluewater Trail.

Zambrero's Manager, Peter Quinn, was once again an excellent host and supporter of the Mackay Road Runners annual Burrito Bolt, where his very congenial staff were great in attending to the Mackay Road Runners barrage as well as their regular clientele. Zambrero's awesome food and beverage menu, which was hard to resist, was enjoyed by the runners and their families which in turn supports Zambrero's ethical trading cause in beating the huge World hunger issue.

Mackay Road Runners welcomed many new and returning runners as well as this year's Relay for Life Ambassador, Mark Rainsford. Mark, who was previously involved with the Club through his children, has strongly fought through his cancer and subsequent treatments to bravely tackle the 5km event where he successfully conquered the awesome Bluewater Trail course.

Great to see the return of Russell VanDenBosch and Marie Musat, who performed extremely well in addition to regular runners including, Kim Saron, Jenene McLellan, Danelle Thompson, Jo Hughes, Carmel Mahon, Carolyn Steginga, Glynis Forse, Jo Ashford, Matt Graves, Mitchell Thompson, Jo Skinner, Tam Wanstall, Arthur Dick, Martin Lambert, Shane Barben, Derek Woods, Tim Magoffin, Cilla Martland, Jenny Smith, Stephen Oberg, Anthony Blines and Teresa Hackney.

This Sunday's 5/10km Rural View handicap start event commences McCready Street at 4.30pm sharp, therefore, all members must have their timing chip laced onto their shoe as well as their member number pinned to the front of their shirt. Runners are requested to park across the road at the Shopping Centre near the Northern Beaches Bowls Club so that local traffic can exit their properties without delay or angst. Elasticised waist straps used to display member numbers must be facing the front as they cross the line which ensures numbers are filmed for secondary supporting evidence alongside the electronic timing system. The timekeepers have a tough job ensuring results are recorded and collated online viewing, however, problems do occur, therefore, all runners must comply as instructed. All casual day runners are most welcome to run for $10 (seniors) or $5 (juniors), although those intending to join can do so for a minimal annual fee of $57 (seniors) or $24 (juniors 12yrs - 18yrs). Members are entitled to regular Club updates, handicap and club championship points and trophy eligibility at the annual Presentation Night in October. Runners are also reminded that race day registration will close ten minutes prior to gun time which allows our valuable volunteers some time to warm up for their own race.
The local and wider community are reminded that the 10th Anniversary BMA Mackay Marina Run registrations have been open since the 1st March, therefore, to secure your shirt/singlet size, don't miss out, go online now www.mackaymarinarun.com

Tim's Pub to Pub 5 & 16km Slade Point Club Championship

Mar 25 2018

Mackay Road Runners annual Tim's Pub to Pub Slade Point 5 & 16km Club Championship race was held in very damp, slippery conditions from the residence of generous hosts' Sandra & Tim. The 6am race started with a course briefing by the Club President, Tim Magoffin just before the sun rose amid the cloudy ocean backdrop. Sprinkling rain had a welcome cooling effect for approximately sixty runners as they contested the Junior 5km and the Senior 16km Club Championship race where valuable open and age category club championship and handicap points were on offer.

Will Morgan had an outstanding race, conquering the course in a very respectable time ahead of second male and Dad, Bill Morgan (Hope the East Bunny still comes to Will). First female, Rachel Silvestri was once again outstanding, easily sprinting the 5km course ahead of Layla Sanders, who had a great run, finding superb form early in the season. An excellent effort by Tim Magoffin who impressively multi tasked ie running and carrying a road sign (who said males can't do two things at once!) And then, put on his other hat to assist the Bacon & Egg Magoffin cooking team, Sandra Comben and Chris & Barry Comben....thankyou - just awesome! Ross Connor, Mark Pashalis, Peter Ellison, Jenny Harmer, Jo Ashford, Rod Yates, Leanne Connor, Paul Tilse, Cilla Martland and Arthur Dick also shared solid performances throughout the tough 5km course, which included one ascent of Lamberts Beach Lookout as well as many undulations towards the Seabreeze Tavern and return.

The sixteen kilometre runners also faced several challenges, including the never ending Slade Point Road containing steep cambered edges and the jungle like atmosphere of the wetlands trail parallel to Keeley's Road. The turnaround point on Andergrove Road, opposite The Grove Tavern brought up the first six kilometres, with runners then doubling back past the start to then do the final 4 km. The back end of the race proved to be part of the toughest with the more serious undulations of Ocean Avenue and Gannet Street towards the fartherest point at Seabreeze Tavern, leaving only 2km for the final return trip back to the start line. Timekeeper, Peter Wright was a welcome sight at the finish line as he impressively handled the registration and recording of all runners as they sped through the finishing shute.

Sixteen kilometre winner Julian Picot was once again outstanding in his performance over the challenging course, with training buddy, Carl Pinkstone, closing in fast in the final straight. Leon Ryan had an outstanding race, powering over the hills to take third ahead of Hunter McGovern and Mark McFadzen. First female Jose Short scorched over the 16km course, claiming gold ahead of Carmel Mahon, Teresa Hackney with Shelley Binney and Ainslie Heinke just outside the podium places. Excellent efforts by new runners over this distance included Carolyn Steginga, Anna Berrigan, Lauren Berts, Kylie Harbour and Layla McGrory. Charlie Bone, who was very grateful for the advice and assistance of Carmel Mahon's 20 seconds running/20 second walking, was ecstatic in conquering the challenging event. The support of Carmel is mirrored as typical of Mackay Road Runners support of each other, thank you Carmel and congratulations Charlie!

