Run Reports 2017

Queens Park 3km Club Championship

Sep 24 2017

Mackay Road Runners final Club Championship race of the year was held last Sunday afternoon at 4pm from Queens Park in warm, but perfect running conditions. Approximately forty runners were vying for valuable open and age category Club Championship points towards the coveted end of year trophies to be presented at the annual Awards evening on 14th October.

Allan Rask was outstanding, snatching victory from previous winner, Shawn Claydon by a mere three seconds with Carl Pinkstone relegated to third two seconds later. The top three enjoyed shoulder to shoulder racing from the gun with anyone of three definitely gold medal contenders. Fourth placed, Jared Spence was the third placed club member and will therefore, take the final club championship point on offer. The female section was taken out convincingly by Ashlee Scott (11:08) followed by fast finishing Alana Ford (12:32), junior sensation, Maddy Price (13:19) and Carmel Mahon (13:25).

There were some exceptional performances on show including visiting junior runners from the Sunshine Coast, Toby & Cory VanDenBogert with their Uncle, Russell VanDenBosch, Stuart Sprott, Jenene McLellan, Jan Smith, Sandra Henderson, Chris Skinner, Ricky Parker, Simon Henderson, Bill Morgan, Alan Zamparutti, Lauren Morgan, Ross Connor, Judy Zahn, Jose Short, Andrew Short, Julie Whibley and Anthony Blines.

Many thanks to race day volunteers, Peter Wright, Lindsey Wiggins, Kim Saron, Paul Tilse, Andrew Short, Paul Arvidson, Martin Lambert, the Bishop Family, Tim Magoffin and Linda McFadzen. Many thanks also to the Mackay Road Runners Club who sponsored the random draws to twelve lucky recipients, not including Chris Skinner and Ricky Parker.

Local athletes had a myriad of events to choose from this weekend, including the Mackay Triathlon Festival and Run the Whitsunday Great Walk. With full results not available to the writer at time of printing, congratulations to all participants in both events, specifically Jo Skinner who scored gold in her age at the tough 28km Whitsunday run at beautiful Airlie Beach.

In other out of town news, Rachel Silvestri competed in the North Queensland Athletics Championships in Townsville last weekend, racing extremely well in the 800m and 1500m. The sixteen year old placed an exceptional third in the under 18 girls 1500 metres behind an Australian runner and a Cairns top class runner.

Club President, Tim Magoffin, announced the Presentation Night will be held 14th October at 6pm at the Breakwater Bar & Restaurant (old Yacht Club) - all juniors and seniors members, friends and families are most welcome to attend...$65 (non-members) and $55 (member) with the Junior Presentation to be held at the special time of 6.30pm at no cost unless they stay on for dinner. Invitations have been emailed, therefore please RSVP ASAP, however, if you have not received your flyer, please contact the Club.

This Sunday's Club event, The Alarm Guys Jungle 5/10km run commences at 6.30am from the Botanic Gardens playground carpark, Lagoon Street. Please note the morning start time due to the NRL Grand Final in the afternoon.....go COWBOYS!

Benita Willis Handicap 10km Trophy

Sep 17 2017

The Mackay Road Runners annual Benita Willis 10km Handicap Trophy held last Sunday afternoon is one of the major highlights on the Club's calendar. The 10km handicap start race winner takes home the magnificent and coveted framed Benita Willlis shirt, personally signed by the World Cross Country Champion, four time Olympian and local Mackay girl, Benita Willis. The Club, who are so appreciative Benita's continual and constant support, are extremely proud of her achievements at home and abroad as well as her generosity and humility being the very respected role model that she is. Benita was in town briefly last Friday as the inaugural Race Ambassador of the 5/10km Cityrun at the Mackay Marina. Unfortunately, Benita had fly back to Brisbane to host another major event the very next morning and was unable to attend the presentation to this year's deserved winner, Rebecca Woods.

Rebecca was very excited as she humbly accepted the major achievement presented by last year's winner, speed sensation, Ashlee Scott. Rebecca admitted to some important nutritional habits as the key to her success and the fact it was a very flat race after last weekend's very hilly course. Rebecca will formally receive the perpetual Trophy to keep for 12 months at the Club's annual Presentation evening on 14th October, however, in the meantime, a visit to hardware will be in order to find a bolt to hang the enormously impressive Trophy. Second placed Sarah Jensen was rapt with her race snaring second place with Tim Caddy, third and more importantly ahead of her dad, Charlie Bone. Club President, Tim Magoffin was given strict instructions by Charlie to slightly distract Sarah so he could get the jump on her pace, however, Tim lost his focus and forgot!

Highest handicapped runner, Julian Picot had an exceptional race, sprinting from his handicapped start of twenty-nine minutes to clock the fastest time of the day. Julian ran extremely well to overtake several runners in a bid to score the prestigious Benita Willis 10km Trophy. Another highlight of the race was a sprint finish between Shawn Claydon and Ricky Parker, with Shawn the eventual winner by a nose. Ricky ''The Flash'' Parker was totally spent after his sprint finale, however, knowing it would be dangerous, he couldn't help himself! Once he recovered, the congenial Flash proceeded to organise several random draws donated by Ricky Parker Painting and Hogs Breath Cafe. The winners were extremely grateful for their prizes, including Tim Magoffin who was happy to thank The Flash in his own special way!

Winner of the 5km, Tahlia Campbell, was sensational in her event, bolting from her handicap start to cross the finish line first ahead of approximately forty runners. Tahlia's awesome form was impeded by a cold as was second placed, Maddy Price, who was also not feeling on top of her game, however, the girls made sure they didn't over do it....smart ......and tough girls in Mackay!

Congratulations to all the runners on their individual achievements, including Jose Short, Tim Magoffin, Leon Ryan, Charlie Martel, Carmel Mahon, Jarred Spence, Ashlee Scott, Greame Harris, Karla Hook, Simon Henderson, Cilla Martland, Sandra Henderson, Jan Smith, Colin Hardy, Stuart Sprott, Scott McIntosh, Leanne Franklin, Josh Bornman, Calvin Franklin, Nikki Giles, Ross Connor, Jo Skinner and Judy Zahn. Many thanks to race day volunteers, Andrew Short, Lindsey Wiggins and kids, Paul Tilse, Melissa Harris, Jess Harris, Ricky Parker, Tim Magoffin, Jose Short and Sandra Henderson. Best wishes to Brendan Bishop who is laid up in hospital at the moment, however, I'm sure Tim's visit will spark him up, so long as he doesn't mention running!

Superb news for one of the Mackay Road Runners Signature Events, the BMA Mackay Marina Run, which took out first prize in the Mackay Tourism Awards for the Event of the Year.....congratulations to the Leukaemia Foundation as well as Mackay Road Runners volunteers, community and corporate support for their contribution to the outstanding success of the event which will be in its tenth year in 2018. Race Director. Sandy Strong, his wife Chris and the Leukaemia Foundation's (Mackay Branch) Chris & Barry Comben were present and very honoured to accept the award on behalf of the entire Community.

Mackay Road Runners are now looking forward to this Sunday's Club Championship 3km event at 4pm from the Queens Park Rotunda via Goldsmith Street entrance. Runners will be vying for vital club championship points in the open and age categories towards end of year trophies. To be eligible to receive points, all runners must be Members and wear their race numbers and timing chips and be registered with the timekeepers at least ten minutes before gun time. This is extremely important for the efficient transition of collating results and handicap/club championship points. Mackay Road Runners Presentation night will be held Saturday 14th October - emailed flyers will be despatched soon.

TriActive8 Bonsons Scrub Road 6km & 12km

Sep 10 2017

Mackay Road Runners and race day sponsor, TriActiv8 generously joined forces to host the annual Bonson's Scrub Road 6km & 12km hilly run which included the very challenging ascents and descents of The Leap's Ian Reddacliffe Drive. In the absence of Club President, Tim Magoffin, who apparently thought his footy team would win at that time, Paul Tilse was the substitute Race Director, announcing the course description and latest notices.  Paul thanked race sponsor, TriActiv8's Nikki Giles who was in Mooloolaba competing in the Sunshine Coast's famous half-ironman event. Nikki had a great race finishing in 5 hours 17 minutes 45 seconds ahead of a sensational effort by her daughter, Rylea Giles (6:45:33)....congratulations girls! 

Paul also announced that four time Olympian, Mackay girl, Benita Willis will be in Mackay this Friday as the guest Race Ambassador for the inaugural Cityrun being held Friday, 15th September at the Mackay Marina. Mackay Road Runners will also be hosting the Annual Benita Willis Handicap 10km Trophy where the winner is the first handicapped runner, male or female, to cross the line in the 10km event from a handicap start at the Bluewater Lagoon Trail.  The winner scores themselves the enormous prestigious perpetual Trophy of an awesome Benita Willis framed and signed shirt. The 2016 winner, Ashlee Scott, will be on hand to congratulate the 2017 winner, which, if she continues her stunning form, could be herself!!!

Meanwhile, the TriActiv8 Bonson's Scrub Road 6km & 12km event was a great success with the winner of the TriActive8 prize of a Garmin watch,  the very ecstatic Scott McIntosh. Scott ran the best improved time from the previous year out of the thirty plus participants across the 6km and 12km events. Jo Skinner was the runner up, scoring herself a well-deserved block of Freddo chocolate, which she may or may not share with Craig, Chris or Tam. There were many other fine performances amongst the quality field including a tight tussle between  Carl Pinkstone and Julian Picot with Carl being the eventual winner followed by Julian and Shawn Claydon.  Jared Spence enjoyed the challenging course as did Russell VandenBosch, Tim Caddy, Leon Ryan, Andrew Wallace, Ricky Parker, Stuart Sprott, Shane Barben, Alan Zamparutti, Mark Walz and Andrew Short. Relative new runner to the Club, Rebecca Woods easily scaled the undulations of Ian Reddacliffe Drive together with Ashley Davies, Carolyn Steginga, Judy Zahn, Carmel Mahon, Karla Hook, Jo Skinner, Anna Walsh, Ulrika Widdowson and Sarah Jensen. 

Junior 6km runners also had a testing time, even though they had just the one lap to complete. Rachel Silvestri, who loved the tough outing, was joined by Layla Sanders and Maddy Price who easily accounted for the course which was practically in her own back yard.  Junior runner and big improver, Simba Walz had a sensational run in the 6km racing well against fellow talented junior runner, Jamie Sanders.

Many thanks to race day volunteers who, if not for them, the event would not have been a success - Race Sponsor TriActiv8 (Nikki Giles), Paul Tilse, Andrew Short, Lindsey Wiggins, Greg O'Neill, Ange Furdek, Jacqui Paterson,  Simon Henderson and Sandra Henderson.

Congratulations to Matt Stevens and Pieter VanVuren who sensationally competed in the Surf Coast Ultra Marathon events over the weekend ie the 50km and 100km respectively.  Pieter astonishingly ran a very impressive 15 hours 40 minutes to cross the 100km finish line with hundreds of teams and individual competitors.  Matt also had an incredible run  in the 50km 'short' race smashing the course in 7 hours 8 minutes.  The tough course was held in the State of Victoria's Surf Coast Shire - Surf Coast is the start of the Great Ocean Road, including the main towns of Torquay, Lorne, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Winchelsea and the world-famous Bells Beach. Matt and Pieter enjoyed stunning beaches, rich coastal scenery, impressive waterfalls and the natural beauty of amazing trails.....what a mighty effort by the locals....well done!

Pre Father's Day 5km & 12km

Sep 2 2017

Mackay Road Runners together with the awesome Park Run Team joined forces to stage their annual social Pre Father’s Day Fun Run 5km & 10km. Park Run Co-ordinator/Race Director, Christine Davies was sensational in organising the event with a multitude of Mackay Road Runners volunteers to assist the very successful event which had nearly one hundred and forty runners, walkers, prams, babies, kiddies and doggies.

Mackay Road Runners Club President Tim Magoffin assisted Christine in the course briefing and any Mackay Road Runners news updates.  The Club also donated Club logo coffee mugs and Mackay Marina Run running singlets in appreciation of the Park Run organisers and participants.  The Park Run organisers and volunteers are crucial to the successful running of the weekly Saturday 7am 5km events from the Botanic Gardens playground, Lagoon Street, with many volunteers registering more volunteer caps than running ones due to the logistics of staging the event.  Christine announced one of the Mackay Road Runners, Judy Zahn, as the Volunteer of the Month, which was very deserved due to her major assistance to the Park Run concept. The Park Run organisers appreciate all their volunteers, however, more assistance is required so that the Volunteers themselves can do a run/walk.....don't forget to put your name down to help out, it's amazingly rewarding!

Meanwhile, Mackay Road Runners to do well at The Park Run were first across the line in the 5km, Benji Binney followed by speedy Shawn Claydon who continued on to do another lap to make up 10km for the morning. Ashlee Scott, who loves her regular Park Runs and is a devoted Mackay Road Runner, blitzed the course in her usual sizzling style to be the first female in the 5km. The course photographer had a great morning (even though it was a bit early and cold at the start!) snapping the competitors happily running along, doing star jumps, coaxing their doggies and children to make it to the end, with most then enjoying a relaxing breakfast at the Lagoons Cafe.  It was awesome to see so many supportive volunteers and runners enjoying a great morning out in beautifully perfect weather conditions with so many like-minded individuals. The writer also includes those who were not actually in the Park Run, who were pounding the pavement doing their own thing, in their own time and with their own friends.  One older Gentleman who regularly takes his thirteen year old dog for a walk through the Botanic Gardens trails, then puts him in the pram when his (the dog) arthritis starts playing up, was particularly inspiring.   

Other runners to do well were Jared Spence, Jo Skinner, Daren Galea, Karlee Hayden, Scott Todd, Monica Green, Kendall Holmes, Rachel Burling, Carla Smith, Craig McGahey, Carolyn Steginga, Sandy Marchetti, Jo Hughes, Andrew Short, Mitchell Thompson, Matt Graves, Scott McIntosh, Tim Magoffin, Rose Nielsen, Chris Skinner, Natasha Steenkamp, Sean Kelly, Judy Keogh, Sherrie Savage, Charlie Bone, Sarah Jensen, Tam Wanstall, Jose Short, Shelley Binney, Bernadine McKinnon and June Bradley.

This Sunday's Mackay Road Runners event commences 4pm from Bonson's Scrub Road, The Leap, with carpooling very desirably requested at 3:30pm at Coningsby State School, Bruce Highway (near the servo) due to the limited space at the start line.  The course will take runners on an undulating and very challenging course from Bonson's Road onto Ian Reddacliffe Drive and return (6km) with a repeat loop for the 12km course...bonus spectacular vistas from the pinnacle at no extra cost.  Runners are expected to be signed in with the registrar and timekeeper ten minutes before gun time so that volunteers can warm up for their own race and Race Director can present course description and any updates.  The timekeeper advises Members it is crucial to wear their timing chips and race numbers to secure their times via the electronic timing system. All non-members are most welcome to participate in any of the Club's events for a small cost, although no formal time will be recorded on the Club results... however, non-members are warmly invited to join so that they can reap the benefits of being a Member.

Shields Stampede 5km & 12km

Aug 27 2017

Mackay Road Runners annual Shields Stampede 5km & 12km is always a well attended and much anticipated event on the Road Runners Calendar. Hosts and Life Members, Merv & Wendy Shields are always so gracious and generous as they open up their home for runners to enjoy a great run and post run refreshments, especially Wendy's yummy choc/marshmallow biscuits. Alan Zamparutti and Carmel Mahon were among several very satisfied taste testers on this occasion giving the bickies ten out of ten as they fought for the last one!

Mackay Road Runners were fortunate to have on hand seven out of eight of their Life Members at the event, Merv & Wendy Shields, Agnes Farmer, Paul & Janelle Tilse, Judy Zahn and Charlie Martel. Shawn Claydon was absent due to his participation in the Bridge to Brisbane 10km run over the same weekend. Shawn clocked a very impressive time of forty-five minutes 47 seconds to place fourth in his age category and well inside the top one hundred out of thousands of other runners.

Meanwhile, locally the Shields Stampede was a great success for approximately fifty runners tackling the testing 5km and 12km courses which included several serious hilly sections toward the back end of the 12km run. The 5km runners were spared the streets of Norris Rd, James Croker Drive and Annie Wood Avenue, however, they did encounter one testing hill (twice) at the junction of Norris and Beaconsfield Roads so they did not feel left out.

Benji Binney scorched over the 5km course in scintillating form to take out the event ahead of first female, Ashlee Scott (19:10) and Simba Walz (2nd male). Benji backed up extremely well after the Capricornia State Secondary School athletic championships the previous weekend in Emerald where he scored gold in the 1500 and 800 metres and a fourth placing in the 400 metres. His results easily qualify him for the State Titles in Brisbane in October. Tahlia Campbell, who claimed second female in the Shields 5km, also scored herself a berth at the State Titles with success in her pet events, the 1500 and 800 metres. In addition to the talented pair, Rachel Silvestri, won all her events in the Emerald competition, scoring selection in a multitude of events, as did Hayden Connor, Jamie Sanders and Layla Sanders. Unfortunately several runners who were selected to compete were unable to attend included but not limited to were Jamie Bornman, Paige Stolberg, Lauren Morgan, Will Morgan and Simba Walz.

The Shields Stampede scratch start 12km event was smashed by Carl Pinkstone who blitzed the course ahead of next best males, Tim Caddy, Anthony Blines, Iggy Janse Van Rensburg, Alan Zamparutti, David Isbister and Stuart Sprott. First female, Carmel Mahon, ran well to place ahead of a very fast finishing Alana Ford, Ashley Davies, Karla Hook, Judy Zahn, Jose Short, Carolyn Steginga, Vicki Vickers, June Bradley, Robyn Richards, Jo Hughes and Sarah Jensen. Congratulations to all runners across both events including Russell VanDenBosch, Colin Hardy, Cilla Martland, Jenene McLellan, Mark Walz, Ross Connor and Shane Barben. Bernadine McKinnon clocked a very well-paced thirty minutes on her return 5km run, despite missing the finishing shute. Charlie Martel has pretty well renounced his title after heading home with about ten runners left at the venue....Wendy Shields was definitely last to leave, however, not sure if that counts if she lives there!

Congratulations to Craig McGahey and Jo Skinner on the success of their first marathon (42.2km) at the Sunshine Coast the previous weekend, both clocking 3 hours 58 minutes in their first event attempt at this iconic distance. Both runners enjoyed the course and event and have recovered extremely well. Congratulations to the Cystic Fibrosis Run organisers for a fantastic event, where approximately six hundred runners/walkers competed in the 5km run and 5km doggie walk at Canelands Park. Well done to the many Mackay Road Runners who competed, then backed up for their Club event in the afternoon.

Great work y by our own race day volunteers Mark & Linda McFadzen, Jo Skinner, Lindsey Wiggins, Tim Magoffin, Andrew Short and Jose Short for their assistance as well as awesome hosts, Wendy & Merv Shields.....thank you!!!!!

This weekend's run, as quoted by the Club President, Tim Magoffin, is the marquis 'best day of the year' event!!! The Mackay Road Runners pre Father's Day Park Run 5km & 10km. The usual Park Run 5km run will be hosted by the Mackay Road Runners in affiliation with the usual awesome Park Run Volunteers and Mackay Road Runners volunteers, commencing at 7am from the Botanic Gardens Lagoon Street playground.

Magic Mile

Aug 20 2017

Mackay Road Runners held one of its Signature and Club Championship events, the prestigious annual Magic Mile, from the beautiful precincts of the Mackay Marina.  Race Hosts, North Queensland Bulk Ports, were sponsors for the senior 1.6km event, also ensuring the Breakwater was closed for the setup and duration of the race which was a point to point course on the Breakwater. Podiatry Mackay's Donald Orr, who is a major long term supporter of the Club's junior events, was once again, the awesome sponsor for the under 13 & 18 junior races.  Donald was on hand to present the junior race prizes to the boys and girls together with, North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) General Manager Trade & Operations, Brendan Webb & Regional Stakeholder Ingagement Advisor, Emilie Pershouse who presented the senior winners' prizes.  Mackay Road Runners 1992 race recordholder of four minutes 22 seconds, legendary local runner, Charlie Martel was a special guest at the iconic race presentation.  Charlie, who has just moved back to Mackay from several years hiatus in Brisbane, was not well enough to run today, however he and his children Miles and Kayde, were avid supporters of the runners.  Charlie retained his excellent form by being second last to leave the event, usually remembered as being last.  Charlie was keen to pass the baton to Ashlee Scott, however she was way too quick for him!

The Senior NQBP Mackay Road Runners Magic Mile was won by Julian Picot in a sensational time of four minutes 47 seconds ahead of fast finishing Daren Galea (5:15) with Ben Saxon only five seconds in deficit to claim the final podium placing.  Previous Magic Mile winner, Shawn Claydon settled on a fourth placing, seven seconds ahead of Mark McFadzen with first female Ashlee Scott a further three seconds back.  Ashlee's exceptional form scored her victory for the girls in five minutes forty seconds even, one minute ahead of big improver, Carolyn Steginga (6:44) and Emma Goodman-Jones (6:48).  Other previous Magic Mile champions, Carmel Mahon was relegated to fourth by only one second with Judy Zahn fifth (7:04).  Outstanding performances were on show across all athletes in the extremely testing conditions which were very breezy to say the least - those included Scott McIntosh, Carl Pinkstone, Matt Graves, Tim Caddy, Anthony Blines, Mitchell Thompson, Andrew Wallace, Greame Harris,  Rowan Barratt,  Ross Vickers, Michael Barratt, Jose Short, David Isbister,  Alan Zamparutti, Stuart Sprott, Jenene McLennan and Dannelle Thompson. The coveted Magic Mile 1.5kg Milo prize was awarded to Cilla Martland for her excellent performance in the trying conditions.....home for a warm drink with marshmallows...YES!