Other outstanding performances also came from former winner of the event, Judy Zahn, George Hannaford, Kristian Safe, Gavan Porter, Erin Safe, Emma Goodman-Jones, Tim Caddy, Luke Schatkowski, Lindsey Wiggins, Alan Zamparutti, Stuart Sprott, Karla Hook, June Bradley, Peter Ford, Lauren Dunne and Emily Wicks.

Many thanks to all the runners who donated funds towards the Leukaemia Foundation for the awesome Bacon & Egg Magoffin brekky, 'with food items generously supplied by Sandra & Tim and cooked by Barry and Chris Comben. All funds greatly appreciated by the Leukaemia Foundation who are the major beneficiaries of the BMA Mackay Marina Run held annually on the first weekend in June. The Leukaemia Foundation and The Mackay Road Runners' volunteers jointly host the BMA Mackay Marina Run ably assisted by an incredible committee of volunteers.

This weekend's 5/10km social run commences Easter Sunday at 4.30pm from the Zambrero's Restaurant, corner Gregory and Gordon Streets, City Centre. Many thanks to Host, Peter Quinn, his family and staff for their generous hospitality. All members and non members are welcome to enjoy a casual 5km or 10km run with like minded individuals....bring Mum, Dad and kids for support.....all invited.

Runners are also reminded that the North Queensland Games will be held in Mackay on the first weekend in May this year, with the Mackay Road Runners hosting a 5/10km run from the Botanic Gardens Amphitheatre, Alexandra Street.....registrations are now open, so go on line today!

5 & 13km KMart Loop

Mar 18 2018

Mackay Road Runners held its annual 5km & 13km Kmart Loop from the Gordon White Library precincts from 5pm in still very warm and humid conditions. Over sixty runners took on the challenging races which included several Mt Pleasant undulations throughout both courses. President, Tim Magoffin welcomed the keen athletes before describing the technical course which included the long undulating Malcomson Street stretch towards the Gooseponds and return for the 5km and a City loop for the 13k'ers, including the very testing High Street in the later stages.

Will Morgan was sensational in his 5km event, streeting the field in a superb time of eighteen minutes 52 seconds ahead of first female, classy, Rachel Silvestri (21:02). These times were particularly impressive due to the toughness of the course and heading directly into the glaring sun in the back half of the race. Second female, Ainslie Heinke (22:42) and third overall had a top class 5km race followed by talented veteran runners, Bill Morgan (23:30) and Ross Connor (23:41). Carolyn Steginga (24:15) easily cruised over the Malcomson Street hill ahead of fast finishing Mark Pashalis, Andrew Short, Bernadine McKinnon and Jenny Smith in the top ten. Tam Wanstall veered slightly off course to enjoy both sides of Malcomson Street whilst Cilla Martland, Sandy Marchetti, Paul Tilse, Leanne Connor, Jess Harris, Arthur Dick and Paula Easton were closing in fast for the final placings.

In the 13km event, Carl Pinkstone and Julian Picot ran shoulder to shoulder throughout the entire course, with less than one second separating them as Carl crossed the finish line marginally ahead of Julian. Carl and Julian clocked 51:49 ahead of Champion triathlete, Ryan Palazzi, Wayne McMurtrie, Andy List, George Hannaford, Craig McGahey and Leon Ryan. First female and ninth overall, Alana Ford was in great form breaking the hour by two seconds, followed by Ricky Parker, Scott McIntosh, Stephen Oberg and Jared Spence. Second female, Carmel Mahon surged well on the hills crossing the finish line one second ahead of Matt Graves with third female, Jose Short a further two minutes in deficit. Comeback kid, Peter Ford (1:05:58) was well pleased with his race, clocking exactly six minutes behind his sister, Alana, followed by Greame Harris, Lindsey Wiggins, Teresa Hackney and Tim Caddy. Martin Lambert performed exceptionally well after his recent marathon cycling event around the Apple Isle, stopping the clock in one hour eight minutes, forty-one seconds ahead of Judy Zahn, Kylie Harbour, Anthony Blines and Lauren Dunne. Husband and wife team, Ross and Vicky Vickers had a spectacular uphill sprint finish with Ross being the eventual victor, which he will no doubt be regretting throughout the week! Birthday boy, Simon Henderson, had a great day out for an old boy (hee hee) crossing the line behind talented peers, Alan Zamparutti, Jo Skinner and Julie Whibley. Tim Magoffin's return to form was impressive as he placed well with other runners, Peter Ellison, Sarah Jensen, Shane Barben, Layla McGrory, Stuart Sprott, Carol Brown, Charlie Bone and Jan Smith.

Many thanks to race day volunteers including Tim Magoffin, Andrew Short, Judy Zahn, Paul Tilse, Peter Wright and Lindsey Wiggins. Members are also reminded to wear timing chips and race numbers to every race so that the timekeepers can easily register runners and accurately record finish times. Social runs are not timed, however, it would benefit members to wear their numbers and timing chips to every event to ensure good habits. All runners are also to be very aware of their own hydration requirements whilst training and racing with the current ongoing humidity still a major risk.