The Podiatry Mackay Junior Magic Mile winners were ecstatic with their efforts and their prizes as presented by sponsor, Donald Orr. The under thirteen winner, Will Morgan was in sizzling form taking gold in the sixteen hundred metre race in five minutes 39 seconds. His performance should be a great confidence booster as he heads into competition this week in Emerald for the Secondary School Capricornia athletics trials.  Josh Bornman (5:31) held off Simba Walz (5:46) and Finn Zamparutti (5:57) to take maximum club championship points in the under 18 male section, whilst, Josh's sister, Jamie equalled his placing, taking first ahead of Lauren Morgan. Under thirteen girls went to a talented trio consisting of Paige Stolberg, who was first out of the under 13 and under 18 girls and fifth overall junior, followed by sibling, Lara Stolberg and Jess Harris.

Many thanks once again to the race sponsors, NQBP and Podiatry Mackay, Mackay Road Runners race day volunteers, Tim Magoffin, Andrew Short, Brendan Bishop, Sandra Henderson, Jose Short and Mark Walz who were all integral in the success of the event.

Best wishes to the Club's Junior runners travelling to Emerald this week for the Capricornia Secondary School Athletics Titles. Rachel Silvestri will be one of the talented crew competing after a very successful silver medal win as part of the Queensland Team at the National Cross Country Titles in Tasmania last week.

This Sunday's Mackay Road Runners 5/12km event commences 4pm at Merv & Wendy's residence at 21 Karl Langer Crescent, North Mackay.  The Club's Life Members are very loyal and long standing Members and Sponsors of the Club, with both being awarded Life Membership several years ago. Merv & Wendy have hosted the annual race from their home for many years and is a much anticipated event, not necessarily for the running but for the post race refreshments that everyone is welcome to partake in.  All runners need to be registered by 3:50pm at the latest with timing chips and race bibs attached so that the computerised timing system can be readied for handicap start racing commencement at 4pm sharp.

Eimeo Pacific Hotel 5km & 14km

Aug 13 2017

Mackay Road Runners annual Eimeo 5km & 14km event was held in perfect conditions from the spectacular location of the Eimeo Pacific Hotel.  Approximately sixty runners enjoyed the staggered start based on their handicap before tackling the testing undulations of Dolphin Heads in the shorter race then proceeding towards the Eimeo School precincts via Blacks Beach's testing Camilleri Street  and Busuttin Drive in the longer event.  

Club President, Tim Magoffin welcomed the keen crowd including many new runners and existing members to test themselves against the clock as well as partake in a great couple of hours of supportive banter and picturesque course vistas. Timekeeper and Results co-ordinator, Brendan Bishop, Tim and Di Morgan did a great job sending runners on their individual handicap start times, which is gauged and recalibrated each week based on their past club performances this year.

Ashlee Scott was once again outstanding in the 5km, clocking the fastest overall male and female time of eighteen minutes eighteen seconds ahead of Alana Ford (19:43) and junior sensation, Tahlia Campbell (20:36).  Tahlia placed first on handicap, with Finn Zamparutti, Anthony Blines, Scott McIntosh, Jamie Bornman, Alana Ford, Russell VandenBosch, Cilla Martland, Jo Hughes and Ashlee Scott rounding out the top ten handicap finishers. Scott McIntosh (18:43) was the fastest 5km male, ahead of Josh Bornman (19:07) and Finn Zamparutti (21:00).  Excellent performances in the 5km also came from Shane Barben, Sandra Henderson, Emma Carlos, Jenene McLellan and Peter Ford.

The 14km race saw backmarker ie highest handicapped runner, Julian Picot commence his run in a position seemingly impossible to catch many runners, however a stellar performance from the gun saw him reeling in runners at will with his speed and determination, clocking fifty-three minutes fifty-one seconds and amazingly finishing fifth overall on handicap.  Second fastest, Carl Pinkstone (58:29) ran well placing 8th on handicap with third fastest male, Andy List finishing a very respectable 12th on handicap. Carmel Mahon was the fastest female (1:12:22) ahead of Jo Skinner (1:16:26), Judy Zahn (1:18:16) and Jose Short (1:19:04). Chris Skinner had an outstanding run, winning the Handicap 14km race ahead of Chris Webb, Jo Skinner and Iggy Van Rensburg. Big Improver, Leon Ryan came in sixth, half a minute behind Julian Picot, with Alan Zamparutti, Carl Pinkstone, Stephen Oberg, Craig McGahey, Judy Zahn, Andy List, Jared Spence, Robyn Madill, Rebecca Woods and Linda Wetherall following in quick succession. Carolyn Steginga, Martin Lambert, Ashley Davies, Derek Woods, Ricky Parker, Stuart Sprott and Ulrika Widdowson followed through with some great back end performances.

Runners were very grateful for the water aid stations manned by Mark, Linda and Millie McFadzen and Andrew Short.  This is a very special race for Andrew, who was unable to run today due to injury, as it was his first ever run with the Mackay Road Runners four years ago. The Club has been blessed ever since Andrew joined up with his congenial, super helpful and supportive nature.  The writer remembers meeting Andrew at his first run....she couldn't get a word in....ummmm......NOT!

This Sunday's Mackay Road Runners NQBP Open and Podiatry Mackay Junior Magic Mile will commence 9am at the Mackay Marina Breakwater.  The run is open to members and non-members whilst being a Signature and Club Championship event, supported by the North Queensland Bulk Ports who will close the Breakwater for the race, and generous long term Sponsor, Podiatry Mackay's Donald Orr. The 1.6km distance is an iconic race on the Club's calendar, with race records held by local running legend Charlie Martel and four time Olympian and local girl,  Benita Willis.  The race will commence 9am sharp so that the Breakwater can be reopened to the general public......all welcome!

Lamberts Beach Social 5/10km

Aug 6 2017

Local runners including Mackay Road Runners members were spoilt for choice last weekend with a variety of running options being served up on the menu across the state. The various events including the popular Townsville Marathon Running Festival, Brisbane Marathon Running Festival, the inaugural Mackay Mountain Marathon at Eungella and the Mackay Road Runners weekly Club run at Lamberts Beach.

Ex Mackay Road Runners, Julian Picot claimed a sensational second place in the Townsville Marathon, David Perkins participated in his tenth Townsville Marathon and Peter Houghton was outstanding in his second ever marathon, with his first one only this year at the Gold Coast. Mackay's Townsville Half Marathoners included Daren Galea (1 hr 31 min 32 sec and 2nd in his age category), Graeme Railton (1:35:48), Clay Perkins (1:38:41), Joseph Grech (1:42:55), Jose' Short (1:49:27 and 2nd in age), Carmel Grech (2:03:21), Tracey Dean (2:04:06), June Bradley (2:04:08), Natasha Davis (2:12:19) and  Madonna Bugeja (2:32:57) as well as a bevy of locals in the 10km and 5km events.

The inaugural Eungella Mackay Mountain Marathon run was staged in perfect conditions and surroundings via the undulating, winding roads and beautiful testing trails  of the Eungella National Park.  Local Mackay Road Runners took advantage of a variance of distances from 38km, 15km and 5km. Junior runner, Jamie Sanders took on the 15km challenge, collecting bronze alongside Shelley Binney, who scored the silver medal within a strong field of approximately eighty runners and walkers. Outstanding Junior female athlete, Rachel Silvestri, who thoroughly enjoyed running in her backyard, was first for the girls in the 5km,  with a superb display of road and trail running ahead of Layla Sanders, Maddy Price and Indee Price. The 38km was a tough outing, with Leon Ryan taking gold in 3 hrs 34 min 11 sec ahead of James Leonard (3:36:36), Tim Caddy (4:07:25) and Pieter Van Uuvren (4:11:26).

Meanwhile, locally, approximately thirty runners enjoyed the unexpectedly warm conditions in the social 5/10km run from the Seabreeze Tavern Hotel, Lamberts Beach precincts at 4pm last  Sunday afternoon. Courageous twelve year old Tahlia Campbell smashed the 10km course in spectacular form, scoring a victory in the process.  Liam Mumford easily took out the 5km run despite a football injury the previous weekend. Liam will now head back to the USA to continue his academic and athletics scholarship which includes a 7000 feet altitude training camp in the first week of his return. Russell VandenBosch, Ross Vickers, Stuart Sprott, Jo Skinner, Craig McGahey, Sarah Jensen, Ashleigh Davies,  and Ulrika Widdowson also performed extremely well.

This Sunday's Mackay Road Runners 5km/14km event is scheduled for a 4pm handicap start from the Eimeo Pacific Hotel carpark precincts. All runners are reminded to wear their race numbers and timing chips and be registered with the timing steward/registrar by 3.45pm at the very latest. This will then allow the course briefing and club news to be delivered by the Race Director.   All runners must be aware of their own safety whilst running on the roads at all times as well as being hydrated and nutritionally prepared for your event.

A reminder to all Members that the Committee meet monthly on the second Monday at 5.30pm to discuss upcoming events, club progress, etc..... therefore, all committee members are requested to attend and ALL Members are most welcome.

Reef Forest 4.5km Junior and 9km Senior Club Championship 

Jul 30 2017

Mackay Road Runners hosted its annual Reef Forest 4.5km Junior and 9km Senior Club Championship race last weekend from the beautiful precincts of the Cape Hillsborough National Park. Over fifty runners enjoyed the challenging events which took place across multiple surfaces, including the exquisite Cape Hillsborough Beach's sandy foreshore, bitumen/dirt roads and the scenic National Park rainforest loop. Weather conditions were absolutely magical for a day of cross country running with a very cool start and warming up to a perfect sunny winter's day in North Queensland.

Club President, Tim Magoffin welcomed eager athletes with an unusually quiet course description, due to the early hour (8am!) and consideration for all the tourists in the area having a sleep in. Tim welcomed many new runners to join the congenial comradery of the Mackay Road Runners Club which was very apparent throughout the run and at the very relaxing post run random draws and sausage sizzle.

Craig Pinkstone (37 minutes 17 seconds) was outstanding in the 9km event, easing into his 9km race with measured patience in the early stages before surging to the lead on the meandering, undulating off roads and rainforest loop, maintaining his gold medal position to the finish line. Previous winner of this event, Shawn Claydon (40:09) was relegated to second, with Mark McFadzen (41:32) collecting the final podium position. Fourth placed Lindsey Wiggins (43:57) came storming home ahead of Leon Ryan (44:35) with Finn Zamparutti (45:42), Greame Harris (45:46:24),Michael Feenaghty (45:46:75), Scott McIntosh (46:35) and Tim Caddy (48:47) rounding out the top ten and all under fifty minutes.

Ashlee Scott (42:30) was sensational once again, scoring maximum Female Club Championship points as well as being fourth overall! Alana Ford (44:10) secured the silver medal and sixth overall ahead of previous winner Carmel Mahon (48:10), Jose Short (48:49), Karla Hook (53:43), Vicki Vickers (54:17), Brenda Windsor (1:06:53), Ulrika Widdowson (1:07:52) and Cilla Martland (1:14:42).