This Sunday's Club 5km & 16km Pub to Pub Club Championship event commences 6am from the Magoffin residence, 16 Slade Point Road, Slade Point. Please note the course will still be the same as in previous years, however, the start has moved to just around the corner onto the Esplanade. Our generous hosts, the Magoffins will have the usual post-race brekky, where their famous sumptuous bacon and egg Magoffins will be available for a gold coin donation to the Leukaemia Foundation. This is the second Club Championship race on the 2018 program with vital handicap, open and age category points on offer.

Ocean International Quota Park 5 & 8km Canter

Mar 11 2018

Approximately eighty runners enjoyed the annual Mackay Road Runners Ocean International 5km & 8km Canter which was held in warm, humid conditions from the Quota Park precincts at 5.30pm. Runners revelled in the welcome cooling sea breezes as they forged their way along the east coast of Australia from Far Beach to Town beach and return. Club President, Tim Magoffin gave an informative course briefing as well as an update on recent and upcoming news within the Club.

Volunteer Timekeepers, Lindsey Wiggins and Tim Caddy together with race caller Tim Magoffin were awesome in efficiently setting runners underway based on their handicap. Runners find the Club's handicap starts a great concept differing from scratch start races. There is a lot of work allocating members' handicaps, clocking and processing finish times, many thanks to them for their excellent work. Once runners have registered in with the Timekeepers prior to the race, runners must then be very aware of their own individual handicap start time so that they can commence on their allocated handicap start. Thanks to Tim Magoffin for assisting runners by calling them to the start line, however, runners must also take on the responsibility of knowing their own handicap start time. Members are also reminded to always wear their timing chip and race number and be locked in with the timekeeper at least fifteen minutes prior to race start.

Highest handicap marker, Julian Picot had a great race, sprinting the entire course in his usual fashion, catching and passing approximately fifty runners to get to the finish line marginally behind a fast finishing Greame Harris. Meanwhile, the 8km Handicap winner was Erin Safe, who easily cruised over the flat course, with Shane Barben, Teresa Hackney, Stacey Tresise, Peter Ford, Joanne Ashford, Karlee Hayden, James Wortley, Glynis Forse and Ainslie Heinke following in quick succession. Kristian Safe had the company of his two children in the running pram, whilst running the entire 8km course and still finished in a very respectable time. New runners to the Club, Lauren Berts, Anna Berrigan, Lauren Dunne, Kylie Harbour, Brittany Suratman and Belinda Van Lint performed extremely well, competing to a very high standard with their more experienced peers ie Jose Short, Vicky Vickers, Carmel Mahon, Karla Hook, Jan Smith, Judy Zahn, Ashlee Scott, Carolyn Steginga, Brenda Windsor and Julie Whibley. Their male counterparts also had a great outing in the testing conditions including Leon Ryan, Luke Schatkowski, Carl Pinkstone, Scott McIntosh, Daniel Stampa, Jared Spence, Josh Eisemann, Peter Ellison, Anthony Blines, Charlie Bone, Simon Henderson, Darrin Pullen, Steve Oberg, Stuart Sprott and Tim Magoffin.

Junior runners, Rachel Silvestri, Layla Sanders, Will Morgan, Simba Walz, Leo Walz and Jess Harris were sensational in their 5km event conquering the winding pathways in their usual speedy pace. Shane Coppin claimed victory in the 5km based on his handicap start/finish, followed by Mark Pashalis, Mark Walz, Di Clulee, Jenny Smith, Simba Walz, Andrew Short, Bill Morgan, Jo Hughes and Will Morgan who rounded out the top ten handicap finishers. Excellent improvement performances came from Tam Wanstall, Arthur Dick, Paula Easton, Leanne Connor, Paul Tilse, Sandra Henderson, Ross Connor, Bernadine McKinnon, Jenny Harmer and Cilla Martland.

Congratulations to local runner, Victoria Beck who scored an amazing second placed female (1st in her age category) in the New South Wales Blue Mountains Six Foot Track 45km race (Katoomba to Jenolan Caves). Victoria was spectacular in the very tough and challenging event, finishing only minutes behind the first placed female and 33rd overall out of 882 runners.

Mackay Road Runners Publicity Officer, Janelle Tilse will be involved as a runner in next week's Queens Baton Relay on Tuesday 20th March, where she will be running her relay section on Malcomson Street, North Mackay at 3pm. Many thanks to Skye Rettke for nominating Janelle.....she is so looking forward to the unique occasion.

This Sunday's Mackay Road Runners K-Mart Loop 5km & 13km event commences 5pm from the Gordon White Library carpark. This race will be a scratch start, however, runners still need to adhere to the registration check in times and regular rules around arrival times, etc.
Many thanks to race day volunteers, Andrew Short, Tim Magoffin, Lindsey Wiggins, Tim Caddy and Paul Tilse....great job, week in week out!