The maximum Junior Female Club Championship points for the day were awarded to Rachel Silvestri, who scorched over the 4.5km course in 22 minutes 04 seconds. Rachel ran an awesome race to also place first overall in the 4.5km, sprinting the testing surfaces to claim victory ahead of the previous weekend's record breaking Podiatry Mackay/Laura Pettifer Inspirational Eungella Junior King of the Mountain and selection into the Queensland Secondary School Cross Country Team. The sixteen year old has found another gear this year and is very worthy of representing Queensland in Tasmania on 10th August. Second placed Layla Sanders (26:42) flew the flag for the Sanders family in the absence of her older brother, whilst Jamie Bornman scored bronze for the girls. Senior runners, Jo Skinner, Rebecca Woods and Nikki Giles enjoyed the shorter course option, performing extremely well against their younger rivals. Josh Bornman (23:38) easily accounted for the 4.5km course claiming valuable Club Championship points followed by senior runners, Jared Spence and Brendan Bishop.

Many thanks to multi-skilled volunteers Paul Tilse (BBQ chef/pantrymaid/Registrar); Tim Magoffin (course setup/packup/MC/random draws barrel boy); Andrew Short (course setup/packup, course marshall), Jose Short (merchandising/social butterfly), Brendan Bishop (timekeeper/result co-ordinator/athlete.)

Congratulations to all Amart Sports vouchers and chocolate random draw winners, especially Adam Knesevic and Alana Ford who unbelievably won with numbers 1 & 2 but will no doubt be sharing with non-prize winner, Jim Ford.....NOT!

In out of town running, Mackay Road Runners Member, Moranbah's Gary Jenkinson performed extremely well in the Australian Outback Marathon in the centre of the Continent, Uluru. Gary's time of 4 hours seven minutes was an excellent result due to the toughness of the event. Gary was feeling the post-race sore muscle side effects later the same day, however, with a couple of Snickers for replenishment, his recovery is on track.
This Sunday's social 5/10km run commences 4pm from the Seabreeze Tavern precincts, Lamberts Beach. Best wishes to entrants in other running events this weekend - Townsville Running Festival and the Eungella Mountain Marathon.

King of the Mountain

Jul 23 2017

The running of the prestigious Mackay Road Runners Signature Club Championship MTTest/Mackay Tyrepower King & Queen and Podiatry Mackay/Laura Pettifer Inspirational Junior King & Queen of the Mountain was an outstanding success. The event, which started at Netherdale for the Open 6.4km race and half way up the Mountain for the junior race, was held in perfectly cool conditions at the commencement time of 8am. The conditions turned very warm as athletes scorched up the Mountain to the finish line which was just before the entrance of the historical and iconic Eungella Chalet who was also a sponsor of the event.

Over sixty runners challenged themselves on the testing course towards the pinnacle before relaxing at the Eungella Chalet for breakfast and spectacular clear vistas of the Pioneer Valley and beyond. After Mackay Road Runners Club President, Tim Magoffin, welcomed members and casual day runners, he then requested a one minute silence be held for multi-talented athlete and previous Queen of the Mountain, Laura Pettifer, who passed away in a cycling training accident in 2008. In Laura's honour, her Mum, Veronica Pettifer, has sponsored a perpetual trophy and sports voucher for the first male and female junior winners as inspirational encouragement for their development.
Podiatry Mackay's, Donald Orr has also been a major part of the junior race by donating cash prizes for over fifteen years for the first four males and females across the line as well as feet lollies for every runner as they conquered the course.

This year's Podiatry Mackay/Laura Pettifer Inspirational Junior King and Queen winners were sensational running duo, Rachel Silvestri and Will Morgan, who have both just been away in Brisbane for State Secondary School Cross Country trials, where Rachel scored a coveted place in the Queensland team to go to the National Titles in chilly Tasmania in a couple of weeks. Second placed male in the junior event, Sam Riggs ran a great race to take silver ahead of brothers, CJ & Jesse Robinson. Anabella DuToit was sensational, claiming second followed by Layla Sanders and Lauren Morgan.

The MTest/Mackay Tyrepower Eungella King of the Mountain crown remained with the incumbent winner, Liam Mumford who posted a fourth straight victory over first time King of the Mountain runner Hunter McGovern. Fifteen year old, Hunter has been in superb form scoring several personal bests this season with yet another successful run, finishing only seconds behind Liam. Daren Galea, who placed third ahead of Jade Hammer, ran extremely well whilst supporting two young runners in the junior event. The MTest/Mackay Tyrepower Queen of the Mountain went to speedy Ashlee Scott ahead of Mackay Road Running buddy, Alana Ford. Both girls are first timers over this course, with very successful results over previous Queen of the Mountain, Carmel Mahon and Jose Short. Ashlee, who is one of a host of fine female runners within the Mackay Road Runners ‘ranks, has unlimited potential over the longer and hilly events as well as the shorter ones. Both male and female race records in the 6.4km event remained unbroken despite a $500 bonus cash incentive by an unnamed Club Member for the male and/or female to break the 1991 feat of 27 minutes 51 seconds set by local male running legend, 13 time race winner, Charlie Martel and Townsville's Alison Wilson (34:55).

Congratulations to all runners and cyclists who participated, whether personal goals were attained or not....the action and purpose of having a go, knowing it would be tough was awesome, everyone should be very proud of themselves. Many thanks to all volunteers including members of the Mackay Road Runners, Mackay Cycling Club and Mackay Triathlon Club, MTest, Mackay Tyrepower, Podiatry Mackay, Veronica Pettifer, Eungella Chalet, Maz Wright (homemade goodies), Finch Hatton Police, Tropical North ABC Radio (Teegs), The Daily Mercury and Midweek newspapers.....so much appreciated.

The Mackay Road Runners event this Sunday commences 8am from The Cape Hillsborough Park/BBQ area near The Resort. The 4.5km & 9km Junior and Senior Club Championship run will be followed by a free social sausage sizzle and random prize draws for runners and supporters. Casual day runners are most welcome for a very low non-member fee of $10.

Magpies Meander 4.5km/9km

Jul 16 2017

Approximately thirty Mackay Road Runners enjoyed a very social Magpies Meander 4.5km & 9km run from the Magpies Sporting Club carpark precincts at 4pm last Sunday. Club President, Tim Magoffin welcomed the athletes to the annual event whilst a huge contingent of local runners attended the Airlie Running Festival and Secondary School State Cross Country Championships.

Cool conditions met the runners, however, it warmed up quickly as runners meandered via the off road pathways from Magpies beside the beautiful Gooseponds parklands and waterways. Josh Bornman lead the 4.5km from the gun, although Paul Tilse did have the jump on him at the start line, but not for long. Jamie Bornman was outstanding for the girls in the shorter distance ahead of a quality field. Excellent running included athletes,  Colin Hardy, Jo Hughes, Peter Ford, Paul Tilse, Emma Goodman-Jones and Jim Ford.

In the 9k event, Alana Ford warmed up quickly after a cold start, sprinting to cross the line first for the girls, with  Ashleigh Davies easily co-ordinating a star jump whilst running, chatting to the photographer and smiling....all at once! Carolyn Steginga continued her excellent form, completing the 9km event in awesome style ahead of Jo Skinner, Jose Short and Carmel Mahon. Russell VandenBosch ran extremely well with his barefoot shoes and his bare feet throughout the 9km event, followed by Craig McGahey, Peter Wright, Tim Magoffin and Daniel Stampa. Well done to Craig McGahey and Jo Skinner for backing up after their half marathon efforts at Airlie earlier in the day.

Congratulations to the Airlie Running Festival runners, who had to contend with very warm conditions  throughout their events, including the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5km. Excellent results were posted by Marathon runners, Brenda Windsor, Mark McFadzen and Tim Caddy, as well as Half Marathon runners ex local Peter Moore (2nd):  one whom we call a local, Hamilton Island's Stephen Jackson (3rd); Mackay's Greame Harris (11th), Michael Feenaghty (12th), Lindsey Wiggins, Craig McGahey, Martin Lambert, Scott Todd, Jo Skinner, June Bradley, Vicki Vickers, Marie Muscat, Alex Anderson, Debbie Joynson, Julie Whibley and Chris Banney. Ashlee Scott was super sensational taking gold and 4th overall in the 10km event, with Shawn Claydon also taking home some silverware, collecting 3rd for his efforts in the 10km.  Not to be outdone, talented veteran runner Ricky Parker scored a sizzling second place ahead of a huge field of quality junior and senior 5km runners. Emma Goodman-Jones also conquered the heat and the 5km course by placing 6th female and then warming down with a 4.5km run with Mackay Road Runners in the arvo.

Results were not to hand at time of printing for the junior runners competing in Brisbane at the State Secondary School Cross Country Championships, however, there were many Mackay runners in attendance competing against the State’s best. The writer looks forward to hearing the eventual results for possible publication next week.

Out of town and local runners and cyclists are looking forward to this weekend's Podiatry Mackay/Laura Pettifer Inspirational Trophy Junior (3.2km) King and Queen of the Mountain and the 6.4km MTest (run) & Mackay Tyrepower (cycle) Eungella King and Queen of the Mountain at 8am this Sunday.  There is a first time incentive of a $500 cash bonus by an unnamed Running Member to the male and/or female runner in the 6.4km foot race if the 1991 records are broken. This is in addition to cash prizes by MTest Mackay. The records have been set by Mackay running legend and thirteen time race winner, Charlie Martel in a VERY quick time of 27 min 51 sec and Townsville's Alison Wilson (34:55). The running event doubles as the Mackay Road Runners Junior and Senior Club Championship as well as being an integral, unique and historical run which has been part of the community for over thirty years.  Junior runners will start their event half way up the Mountain with the first male and female taking home the coveted Laura Pettifer Inspirational Trophy as well as cash prizes from Podiatry Mackay.  The passing of multi-talented athlete, Laura Pettifer in 2008 whilst on a cycling training session was devastating to the local community as well as interstate and abroad among her family, friends and colleagues. Laura was the 2008 Queen of the Mountain and her legacy continues with the donation of sports vouchers and a perpetual trophy for junior runners from her mother, Veronica.  Many thanks to all of our awesome long standing sponsors and supporters, Finch Hatton Police, MTest, Mackay Tyrepower, Eungella Chalet (Tess & Tony), Podiatry Mackay, Veronica Pettifer and Maz Wright (local produce). All competitors are advised to be registered by 7.45am at the latest at your individual tables at Netherdale ie Mackay Cycling Club, Mackay Triathlon Club and Mackay Road Runners Club. As this is a point to point one way race and the road will be closed for one hour, supporters and competitors need to ensure their vehicles are at the top before road closure by the Police. To stay in the beautiful Eungella region, please make a weekend of it and book accommodation via one of our proud supporters, The Eungella Chalet ph 4958 4509 or info@eungellachalet.com.au. All runners and cyclists are very welcome to participate, no need to be a member of our Clubs - $10 seniors & $5 juniors.

Robbo's 61 Steps 5/10km

Jul 9 2017

Approximately fifty runners enjoyed very "un-July-like" warm and humid conditions for the running of the Mackay Road Runners annual Robbo's 61 Steps commencing at 4pm last Sunday from the Gordon White Library carpark. The testing course took runners on a 5km undulating course through the treacherous ascents and descents of the leafy Mt Pleasant suburb, including High and Pollock Streets, Charles Hodge and Annie Wood Avenues, Norris Road and Bona Vista and James Croker Drives. The 5km loop course as described by Race Director and Club President, Tim Magoffin, meant bad/good news for the 10km runners, as they were sent again for a repeat outing of the tough loop for a second look at the City's awesome vistas.

Junior runner, Hunter McGovern, easily cruised over the 10km hilly challenge, continuing his excellent form this year and more recently, the Mackay Road Runners 10km Handicap Trophy win at The Grove a couple of weeks ago. Backmarker, Carl Pinkstone also performed exceptionally well, chasing down his peers from the handicap start, clocking the fastest 10km time. It was great so see the return of PRC runners Sandy Strong and Andy List, however, whilst running buddy, Tim Magoffin took a running break,  Martin Lambert was on hand to challenge Sandy and Andy.  Lindsey Wiggins, Leon Ryan, Michael Feenaghty, Scott McIntosh, Mitchell Thompson, Alan Zamparutti, Ross Vickers, Peter Wright, David Isbister and Charlie Bone also set a cracking pace in the 10km race.

Ashleigh Davies set a high standard in the 10km from her handicap start, maintaining her scorching pace to the finish line, as did, Jose Short, Karla Hook, Carmel Mahon, Judy Zahn, Carolyn Steginga, Sarah Jensen, Vicki Vickers, Jan Smith and Brenda Windsor.

Five kilometre competitors, Josh Bornman and Russell VandenBosch sprinted from their handicap gun start, setting a speedy pace toward their rivals who started on their earlier handicap times, including Shane Barben, Simba Walz, Finn Zamparutti, Colin Hardy, Simon Henderson and Mark Walz.  Female junior runners, Tahlia Campbell and Jamie Bornman ran exceptionally well finishing ahead of experienced runners Kim Saron, Sandra Henderson, Julie Whibley and Leanne Franklin. 

Many thanks to race day volunteers, Tim Magoffin, Andrew Short, Jo Hughes, Ricky Parker, Stuart Sprott and Lindsey Wiggins.  Mackay Road Runners are now looking forward to next Sunday's 5km & 9km social run commencing 4pm from Magpies Sporting Complex.  This will be a low key tapering prequel to the following week's prestigious MTest/Mackay Tyrepower Eungella Open King of the Mountain and the Podiatry Mackay/Laura Pettifer Inspirational Junior Eungella King of the Mountain.  Mackay Road Runners/Mackay Triathlon/Mackay Cycling Clubs wish to thank all the event's awesome Sponsors for the 6.4km senior/3.2km junior foot race and a 6.4km cycling King/Queen (senior/junior) race from Netherdale at 8am on Sunday 23rd July.  Mackay Road Runners also wish to advise that should the 6.4km foot race records, male and/or female be broken, one of Mackay Road Runners Members has personally sponsored a $500 çash prize.  The current foot race records, set in 1991 by Legendary local Charlie Martel (27 min 51 sec) and Townsville's Alison Wilson (34:55) have been a tough task ever since that time. 

Mt Pleasant Tavern Trot 5/10km

Jul 2 2017

The Mackay Road Runners had a strong contingent of local runners attending the Gold Coast Running Festival last weekend, with many first timers attempting their goal event which included the Marathon (42.2km), Half Marathon, 10km and 5km.  Victoria Beck was sensational, clocking 2 hrs 42 min in the Marathon, 4th in her age and 9th female out of thousands of runners at the iconic event. Jose Short and Bernadine McKinnon completed their first marathon, recording very respectable and of course, personal bests times.  Whilst the Gold Coasters were celebrating their morning achievements, Mackay Road Runners Club held a social 5km & 10km event from the Mt Pleasant Tavern carpark precincts at 4pm.

Club President, Tim Magoffin welcomed approximately forty runners to the event to participate in the 5km or 10km event before briefing them on the course description, which took runners from the undulating Mt Pleasant suburb towards the City Centre for the 5km runners and beyond towards The Fish Markets for the 10km. Several runners competed very well, extending themselves into unknown territory including Carolyn Steginga, who completed her first 10km.  Carolyn was very excited to reach the milestone distance, despite her pre run jitters.  Junior runner, Jamie Sanders ran a well-paced 10km to cross the line first ahead of local running champion, Shawn Claydon. Jamie and Shawn were shoulder to shoulder with approximately five hundred metres to go, when Jamie surged forward to take the overall lead.  Ashleigh Davies easily cruised the 10km field as did Alana Ford, Carmel Mahon, Chris Skinner, David Isbister, Peter Wright, Peter Ford, Ricky Parker, Josh Bornman, Simon Henderson, Judy Zahn, Vicki Vickers, Andy List, Julie Whibley and Jo Skinner. Rachel Silvestri maintained her winning ways, easily skimming over the 5km course ahead of Layla Sanders, Maddy Price, Jamie Bornman and Colin Hardy. Many thanks to race day set up volunteers, Andrew Short, Sandra Henderson and Tim Magoffin.

This Sunday's Robbo's 61 Steps 5/10km event commences from the Gordon White Library carpark, Mt Pleasant.  Runners are required to be signed on with the Registrar and Timekeepers by 3:50pm sharp with racing to commence at the gun time of 4pm.  Runners must also have their individual computerised timing chips fastened securely to their shoes and their race number plate on the front of themselves.  Casual day runners are welcome to attend, however an official race time will not be formally recorded.  Members results are usually uploaded to the mackayroadrunners.com website within 24 hours, however, if not, please be patient as there may be processing issues.

Forsyth's Accountants 5km/10km Club Championship

Jun 18 2017

Mackay Road Runners Club President, Tim Magoffin, welcomed over fifty runners to the annual Forsyth’s Accountants 5km Junior and 10km Senior Club Championship races. Among the competitors were race sponsors, David, Bernie and Cameron Forsyth and their gun runner employee Shawn Claydon, who placed 2nd in the 10km open male section. That’s not saying that Cameron, David and Bernie aren’t gun runners, however, I do believe there were a few cramps after the race but one of them.

Forsyth’s Accountants are to be congratulated for being an integral part of the Mackay Road Runners Club as a race sponsor for over ten years. David and Bernie Forsyth have also been involved personally with the club for approximately thirty years with them both earning themselves many trophies for their running achievements.  They have also been a vital part of the Club’s committee, assisting in many volunteer roles throughout that time.

Home on holidays from USA, University student and athletic scholarship recipient Liam Mumford, took gold in the 10km event over past champion, Shawn Claydon. Third placed junior, Hunter McGovern chose the longer distance, running exceptionally well among his older and more experienced rivals including fourth placed Mark McFadzen, who earned the final open club championship points.

Ashlee Scott maintained her winning ways to clinch first in the female 10km and fourth overall ahead of second placed Ashleigh Davies, with Carmel Mahon collecting the final podium placing.

Exceptional junior runner, Will Morgan took maximum junior club championship points in the 5km over older junior rival, Josh Bornman followed by first female Rachel Silvestri.  Rachel has been in stunning form, once again breaking the tape first for the girls ahead of Lauren Morgan, Tahlia Campbell and Maddy Price.

There were some excellent performances from juniors and seniors alike, including over seventies competitors, Stuart Sprott and David Isbister. Indiana Brough, Jamie Bornman, Alan Zamparutti, Leon Ryan, Ulrika Widdowson, Jo Hughes, Greame Harris, Scott McIntosh, Cilla Martland, Jan Smith, Jose Short, Simon Henderson, Chris Skinner, Nikki Giles, Michael Feenaghty, Bill Morgan and Lee Taylor ran well to place highly in their events and age categories.

Many Thanks once again to awesome sponsors,  Forsyth’s Accountants and race day volunteers Tim Magoffin, Andrew Short, Lindsey Wiggins, Jose Short, Sandra Henderson, Ange Furdek, and Bernadine McKinnon.

Congratulations to the many local runners who raced the Whitehaven Beach Half Marathon, 10km and 5km, which is a must do on every runners’ calendar. Hamilton Island’s Steve Jackson is the awesome Race Director of this event and as usual organised a very successful outing where runners and supporters thoroughly enjoyed his and his staff’s hospitality in the unique surroundings of the iconic destination.

Marina Run & Sad Farewell

May 28 2017

The much anticipated annual BMA Mackay Marina Run in support of the Mackay Branch of the Leukaemia Foundation is only a few days away, with thousands of runners already nominated in events from three kilometres to 21.1km.  Race Ambassadors, Steve Moneghetti and Mackay's home grown running legend, Benita Willis will be mingling with runners and supporters from Friday's evening's 'meet and greet' at the Ibis Motel, through to Saturday afternoon’s race bag collection and of course, race day! 

However, to secure your place at the Friday night event and race registration, go online now, as online race registrations close Friday afternoon. Those who wish to still nominate to run will have to present themselves at the Marina Restaurants carpark precincts  from 12pm to 5pm. Please note to bring cash as EFTPOS facilities will not be available and your race shirt size is not guaranteed.  There will be no late nominations accepted or race bag collection on race day due to race day logistics.  Check out relevant and very important information www.mackaymarinarun.com   including course maps, parking, start times, presentations, etc.

Mackay Road Runners would like to extend their warmest wishes to Sandy, Allyce and Brenton Marchetti, June Hackett, Janelle & Paul Tilse and family, Jo & David Hughes and extended family and friends for the tragic loss of their beloved husband, father, brother, brother-in-law and uncle, who passed away whilst attempting to summit Mt Everest last week.  Among his many attributes, Frank was an excellent runner and the BMA Mackay Marina Half Marathon was one of his favourite local events.  Frank's unique attempt at securing the lead for as long as possible to the first roundabout in the Half Marathon has been legendary throughout the Event's history, however, to the many of us who know and love him, his personal goal in achieving this, as well as running his quickest ever first kilometre was a goal he set himself every year. Many a southern running star has  been stunned by this "unknown's" lightning bolt start and short-lived lead.  It goes without saying his awesome personality will be sadly missed in so many sectors of the local community, as well as interstate, nationally and internationally. His involvement in so many areas allowed him to express his challenges and goals like no other......bye Frank......love you lots!

Mt Bassett 5 & 11km

May 21 2017

Mackay Road Runners held its annual Mt Bassett 5km & 11km in very warm conditions at a 4pm handicap start from the beautiful precincts of New Mulherin Park, East Point Road.  Over fifty runners including many new athletes competed across the two events, with the course meandering from the southern end of East Point Road onto Harbour Road, including ascents of the very testing Mt Bassett.  Club President, Tim Magoffin and Asset Manager, Andrew Short, Registrar, Sandra Henderson, Timekeepers Lindsey and Matilda Wiggins and Arbrey Graves were the awesome race day volunteers which included setup/pack up, timekeeping and race nominations.......they are among many valuable Members assisting the club's race day activities and ongoing success.