Queens Park 5km Club Championship

Mar 4 2018

The first Club Championship race on the 2018 Mackay Road Runners Calendar was a very successful event, with over eighty runners competing for open and age category club championship points. Club President, Tim Magoffin, welcomed many new and existing runners to the Club's events which are always a friendly and enjoyable affair. He also impressed on all runners that they must arrive at least half an hour prior to racing so that race day volunteers including timekeepers and registrar can close off in readiness for the race to commence on the advertised time. It is also crucial for volunteers to be considered at all times...they are an integral part of the club and also like to prepare for their event. Members must always wear their timing chip and race numbers so that they are readily identified for efficient collation of results as well as health and safety requirements. It is of utmost importance that runners listen carefully to the pre-race briefing which includes relevant club information, course briefing and safety advices.

Talented Julian Picot ran a sensational race in the testing conditions which included high humidity and threatening rain prior and throughout the 5km race. Julian's time of 16 minutes 36 seconds was a solid win over fast finishing Carl Pinkstone and very talented junior runner, Will Morgan. Will missed his goal time of under eighteen minutes by three seconds, however, his exceptional form so early in the season promises improvement with each run ie he'll be breaking the eighteen minute barrier in no time.

In the female category, junior Rachel Silvestri also ran a great race, taking maximum club championship points by sprinting to the finish line in nineteen minutes fourteen seconds with a bevy of top class runners, including Irish compatriot, Shane Ward. Year twelve student Rachel is set for a big year which includes her final academic studies and her many athletic interests. Second placed, Ashlee Scott (20:40) also continued her fine form, easily completing the 5km event ahead of tenacious sprint queen, Alana Ford.

With over eighty runners in the quality field, there were so many outstanding performances including but not limited to Ryan Palazzi, Lindsey Wiggins, Mark McFadzen, Tim Caddy, Simba Walz, Jarrod Spence, Greame Harris, Scott McIntosh, Matt Graves, Wayne McMurtrie, Ainslie Heinke, Carolyn Steginga, Carmel Mahon, June Bradley, Jose Short, Brittany Suratman, Kylie Harbour, Jo Ashford, Karlee Hayden, Tammy Wanstall, Jo Skinner, Mark Pashalis, Judy Zahn, Jenny Smith, Bernadine McKinnon, Brenda Windsor, David Isbister, Cilla Martland, Tim Magoffin, Mark Takagaki, Andrew Short, and Stuart Sprott.

Results for the Queens Park 5Club Championship will available on the website once processed and confirmed mackayroadrunners.com

Congratulations and thank you to all the volunteers and runners who attended the BMA Mackay Marina Run 5km Twilight Run Launch last Friday evening in the City Centre. With over five hundred runners, the Leukaemia Foundation estimates raising over $4,000 for their very worthy charity.....thank you to the ever supportive local community. Nominations are now open to register for the 10th anniversary of the iconic event on 3rd June - mackaymarinarun.com

Meanwhile, this Sunday's Mackay Road Runners handicap start 5km & 8km event commences at 5pm from the Ocean International park precincts, beach end of Bridge Road....all welcome !

Martel Marina 5 & 10km Social Sprint

Feb 25 2018

Meanwhile, the Martel Marina Sprint 5 & 10km event named after one of the Mackay Road Runners Club's legendary runners and Life Member, Charlie Martel, was an enjoyable social run where runners could choose an option to suit their current ability and fitness level. Many thanks to Andrew Short, Peter Wright and Paul Tilse for assisting in setting up and race day voluntary duties that is so much an integral part of the Mackay Road Runners weekly events.....so much appreciated!

Julian Picot easily completed the 10km event after notching up another easy 20km training run on the same morning. Julian lead a quality field of runners including Carl Pinkstone, George Hannaford, Hunter McGovern, Ashlee Scott, Ricky Parker, Kylie Harbour, Tim Caddy, Simba Walz, Scott McIntosh and Calvin Franklin. Despite rain free conditions throughout the event, the Breakwater course held several slippery and technical areas where runners had to be mindful of many obstacles whilst the Breakwater wall is being repaired. Runners were very aware of this and held excellent regard for their fellow runners and general public users in the same vicinity.

Congratulations to new runners of all abilities being involved and enjoying their fitness activities with like-minded individuals whilst pursuing their own goals. Excellent performances came from Veteran talents Stuart Sprott, Ricky Parker, Judy Zahn, Cilla Martland, Jan Smith and Carol Brown as well as their younger competitors, Mark Pashalis, Alan Zamparutti, Mark Walz, Karla Hook, Carmel Mahon, Carolyn Steginga, Craig McGahey, Jo Skinner, Jo Ashgrove, Sarah Jensen, Charlie Bone, Peter Ellison, Peter Ford, Jose Short, Ross Connor, Andrew Short, Shane Barben, Simon Henderson, Belinda Van Lint and Ainslie Heinke.

Runners are now looking forward to this weekend's social 5km BMA Mackay Marina Twilight 5km run/walk as well as the first Club Championship race of the year, the annual iconic Queens Park 5km. Runners who wish to be included in handicap and club championship points need to register online to become a Member on or before the 28th February. Members will then be issued with their own individual timing chip and race number which must be worn at every handicap points/scratch start/club championship race to register your time with the timekeepers. Runners must also register on race day at least fifteen minutes before race start with the Registrar and the timekeeper. All volunteers need to pack up ten minutes prior to the race so that they can also participate in the event...consideration of this must be adhered to all times. Runners and volunteers are welcome to stay after the 5km Club Championship race for lucky random draw prizes donated by the Mackay Road Runners Club.