The handicap start race saw junior runner Jamie Sanders well back in the 11km field as the last starter due to his awesome running ability.  Jamie ran with exceptional maturity to chase down senior top class runners, Shawn Claydon and Ryan Palazzi who both bolted from the starter's gun a few minutes ahead of him.  Shawn had the fastest time ahead of Jamie by only two minutes, however the handicap winner on the day went to new runner, Chris Skinner. Second place was new Mum for the sixth time, Kathleen Munn, having had her last baby only ten months ago......amazingly gifted athlete! Third on handicap, Finn Zamparutti, ran extremely well ahead of fast finishers, Jo Skinner, Jared Spence, Craig McGahey, Emma Goodman-Jones, Matt Graves, Greame Harris and Stuart Sprott. Michael Feenaghty finished just outside the top ten by three seconds, followed by Alan Zamparutti ten seconds later. Big improver, Sarah Jensen, currently in superb form, was next to finish two seconds later, with Charlie Bone, one second later. Congratulations to Carmel Mahon on being the fastest female, placing 16th across the finish line based on her handicap start.

In the 5km handicap start, impressive Rachel Silvestri recorded the fastest time overall, however, Simba Walz crossed the line first on handicap and the fastest male time. Paige Stolberg easily cruised over the course, claiming second place on handicap ahead of her older rival and biggest supporter, Edan Stolberg. Layla Sanders, Lauren Morgan and Mark Walz crossed the line next in quick succession with Rachel in seventh handicap place. Carolyn Steginga's eighth place was less than one minute ahead of Paul Tilse, Kim Saron, Emma Carlos, Colin Hardy, Leanne Connor, Jenene McLellan, Russell VandenBosch, Hayden Connor and Sandra Henderson.

This Sunday's 5km & 11km North Wall Harbour beach run commences 4pm from Cathy Freeman Oval, Slade Point.  All Members are to arrive at least thirty minutes prior to gun time with their timing chip and race numbers securely attached.  Non-members are most welcome to run however, their time will not be recorded on the formal results....please register to become a Member for minimal cost to be eligible for Member benefits, including formal results, emailed updates, newsletters, trophies,etc....

The BMA Mackay Marina run is less than two weeks away......do NOT miss out, register online now in your choice of events, as well as a unique Friday evening with race Ambassadors, Benita Willis and Steve Moneghetti!  If you don't run and want to be involved.....contact the Mackay Road Runners Club .......all assistance is much appreciated. 

Casu Jacks Pre Mothers' Day 5/12km

May 14 2017

Despite the cool, windy and rainy conditions last Saturday morning, Mackay Road Runners, had an outstanding turnout of over forty runners at the annual Casu Jacks Pre Mother’s Day 5/12km run from Casu Jacks Cafe, Mackay Marina.  As runners made their way towards Harbour Road, one ascent of Mt Bassett, of course, was included in both events, much to the delight of all runners.....not!   Casu Jacks hosts, Pauline and Gary were very much appreciated by the runners and supporters for their awesome post-race breakfasts available for purchase, as well as the Mother's Day themed random draw prizes donated by Mackay Road Runners Club. The handicap start 5km and 12km races commenced from 6.30am in the pouring rain, which then made way for cold breezes in the mid to later stages of the races. The adverse conditions eased as the final runner crossed the line, leaving runners to relax with a hot breakfast/coffee, etc..... for the post run prize giving.

Excellent running saw Jo Skinner win the 5km handicap event followed closely by Hannah Morgan and Craig McGahey. New Club runner this year, Bill Morgan, once again, stepped up, cruising to the finish line in the 5km, one full minute ahead of school buddy from the seventies, Paul Tilse. Bill's son, Will scorched over the course closing in fast to cross the line six seconds behind Paul.  Matthew Jurak and Hayden Connor followed in quick succession, with second female on handicap, Ashlee Scott, only two seconds behind Hayden. Veteran runner, Cilla Martland was next followed by talented junior, Jamie Sanders, Leanne Connor, Layla Sanders, Ricky Parker and Sandra Henderson. Ricky would most likely have finished higher in the field, however, as he asked "where's the 5km turnaround".....at 8km, he did a wee bit more than 5km!

The 12km event saw young, Finn Zamparutti, stoked to break the tape first on handicap ahead of a very fast finishing Brendan Ridgley and Stuart Sprott and even more excited to be ahead of 4th placed Alan Zamparutti.  Fastest female in the 12km, Alana Ford, was next and also the first female to finish on handicap, followed by Jo Hughes, Lindsey Wiggins, Karla Hook, June Bradley and Scott McIntosh rounding out the top ten. Excellent performances were also on show by Martin Lambert, Andrew Short, Simon Henderson, Luke Schatkowski, Jan Smith, Judy Zahn, Vicki Vickers and Karen Low.

Many thanks once again to the race set up gang of Andrew Short and Tim Magoffin, both sensational once again, organising the course markers in the pouring rain. Soaking wet, Andrew,  then fronting up to race the 12km event, with Tim putting on his Race Director hat to advise runners of the course description, upcoming events and latest Mackay Road Runners news. Timekeepers, Millie Bishop, Brendan Bishop and Ashley Davies were super-efficient as usual, basing themselves in a tent, safe from the weather elements to record all Members' times for Brendan to collate and upload later in the day. Thank you...... the runners are so appreciative for their assistance week in, week out!

This Sunday's run is another super testing event from the Mackay Harbour New Mulherin Park (southern end), with distances of 5km & 11km and racing to commence 4pm sharp! Runners are reminded once again to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to racing so they can check in with the Registrar as registration will close strictly 10 minutes before the gun.  With the new computerised chip timing system, the laptop must be closed off at that time, so that the handicapper/timekeepers can set up for the start and Race Director to advise race briefing.  All runners must adhere to the Race Director's instructions for their own safety as well as the Club's liability guidelines.

The BMA Mackay Marina Run is less than three weeks away!  Go online NOW to register for your event as well as the Friday evening meet and greet with Race Ambassadors, Olympians, Benita Willis and Steve Moneghetti at the Ibis Motel, Mackay Airport.  The committee are very excited with the progress of the event, so don't be disappointed, nominate now, don't miss out on the largest regional running festival as co-ordinated by the Mackay Road Runners and the local branch of the Leukaemia Foundation.

Alarm Guys & Icy Cup Guys 5km & 30km Club Championship

May 7 2017

The  Alarm Guys were the awesome hosts of the annual Mackay Road Runners 5km & 30km Club Championship race last Sunday morning.  The 6am start's cool conditions were perfect for running, as the sun rose and hid behind the clouds for most of the event. Over forty runners tested themselves with outstanding results across two events via the undulating course which took runners from the Bishop's residence in Vassallo Dr towards the beautiful country suburbs of Rural View, Farleigh, Habana and return.

Jamie Sanders had a great race, taking gold in the 5km, mere seconds ahead of Carl Pinkstone and Matt Graves. Good friends, Simba Walz and Finn Zamparutti were fourth and fifth consecutively, finishing less than once second between them. Peter Wright and Simon Henderson ran well to sneak under twenty-five minutes followed closely by Mark Walz (25:37) and Alan Zamparutti (25:40).  In the female 5km event, Ashlee Scott continued her winning ways with a sensational 18 minutes 59 seconds, one of only three to clock under nineteen minutes. Rachel Silvestri was once again impressive, crossing the line a minute later, racing well in the lead up to local secondary school cross country representation the next day. Jo Skinner scored the final podium position ahead of Jose Short, Ulrika Widdowson, Cilla Martland and Leanne Connor.

After the 5km run, Ulrika and Jose then charged out to assist 30km runners, with Ulrika cycling the course and Jose assisting Jo Hughes at several water aid stops. Many thanks to them as well as Stuart Sprott, Linda McFadzen, Ross Vickers, Ange Furdek and June Bradley. A special thank you to Andrew Short and Tim Magoffin who were up very early attending to the course set up, with Andrew then totalled warmed up to sprint the 30km run. 

In the 30km event, Mark McFadzen took out maximum open and age category Club Championship points, beating a quality field to cross the line in 2 hours 15 minutes and 44 seconds ahead of Greg O'Neill (2:20:20), Darren Binstead (2:28:19) and Jared Spence (2:28:20). Leon Ryan was impressive finishing just under 2 hours 30 minutes, with Tim Caddy and Wayne McMurtrie just seconds over the 150 minute mark. Carmel Mahon (2:31:50) was also outstanding, declaring her intentions early, setting the pace and retaining her lead, taking gold ahead of Ashley Davies (2:47:01) and training buddy, Karla Hook (2:52:38). Returning to form, Vicki Vickers (2:58:40) was fourth followed by talented veteran, Judy Zahn (3:02:34), Linda Wetherall (3:04:57) and Anna Walsh (3:12:40). Sarah Jensen's recent training kept her in good stead for her first 30km run, smashing the course, marginally ahead of Chris Webb, Bec Baird and Janine Bella. Ultra-marathon runner, Brianna Mouat was next, just minutes ahead of sensational over sixties runner, Carol Brown. A worthy mention should go to seventy-one year old David Isbister, who clocked an impressive 3 hours 31 minutes!

Young entrepreneurs of the The Icy Cup Guys, Millie and Hughie Bishop were excellent hosts and generous fundraising representatives with their assistants, Brendan and Julie Bishop, donating funds from the sale of their famous Icy Cups, tea/coffee and BBQ to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, who are a national book industry charity, which aims to reduce the disadvantage experienced by children in remote Indigenous communities across Australia, by lifting literacy levels and instilling a lifelong love of reading....well done guys....many thanks for getting up early and allowing runners to take over your house, garage and pool!

Mackay Road Runners remind runners this weekend's run is on SATURDAY morning - The 5/12km Casu Jacks pre Mothers' Day run commencing 6.30am from Casu Jacks Cafe, Mackay Marina.  Runners and supporters are welcome to stay post run for brekky and random draw prizes......all welcome, especially if you haven't bought your 'special' present for Sunday's most special day of the year!

Lagoons 'Nominate your time' 5 & 10k

Apr 30 2017

Approximately thirty Mackay Road Runners competed in the very social "Nominate your Time" 5/10km event last Sunday which commenced 4pm from the Lagoons Botanic Gardens Playground.  Club Captain Jim Ford and Volunteer Co-ordinator, Paul Tilse were in charge of recording runners' guesstimated times and collecting their timing devices.  Runners then had to run their event watch-free and cross the finish line in a time as close as possible to their nominated time.

In the 5km, winner, Bill Morgan's time was perfectly outstanding as he ran his time to the exact second. His twenty-three minute fifty second time was amazingly spot on, however, this pacing business must be a family trait, as his son Will, collected second prize for being the next closest to his predicted time. Both runners were ecstatic with their 'tick tock' and 'time-out' prizes, with Will gladly taking responsibility of getting them home in one piece....yeah right!

In the 10km event, Scott McIntosh was exceptional with his timing as well, being only three seconds off his pre-nominated time, therefore taking home the fabulous 'tick tock' bickies award.  Second place was almost sealed by Anthony Blines with a ten second differential, however, the final runner, David Isbister, scored a nine second difference to his guess, snatching the 'time-out' prize almost literally out of Anthony's hands.  Being the congenial, sharing and caring person he is, David was happy to share his prize with Anthony as they happily devoured the prize in a time much less than their 9/10 second race deficits....well done guys!

The fastest runners on the day belonged to Ashleigh Davies and Lindsey Wiggins in the 10km and Ashlee Scott and Will Morgan in the 5km with credible efforts also from Indiana Brough, Joshua Bornman, Maddie Price, Danielle Brough, Rawley Brough, Jamie Bornman, Ross Vickers, Judy Zahn, Rachel Silvestri, Vicki Vickers, Cilla Martland, Jan Smith, Jo Hughes, Kim Saron, Luke Schatkowski, Peter Wright, Matt Jurak, Leanne Connor, Simon Henderson, Karla Hook and Carmel Mahon.

Meanwhile, in overseas running news, The Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Marathon was run and won on the beautiful amended course at Dent Island. Hamilton Island's Race Director and Events Co-ordinator, Steve Jackson, was once again sensational in organising (and reorganising) the total event with a bevy of wonderful volunteers......Congratulations, Steve, on a wonderful event, outstanding once again despite Cyclone Debbie's spiteful efforts!  The winner of the Half Marathon was local Mackay runner, Carl Pinkstone, notching a sensational win in one hour thirty-two seconds over super credentialed runners, Townsville's Sam Stedman (1:34:27) and Race Ambassador, Steve Moneghetti (1:35:41).  Carl's awesome efforts were nothing short of spectacular as he blitzed the Dent Island course in sizzling fashion. Carl was one of many local runners who supported the 11th anniversary of this event, including Wayne McMurtrie (5th) and race sponsor, Martin Lambert (7th) in the Marathon.  There was a record number of Individuals and teams in the half marathon which included local fitness groups, Esafe Fitness, Triactiv8 and Step into Life. Mackay Road Runners half marathon individual runners, Greame Harris, Darren Binstead, Leon Ryan, Andrew Short, Andrew Wallace, Jose Short, Kristian Safe, Emily Wicks, Jo Skinner, Glenn Stephens, Janine Bella, June Bradley, Karen Low, Jenny Harmer, Di Clulee, Bernadine McKinnon and Ulrika Widdowson thoroughly enjoyed the Hamilton Island event and hospitality as did junior runners, Jackson Harris (3km) and Axel Safe (500 metres) and Charlee Binstead (500 metres).

The next Mackay Road Runners event will be held this Sunday from 39 Vassallo Drive, Glenella at 6am.  The 30km and 5km Club Championship event will be hosted by the Bishop Family with the usual treats on offer.  The Icey Cup Guys, Milly and Hughie, have stepped up once again, however, their stock will feature two flavours this year at fifty cents each.  The Bishops will also be supplying a BBQ breakfast, tea and coffee with donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation who are a national book industry charity, which aims to reduce the disadvantages experienced by children in remote Indigenous communities across Australia, by lifting literacy levels and instilling a lifelong love of reading.  Mackay Road Runners appreciate the Bishop's awesome generosity therefore, please support their wonderful time and efforts in staging the event from their house as well as offering delicious treats for a worthy cause......thankyou Millie, Hughie, Julie and Brendan!

The BMA Mackay Marina Run in only one month away!!!!! With early nominations closing on 30th April, registrations are still open, however your race singlet/shirt size is now not guaranteed.  Go online now to secure your race spot as well as booking in for the Friday Night pre-race social event with Race Ambassadors, Benita Willis and Steve Moneghetti. 

Farmers Long Gallop 6 & 17k

Apr 23 2017

Approximately thirty runners braved the legendary annual Farmers 6km & 17km Long Gallop which was held last Sunday morning in the teaming, sporadic rain from the residence of Mackay Road Runners' Life Member, Agnes Farmer.

Mackay Road Runners Club President, Tim Magoffin welcomed approximately forty runners and supporters as he described the very technical course which took runners from the North Mackay suburban streets through Slade Point and Andergrove, back to the start via the beautiful Gooseponds parklands.

In the 6km race, the fastest time went to speedy Ashlee Scott in twenty-three minutes fifty-three seconds, only minutes ahead of Shelley Binney (29:05) and Lauren Morgan (29:10). The 6km male section was taken out by talented junior runner, Benji Binney (23:58), Matthew Smith (27:09) and Anthony Blines (29:14).  The top ten handicapped placings as they crossed the line went to Matthew Smith, Anthony Blines, Benji Binney, Lauren Morgan, Bill Morgan, Ashlee Scott, Shelley Binney, Cilla Martland, Brendan Bishop and Sandra Henderson.

In the 17km race, runners had to face several challenges other than the heavy raindrops including undulations of Harbour and Slade Point Roads with a relatively flat middle section through Andergrove before the testing hills of Norris Road onto Malcomson Street and the Gooseponds to the finish line, where the handicapped winner was eventually Craig McGahey, over second placed Jo Skinner, with Matt Graves snatching the bronze medal from Alana Ford by a mere ten seconds. The fastest top ten 17km times were clocked by Mark McFadzen (1:13:51), Greg Neill (1:14:44), Craig McGahey (1:19:07), Mitchell Thompson (1:19:47); Alana Ford (1:21:08); Ricky Parker (1:21:09);  Leon Ryan (1:22:18); Michael Feenaghty (1:22:51); Matt Graves (1:23:14) and Ashley Davies (1:25:25). There were some excellent performances across the very strong field, including Andrew Short, Karla Hook, Vicki Vickers, James Wortley, Jo Skinner, June Bradley, Judy Zahn, Peter Wright, Robyn Madill, Emma Goodman-Jones, David Isbister, Brenda Windsor, Stuart Sprott and Luke Schatkowski.

Many thanks to Agnes and her neighbour, Denise's hospitality so very early on Sunday morning as well as course setup/briefing, Andrew Short and Tim Magoffin, race day volunteers, Brendan Bishop, Lindsey Wiggins, Carmel Mahon, Sandra Henderson, Jose Short, Jared Spence and Ross Vickers.

Endurance running enthusiasts are now looking forward to this weekend's Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Marathon which will be held on Sunday morning on an amended course on the spectacular Dent Island.  Get ready for a massive day of awesomely breathtaking vistas and testing undulations on the internationally renowned Dent Island Golf course. Check out the Hamilton Island accommodation specials on line for participants and their families!

In the meantime, locally, whilst the Hamilton/Dent Island event will be all done and dusted, Mackay Road Runners will hold a social 5km/10km Lagoons Scurry 'nominate your time' race this Sunday at 4pm at the playground end of the Lagoons Botanic Gardens (T-junction of Lagoon and Jackson Streets, West Mackay).

Also, DO NOT  forget to register online asap for the BMA Mackay Marina Run for your choice of events from 3km to 21.1km or volunteer your time to help out on race day.....all welcome!

Zambreros Burrito Bolt 5 & 10k

Apr 16 2017

Zambreros in the Mackay City Centre were the awesome hosts of the Mackay Road Runners Zambreros Burrito Bolt held Easter Sunday at 4.30pm. Over forty runners and supporters converged on the popular restaurant to firstly, tackle their respective events, a very social 5km or 10km, then enjoy the post run hospitality and comradery offered by Proprietor Peter Quinn and his fabulous staff.  The weather conditions were perfect for a walk or run from Zambreros towards the Bluewater Trail and beyond depending on race options.  Mackay Road Runners Club Captain, Jim Ford thanked Peter and his wonderful staff for allowing the Club the privilege of holding the event and for the excellent refreshing free post run slushies.....very much appreciated!

Mackay Road Runners welcomed out of town athletes from Yeppoon (Terri Fallis) and Brisbane (Megan Ross) amongst the many locals competing in the social 5km & 10km events which took runners from Zambreros onto the beautiful Bluewater Trail to the Ron Camm Bridge where the 5km competitors turned for home and the Landsdowne Road/Botanic Gardens Roundabout turnaround for the 10km runners.  Talented runners, Wayne McMurtrie and Alana Ford were first male and female to cross the line in the 10km, with speedy youngsters, Benji Binney and Maddy Price first in the 5km.

Meanwhile, the rest of the field who performed extremely well included Derek & Sammy Woods, Craig McGahey, Jo Hughes, Julie Bishop, John Rodden, Jose Short, Robyn Madill, Andrew Short, Jenny Smith, Cilla Martland, Peter Wright, Ashley Davies, Martin Lambert, Mark McFadzen, Tim Caddy, Indiana Brough, Jamie Bornman, Leon Ryan, Karla Hook, Matthew Smith, Daniel Stampa, Carmel Mahon, Vicki Vickers, Adam Knesevic, Paul Tilse, Ross Vickers, Carolyn Steginga, Shelley Binney, Brenda Windsor, Simon Henderson, Sandra Henderson and Peter Ford.

Mackay Road Runners next weekly event will be this Sunday morning from 62 Evans Avenue, North Mackay starting 6.30am. Mackay Road Runners Life Member, Agnes Farmer is the delightful host of the long standing annual event, The Farmers Long Gallop, which includes a 5km and 17km run from her residence. Runners are reminded to arrive at least thirty minutes prior to race start with their numbers and timing chips attached.  Members are requested to check the race day volunteer list online mackayroadrunners.com to ensure the success of this and future weekly events.....many thanks to you! Runners and their supporters are very welcome to stay for the post run refreshments.

The BMA Mackay Marina Run is approximately six weeks away, check out mackaymarinarun.com for all the details regarding registration and the 'not to be missed' inaugural Friday evening event where running legends and BMA Mackay Marina Run Race Ambassadors, Steve Moneghetti and Benita Willis will be in attendance. The 2017 BMA Mackay Marina Run is expected to be one of the best in its ten year history.....do not miss being part of the region's largest and most successful running festival!

The Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon is ON!!!!!!!!!!!!  Hamilton Island Race Director, Steve Jackson and major sponsor, Stamford Financial's Martin Lambert confirmed the Island and the run is open for business......go on line now to register and support one of the best organised and most enjoyable trail running events in the World.  Unfortunately, the usual course will be altered to accommodate the damages done by Cyclone Debbie, however, Steve has promised the same 'wow' factor will be on show as usual.  This is an event and location not to be missed, please support them.

Rural View 5/10km

Apr 9 2017

Last Sunday afternoon, the Mackay Road Runners Rural View 5/10km event was a very challenging affair with approximately fifty runners meandering through the undulating Rural View suburban streets towards the treacherous Lookout Loop.  The race start had all Members starting on their official handicap, therefore, with the staggered start, all runners had the opportunity to chase down runners as opposed to a scratch start where all runners start as one.