Members are also reminded that the Club holds monthly committee meetings to which all are warmly invited. They are held on the second Monday of each month at 5.30pm at the Techserve office in Tennyson Street, Mackay. All comments are duly noted and up for consideration by the meeting. The Club welcomes input for discussion and will be passed by obligatory majority of votes. Please contact the Committee if you would like to pass on comments if unable to attend. The Club also welcomes two new Secretaries, Julian Picot and Ashlee Scott to assist in the vital running of the Club....thank you to Julian and Ashlee as well as the 2018 incoming Committee of Tim Magoffin, Shawn Claydon, Paul Tilse, Andrew Short, Jose Short and Janelle Tilse. Thank you also for the return of regular volunteers who are but not limited to Tim Caddy, Lindsey Wiggins, Brendan Bishop, Judy Zahn, Peter Wright, Sandra Henderson, Jim Ford, Alana Ford and Derek Woods. All current and any new volunteers gratefully accepted.

Tilse Toddle 5 & 10km

Feb 18 2018

Over seventy runners converged on the usually quiet Sunday afternoon West Mackay streets for the annual Mackay Road Runners Tilse Toddle 5 & 10km event which was the second race on the official 2018 program. The oppressive weather did not deter runners, however, participants took into account the steamy humidity and sensibly adjusted their running capabilities to suit the conditions.

Club President, Tim Magoffin and Race Hosts, Paul & Janelle Tilse welcomed the spectacularly keen crowd before advising the latest Club news, notices, important upcoming events and course briefing. The course, which took runners South along the awesome City trails towards Archibald Street, consisted of two loops for the 10km and one for the 5km.

Julian Picot had an outstanding 10km run considering his very successful international race in a personal best time at the previous weekend's 42.2km Marathon in Iwaki, Japan. Second placed Jared Spence was a further six minutes in deficit with Andy List less than one minute later for third. First female and eleventh overall, Carmel Mahon clocked forty-eight minutes 29 seconds ahead of second female and twelfth over, Jose Short (49:39). Jo Skinner also showed blistering pace to collect third place ahead of fast finishing Karla Hook, Vicki Vickers, Kylie Harbour, Judy Zahn, Ainslie Heinke, Lauren Dunne and Anna Walsh rounding out the top ten female finishers. Excellent 10km performances also came from Greame Harris, Leon Ryan, Craig McGahey, Matt Graves, Lindsey Wiggins, Ricky Parker, Tim Caddy, Scott McIntosh, Ross Vickers, Mark Walz, Stuart Sprott, Martin Lambert and Mark Takagaki. Congratulations to Scott and Dale McIntosh on the arrival of their beautiful new baby boy, James.

The five kilometre event was a hotly contested affair with Will Morgan literally scorching over the course in eighteen minutes 36 seconds ahead of first female Ashlee Scott (21:16) and Paul Arvidson (22:25) with Shelley Binney charging home only four seconds later. Peter Ford (23:36) had a great run followed in quick succession by Carolyn Steginga (23:45), Mark Pashalis (23:49) and Bianca Miles (24:11). Josh Eisemann made a welcome and long awaited return to the Mackay Road Running scene after a well-earned break from his Las Vegas Marathon last November. Josh's injury woes held him back significantly in the 33,000 plus competitors in Vegas, however, Josh was not deterred, still completing the 42.2km and having a great time before, during and afterwards. Great running in the 5km also came from Layla Sanders, Jo Hughes, Kim Saron, Cilla Martland, Joanne Ashford, Jenny Smith, Geoff Neale, Bernadine McKinnon, June Bradley, Andrew Short, Daniel Stampa, Belinda Van Lint, Sandy Marchetti, Finn Zamparutti, Simba Walz, Darrin Pullen, Rodney Yates and Julie Whibley.

Many thanks to the awesome race day volunteers - very efficient timekeepers with results published within a few hours on the website (Brendan Bishop and Peter Wight), water station attendants (Ross Connor & Leanne Connor's awesome coconut crumble sweets), course and race setup (Andrew Short & Tim Magoffin) and registrar (Paul Tilse). Please thank them and all Club volunteers as there would not be a club or events without them. Runners were also treated to post race treats, generously supplied by Jo Hughes, Leanne Connor, Sandy Marchetti and Paul Tilse. Thank you also to the understanding residents of Johnson Street for the couple of hours of minor traffic disruption.

This Sunday's Martel Marina Sprint 5/10km event will commence from the Mackay Harbour's Old Mulherin Park precincts starting at 5.30pm. The course will be a two loop course, taking runners onto the Breakwater and return. Members are to ensure they wear their race number and timing chip and also arrive at least 15/20 minutes prior to gun time. This will allow you to register with the timekeepers, warmup for your event and listen to the course description from the Race Director. This also allows the volunteers to warm up prior to their event. The Club also asks you to consider what you can do for your Club, all assistance greatly appreciated. Visit mackayroadrunners.com for upcoming events including the BMA Mackay Marina Run Launch 5km run, Friday 6pm from the City Cinema carpark, Gordon Street.....all proceeds to go to the BMA Mackay Marina Run's charity - The Leukaemia Foundation. The general public, Club Members, their family and friends are invited to participate by walking or running this event and attending any of the club's events.

Lighthouse Marina Warmup 5km

Feb 11 2018

Mackay Road Runners Club had an exciting Sunday last week starting with the Mackay Regional Council's Sport Expo and Sign-On at the MECC from 9am to 1pm before hosting its first calendar run for 2018 at 5.30pm at the Old Mulherin Park, Mackay Harbour. With a very successful and busy morning at the Expo, Club President, Tim Magoffin was ecstatic with the response from interested persons at the expo followed up with over sixty runners at the social Lighthouse Warmup 5km at 5.30pm. Many thanks to the volunteers who assisted at the Expo as well as at the club event later that day.

The conditions in the beautiful Mackay Harbour Marina precincts, although very warm as predicted by the Weather Forecasters, were perfect for running. The 5km course which took runners onto the very scenic Breakwater, was a great start for the long and varied Club running season. Tim Magoffin welcomed the many new and existing runners before briefing them on the course description and thanking the off season social Summer Season Race Directors, Jim Ford, Alana Ford and Andrew Short. Runners enjoyed the flat course which also included some testing sections along the Breakwater's partially blocked road and rocky wall which blocked the much needed cooling sea breezes. However, despite the warm, humid weather, excellent performances came from all runners including Lauren Morgan, Judy Zahn, Carl Pinkstone, Ricky Parker, Bill Morgan, Jarrod Spence, Arthur Dick, Bernadine McKinnon, Sandy Marchetti, Kim Saron, Andrew Short, Alana Ford, Carolyn Steginga, Leon Ryan, Mark McFadzen, Andrew Wallace, Alan Zamparutti, Mark Walz, Andrew Kelly, Will Morgan, Simba Walz, Carol Brown, Brenda Windsor and Cilla Martland.

In international running, local Julian Picot excelled in Tokyo's Iwaki Sunshine Marathon, clocking an impressive personal best time of 2 hours 42 minutes. The conditions were marginally cooler in Japan than our 36 degrees, with Julian enduring a chilly 8 degrees throughout the 42km course. Congratulations to Julian on a fine performance, well done! Another club member to excel in his running was Calvin Franklin who has been competing in the Australian Junior Triathlon Series. With recent success in Adelaide and with another competition coming up in Perth, Calvin is in top class form to once again perform to a very high standard...good luck Calvin!

Mackay Road Runners next club event, The Tilse Toddle, will be held this Sunday at 5.30pm from 24 Johnson Street, West Mackay. The hosts welcome new and existing runners to a very social 5/10km run from 5.30pm with post run refreshments available. Even though this is a social event, runners are reminded to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to gun time, thus allowing for registration, course briefing and notices, etc. Runners are also reminded to join up online asap so that once the handicap runs commence, they will earn handicap and club championship points at specific events throughout the year as noted on the Program. Runners must wear their numbers and timing chips so that they are officially recorded on the results, otherwise, they will not have their times noted at all.

Mackay Road Runners invite all new and interested persons, current members, their families and friends to attend any or all of their events.

The Grove Hi5 6km & 12km

Feb 5 2018

Mackay Road Runners Club Captain and Race Director, Jim Ford was ecstatic at the attendance of the Grand Finale of the Mackay Road Runners Summer Series social group training sessions. Many thanks to his lovely assistants, Alana Ford and Andrew Short, who have been collaborating with Jim to ensure there is an interestingly unique run concept on offer every Sunday afternoon. Runners benefited tremendously from their organisational skills with the off season weekly event which catered for varying abilities with shorter and longer distance options.

The Grove Wetlands Double Pump event was also a popularity contest to see who could get the most High Fives throughout the run.....of course, there was no competition as Jim Ford, being the most competitive (after Alana & Peter Ford) took out the coveted prize. Runners also had the pleasure of post-race drinks inside The Grove as well as end of series random draw prizes.

Runners are now looking forward to the new formal 2018 Calendar of events starting with a social 5km at 5.30pm this Sunday at the Mackay Harbour boat ramp/Old Mulherin Park precincts. All new and existing Members are warmly invited to come and try running with the local group that has had their running fix since '76. The Calendar also includes Signature events such at the BMA Mackay Marina Run, Eungella King of the Mountain, The Magic Mile, 10km Club Championship, Cape Hillsborough Cross Country Club Championship plus many more.

Mackay Road Runners also welcomes new and existing runners to meet them at this Sunday's Mackay Regional Council Sports Sign-on and Sporting Expo at the MECC from 9am to 1pm which showcases the many activities you can be involved in the region including the Mackay Road Runners Club. For those who would love to assist voluntarily with the Club, but not interested in running, you are most welcome to be included within the Club's very supportive ranks. Members who are keen to join already, please visit mackayroadrunners.com Members who join before the end of February are automatically enrolled into Mackay Road Runners database where you will receive regular updates on local and out of town runs, as well as various Club information.

Congratulations to local runner, Julian Picot who will be departing the warm humidity of North Queensland to fly to Japan this weekend to compete in the Iwaki Sunshine Marathon. Julian has been sponsored by the Townsville Running Club after a very successful first local win in the Marathon at their running festival in August last year. Julian's preparation has been mostly fine with a great taper week in the pouring rain, although the Japanese conditions will definitely be a test being way cooler than in Mackay.

Harbour North Wall Three Peaks Challenge 5/10km

Jan 28 2018

Late last Sunday afternoon, over forty Mackay Road Runners enjoyed the challenge of the Harbour North Wall Three Peaks challenge, with distance options from 5km to 9.5km in perfectly breezy humid conditions. Club Captain, Jim Ford tested his charges in one of the final social off season training sessions prior to the first formal run on the 2018 Mackay Road Runners calendar. Jim, who's running experience is boundless, is an awesome coach and organiser of the off season events as well as a major contributor throughout the official Club season. Alana Ford, who has also been an integral part of the Club being it's 2017 Secretary, has also been an excellent motivator and energetic assistant to Jim throughout the Sunday afternoon events as well as the weekly social 6pm Wednesday runs from the Bluewater Quay. Alana has just stepped down from the Secretaryship to focus on a new role within the Club, which will assist new and inexperienced runners, thus offering additional inclusive benefits to the Club's events. Jim & Alana, who are excellent athletes themselves, will be seen out and about supporting their favourite club as they have been since arriving in Mackay over ten years ago. Other family members, Peter, Alex and Anthea have also been enormous supporters of the Mackay Road Runners Club.

The Harbour North Wall Three Peaks Challenge was a testing affair with ascents of hills at the Seabreeze Hotel, Lamberts Beach Lookout and Albatross Street, Slade Point. Runners utilised varying terrains including the North Wall beach foreshore, sand dunes, Lamberts Beach/Slade Point Reserve trails and bitumen roads. Many thanks for weekly assistance to Jim & Alana via Andrew Short, who quickly jumps into action when required....much appreciated. Runners were also treated to a grand finale to the event with a sensational refreshing dip in the ocean post run and prior to the usual recovery of fruit and lollies. This also caused Jim a slight conundrum where he was unable to announce the team winners due to the runners preferring to frolic in the ocean... although all agreed.....no prize required....everyone's a winner!

With the final run of the off season Summer Series this Sunday at 5.30pm from the Grove Tavern, Andergrove, runners and their families are invited to stay post run for the usual refreshments and/or refreshments for purchase inside the Tavern to celebrate the very successful social series. Runners can also look forward to random draw prizes as well as the usual congenial heckling and comradery within their ranks.....all welcome!

Mackay Road Runners held their Annual General Meeting last week where the official 2018 program was passed for approval as well as Committee positions vacated and filled. However, the Club is still looking for volunteers to fill or assist some very important roles so that they can continue to be one of the most successful and popular Clubs in the region. The 2018 program has now been updated on the Mackay Road Runners website - take the time to visit mackayroadrunners.com so you can plan your 2018 running year. The Club will also be calling for members, their family or friends to volunteer at least once throughout the year, mainly to assist current race day volunteers ie timekeepers, waterstop attendants, marshals, etc. With a current membership base of over 150, if members can give a small amount of their time, it would be much appreciated. Hence the load will be alleviated on the members who volunteer each and every week, thus allowing everyone to gain an insight into what is involved in staging a weekly event. Everyone loves to run, therefore, all voluntary assistance would be a valuable asset to all Club members.

Mackay Road Runners and the local community are reminded of the Mackay Regional Council's Sports Expo and Sign on day on the 11th February from 9am to 1pm at the MECC. Mackay Road Runners will, as usual, be in attendance to answer any queries for new and existing Members. The Club will also conduct its first official calendar event in the afternoon on the same day, commencing 5.30pm at the Mackay Harbour Boat ramp carpark precincts.....all welcome!

Magpies Social Run 

Jan 21 2018

With the Mackay Road Runners Summer social running program drawing to a close, Club Captain/Race Director, Jim Ford once again hosted a unique event from the Magpies Sporting Complex. The 6km & 12km run had participants opting to tackle whatever distance they chose, in addition to estimating the actual exact distance of their chosen course, with the winners taking the usual coveted prizes and bragging rights for closest estimate.

Over forty runners eagerly accepted the timed challenge, including the very welcome addition of many new and returning runners to the 2018 Mackay Road Runing scene. Jim welcomed all runners whilst he explained the short and long courses as well as the challenge concept. Excellent performances came from Rachel Silvestri, Ashlee Scott, Simon Henderson, Mark Walz, Carol Brown, Brenda Windsor, Sandra Henderson, Tim Caddy, Ross Connor, Jenene McLellan, Mitch Thompson, Alan Zamparutti, Steve Oberg, Charlie Martel, Craig McGahey, Leon Ryan,Darrin Pullen, Andrew Short, Jo Skinner, Peter Ellison, June Bradley Jose Short, Carmel Mahon, Paula Easton and Karla Hook.

Mackay Road Runners also welcomed the North Mackay Saints AFL girls team at the midweek social 5km at the Bluewater Quay. The girls have been very committed over the last several weeks to their pre-season training in a bid to better their 2017 season Grand Final performance...go The Saints!

The Mackay Road Runners Summer program continues for two more weeks, with this Sunday's run commencing at The Mackay Harbour North Wall carpark at the usual time of 5.30pm. As this is an informal, social group training session, only a gold coin cost for participants is requested which goes towards post run refreshment, prizes, etc..... All welcome to attend, no need to be a Club Member, bring your friends and family for a great hour of running and social banter.
The AGM was held earlier this week, with the formalities of the 2018 official committee members and running program still to be announced....watch this space or visit mackayroadrunners.com

Railway Social Run 

Jan 14 2018

Mackay Road Runners' Club Captain Jim Ford once again staged a unique course concept for over thirty runners from the Railway carpark, Paget. The Planet Paget 8km course was designed for teams to take in several streets of the Paget Commercial precinct endeavouring to locate markers in designated areas in each street. Teams had the challenge of running the 8km course but also keep their eyes peeled to mentally record the ten hotspots in the correct order to win the coveted prize.

Four teams were victorious in getting the order correct, however the fastest team consisting of Ashlee Scott, Carl Pinkstone, Jose Short and Glynis Forse were the ultimate champions. Excellent performances also came from Alana Ford, Queensland cricket champion, Adam Knesevic, Julian Picot, Emma Goodman-Jones, Carmel Mahon, Tim Caddy, Andrew Wallace, Stephen Oberg, Peter Ford, Jo Skinner, June Bradley, Mark Takagaki, Alan Zamparutti, Jenene McLellan, Andrew Short, Arthur Dick and Simon Henderson.

Many thanks once again to Jim and Alana for organising the Sunday afternoon social off season group training sessions and post run refreshments. The runners really appreciate the non-competitive, team oriented and course option concepts that are suitable for varying abilities. With only three more of these events prior to the formal Mackay Road Runners 2018 program commencing, the Club invites the public and club members to attend any of these training sessions for a gold coin donation towards post-race fruit, etc. This Sunday's 6/12km event commences 5.30pm from Magpies Sporting Complex carpark, Glenella.

Current and intending Members are reminded that the Mackay Road Runners Annual General and Calendar Meeting will be held Monday, 22nd January 5.30pm at the Techserve office building, Tennyson Street, Mackay. All committee and other positions are open for re-election therefore, current position holders will stand down, awaiting nominee submissions. Whilst some of the members are happy to resit, all positions are open and welcome for new nominees. There will definitely be two positions where the sitting members have stepped down, therefore the very important roles will need to be filled. If you would like to help in any way but unable to attend the Meeting, please email roadrunnersmackay@gmail.com . To ensure the continued success of the Club, we ask that you all consider what you can do for your club, big or small - all assistance is gratefully accepted!

First Run 2018 

Jan 7 2018

Mackay Road Runners first social off season Sunday event for 2018 was very well attended by approximately forty dedicated runners. The casual group training session commenced from the Harbour boat ramp carpark precinct at 5.30pm under the expert guidance of Club Captain and Race Director, Jim Ford. Jim's course had runners leave the Harbour parklands toward the testing Mt Bassett incline via a one kilometre warmup run. All runners regrouped at the base of Mt Bassett prior to challenging themselves to multiple loops of the testing Mt Bassett ascent. Jim, as usual, integrated options for various abilities and fitness levels as well as a relay loop and a grand finale surprise staggered loop, all this before posing for a 2018 Calendar photoshoot. Thankfully the south-easterly breezes made for more enjoyable running as opposed to the previous week's northerly winds which caused treacherously dangerous humidity levels. All runners enjoyed the course concept as always with Jim's unique spin on making each outing an enjoyable and social one. Jim's interesting, well thought out courses throughout the off season always get great support from the participants, even though some softies comment "I do not wanna play anymore"....but they always do....!

Well done to Julian Picot who has returned to the Mackay running scene after a short stint in Townsville where he graduated from his medical studies - congratulations Dr Julian Picot! As well as successfully completing his studies, Julian also showed a very clean pair of heels throughout the Mt Bassett 10km event, where he pitted himself against local champion and USA student, Liam Mumford. Liam will be returning to Virginia's snowy/icy conditions this week to complete his third year of his academic and athletic university scholarship, although we may see him return mid 2018 for his local pet events, the M-Test Eungella King of the Mountain and the BMA Mackay Marina Run.

Meanwhile, at the Mt Bassett event, there were some outstanding performances from many runners including friendly heckling from not so competitive family members ie siblings Peter and Alana Ford and Dad and daughter, Charlie Bone and Sarah Jensen. It was great to see every team relay member supporting each - those were but not limited to:- Jose short, Maddy Price, Ashlee Scott, Bill Morgan, Ross Connor, Mark Pashalis, Colin Hardy, Carmel Mahon, Steve Oberg, Jo Hughes, Brenda Windsor, Carol Brown, Tim Caddy, Leon Ryan, Derek Woods, Noel Barnett, Jo Skinner, June Bradley, Peter Ellison, Matt Graves, Jo Skinner, Mark Takagaki, Mitchell Thompson and Arthur Dick.

This Sunday’s social off season event will commence at 5.30pm from the Railway Station car park, Paget. The 9km team challenge will be a definite mental and physical test, therefore an afternoon Nana nap is recommended. Runners are also reminded to ensure they keep hydrated at all times and to bring their own fluids/snacks if required throughout the run. Jim's lovely assistant, Alana, does an awesome job bringing post run refreshments, however, runners are to be mindful of their own replenishment needs as well. Many thanks to Jim and Alana for their time in organising the Sunday events....so much appreciated.