Handicap 10km winner, Jared Spence ran extremely well, covering the course in an exceptional time, as did Greame Harris, Shawn Claydon, Ricky Parker, Stephen Oberg, Derek Woods, Andrew Wallace, Russell Vandenbosch, Merv Shields, Stuart Sprott, Shane Barben, Mark Walz, Michael Feenaghty, Charlie Bone, Matthew Jurak, Josh Eisemann, Calvin Franklin, Matt Graves, Simon Henderson and Peter Ford. Speedy, Ashley Davies was the first female runner to cross the line based on her handicap start ahead of fast finishing Jo Hughes, Bernadine McKinnon, Alana Ford,  Sarah Jensen, Carmel Mahon, Karla Hook, Ulrika  Widdowson, Jan Smith, Vicki Vickers and Julie Whibley.

Junior runners in the 5km, Jamie Sanders, Joshua Bornman, Will Morgan, Matthew Smith, Benjamin Binney, Jamie Bornman, Lauren Morgan, Maddy Price, Hannah Morgan, Rachel Silvestri and Layla Sanders placed highly in a handicap start against their more experienced senior counterparts, Paul Tilse, Bill Morgan, Sandra Henderson, Leanne Connor, Ashlee Scott, Jenene McLellan, Peter Wright, Colin Hardy, Carolyn Steginga, Daniel Stampa, Cilla Martland and Emma Crozier.

Club President, Tim Magoffin and son Matthew, did a great job setting up the course as well as undertaking the timekeeping duties, whilst Anthony Blines and Scott McIntosh were the awesome volunteer race day course marshals, Simon and Sandra Henderson on Registrar duty and Bernadine McKinnon & Ulrika Widdowson on merchandising.

Runners are now focussing on the annual social 5/10k Zambreros Burrito Bolt on Easter Sunday at 4.30pm from the Zambreros restaurant, cnr Gregory & Gordon Streets, Mackay City Centre. Runners and their supporters are most welcome to stay post-race for refreshments for purchase from the awesome licensed Zambreros restaurant.

In interstate news, Moranbah Runner, Gary Jenkinson raced the Canberra Marathon in very cool conditions. Gary's time of 3hrs 47 minutes was not his personal best time, however, although disappointed, he has notched yet another marathon to his already loaded belt of Australian and international marathons. Local runners Martin Lambert, Jose & Andrew Short, June Bradley, Mark Takagaki and Karen Lowe travelled to Tasmanian for several days of scaling the many heights of a multitude of trails in the beautiful Apple Isle of mountainous Tasmania. The crew joined experienced World Mountain, trail and ultra running champion, Hanny Allston as well as Graham Hammond from Find your Feet running tours who led the locals on a very unique experience.

NOTE: The committee of the BMA Mackay Marina Run on 4th June advise early bird nominations have been extended, therefore, if you have not nominated in an event, jump on line NOW www.mackaymarinarun.com - don't miss the opportunity to meet Race Ambassadors, Mackay Olympian, Benita Willis and Victorian Olympian Steve Moneghetti as well as challenge yourself in a multitude of event options, including 3km, 5km, 5km Corporate Challenge, 8km and 21.1km.  Funds raised via the 5km Corporate Challenge will all go to the Mackay Branch of the Leukaemia Foundation.

Blue Water Quay 5/10km Team Event

Apr 2 26 2017

Due to the unrelenting and dangerous effects of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, the Mackay Road Runners designated race, The Eungella Half Marathon Trail run had to be postponed to a date to be confirmed later in the year.  Race Director, Matt Stevens and his Team made the tough but only decision they could based on the safety of all participants and volunteers. Many thanks to all for their understanding and patience at this time, however, once a date has been confirmed all entrants will be informed, therefore, watch this space, Facebook and the Mackay Road Runners site for updates.

Due to the much improved monsoonal weather conditions, in lieu of the Eungella event, Club Captain, Jim Ford notified Members of a 5/10km social run from the Bluewater Quay at 5pm last Sunday.  Jim's concept of involving everyone, fast or slow, was once again very impressive, where he organised teams with a balance of abilities. Teams were split with one half running East along the Sandfly Creek pathway and the other half heading over The Forgan Smith Bridge. Runners then met back at the start before crossing over to do their share in the other direction with the winner being the whole Team who arrived at the finish line first.

A talented team including Jenene McLellan, Russell VandenBosch, Jarred Spence, Jamie and Layla Sanders were first, clearly impressed with their coveted prizes from Jim's secret stash of social event trophies.  The best looking team consisting of Carmel Mahon, Caroline Steginga, Brenda Windsor ad Sarah Jensen were also the fifth runners up, however, unfortunately there was no prizes other than their adulation of each other's awesome supportive efforts.....congratulations Girls!

There was also some other outstanding efforts, including Josh Eisemann, Norm Dawes, Stephen Oberg, Martin Lambert, Andrew Wallace, Ashlee Scott, Simon Henderson, Charlie Bone, Lauren Morgan, Shawn Claydon, June Bradley, Mark Takagaki and Hannah Morgan.....with a notable mention to Anthony Blines for his sensational gigantic leap mid race.....very talented!

Runners are now looking forward to this Sunday's challenging 5/10km Rural View Run commencing 4.30pm from McCready Street, opposite the Northern Beaches Bowls Club. Runners are requested to arrive at least half an hour before gun time and park on the Northern Beaches Bowls Club side so as not to crowd McCready Street residents' access, with extra care taken crossing the very busy road to the start line. Runners are reminded to lace their timing chips on their shoes and wear their race number on the front of themselves.  Registration for the race is strictly cut off  at 10 minutes prior to racing so that a course briefing and any questions can be addressed.

Meanwhile, over the past week, ex Mackay junior runners, Jade Bidgood, Josiah McCarthy and Mitchell Kelly competed at the  2017 Australian Athletics Championships at Sydney Olympic Park with very successful personal results. In the under twenty 400 metres, Josiah clocked 51 minutes 80 seconds and finished 7th in his heat. Josiah finished sixth in the 800 metres heats (1:57:78), with Jade (1:57:18 - 6th) in his heat) and Mitchell Kelly (2:01:24 - 7th in his heat). Jade also ran the 1500 metres (4:05:38 - 6th in his heat). Mitch had to withdraw from the 5000 metres at the very last minute in the Call Room due to a chest infection he had been battling and therefore, did not get to compete in his pet event. Unfortunately, all boys missed the finals but recorded great times and were excellent representatives for their state.

Slade Point 5 & 16km Club Championship

Mar 26 2017

The looming Cyclone Debbie did not deter approximately fifty runners from competing in last Sunday's second Mackay Road Runners Club Championship event, which included hilly undulations around the coastal suburbs of Slade Point and Lamberts Beach, with a small portion of Andergrove in the middle.

Outstanding local runner, Ashlee Scott blitzed the entire field in her first 16km race to place outright first last Sunday morning from Magoffin's Slade Point residence.  Ashlee has been in superb form, looking sensational from the gun to the finish line, breaking the tape in an awesome time ahead of speedy male competitors, Mark McFadzen, Daren Galea and Greg O'Neill. Carmel Mahon took silver ahead of fast finishing Jose' Short to round out the final Senior Open club championship points placings. Rachel Silvestri and Jamie Sanders proved themselves, once again to be classy finishers, both claiming gold in the male and female Junior 5km Club Championship ahead of Will Morgan, Lauren Morgan and Hannah Morgan. Bill Morgan set a great pace, leaving the only Morgan left, Diane, happy to be cheerleader for her family.

There were many excellent performances from new runners, including Brendan Keates and Jonathon Jenner, as well as more experienced runners, Judy Zahn, Leon Ryan, Martin Lambert, Emma Goodman-Jones, Pamela Houston, Jo Hughes, Julie Bishop, Tim Caddy, Darren Binstead, Stephen Oberg, June Bradley, Simon Henderson, Greame Harris, Leanne Connor, Sandra Henderson, June Bradley, Karlee Hayden pushing the running pram with one year old Zane, Charlie Bone, Michael Feenaghty, Robyn Madill, Jo Skinner, Andrew Short, Jarred Spence, Ryan Palazzi, Sarah Jensen, Craig McGahey, Melissa Harris, Vicki Vickers, Shane Barben, Karen Lowe, Kristian Safe, Anna Howell, Stuart Sprott, Ross Connor, Bernadine McKinnon, Merv Shields and Brenda Windsor.

Many thanks to race day set up crew, timekeepers, water stop, etc including Russell VandenBosch, Brendan Bishop, Tim Magoffin, Andrew Short, Suzie Silvestri, Rachel Silvestri, Linda McFadzen and awesome Leukaemia Foundation representatives, Barry & Christine Comben who flipped his unique annual Bacon & Egg Magoffins to perfection on the barbie.  Many thanks to Tim and his family for the use of his awesome pool area and BBQ for which a donation to the Leukaemia Foundation was the only request. 

This Sunday's annual Eungella Half Marathon Trail Run will definitely be a muddy, leachy affair, therefore, all runners are warned to prepare as best they can.  There will also be the usual coveted award for 'The Most Muddy' on offer and as the winner over the past two years, Glenn Baker has left town, the competition will be wide open to whomever can arrive at the finish line the filthiest, which should be an easy achievement this year, therefore, a tough decision for the judges.  Presentations will be held post-race in the dining area at the Eungella Chalet, therefore runners and their supporters can purchase refreshments from the bar area. Please note that nominations for the event have closed, therefore, to ease congestion for the volunteers, runners are urged to please arrive at least half an hour before the 8am start as there will be approximately ninety runners collecting their race bag/numbers.  Racing will commence 8am sharp... race numbers are to be secured to the front of yourself (not at the back) so that it is very clear for the timekeepers and ease of results preparation.  Many thanks to race Director, Matt Stevens and his awesome team of volunteers and sponsors.... please thank them, as this is a huge race with many difficult logistics to organise.

Kmart Loop 5/13km

Mar 19 2017

The Mackay Road Runners 5/13km Kmart Loop attracted nearly sixty runners, gathering at the Gordon White Library Carpark last Sunday at 5pm in threateningly stormy conditions.  President Tim Magoffin briefed the eager runners on the very technical Mt Pleasant course which included many twists and turns, including the testing ascent of High Street and treacherous descent of Pollock Street.

In the 5km event, seventeen year old Jamie Sanders was exceptional taking gold ahead of talented sprint Queens Ashlee Scott and Rachel Silvestri, followed by outstanding youngster, Will Morgan.  Lauren Morgan, Ryan Barben, Hannah Morgan, Hayden Connor and Leon Barben also performed well in the steamy conditions.

In the 13km race, Carl Pinkstone ran extremely well to lead the field ahead of Shawn Claydon, Mitchell Thompson, Jared Spence, Craig McGahey, Scott McIntosh, Alan Zamparutti, Andrew Short, Michael Feenaghty, Anthony Blines, Simon Henderson, Tim Caddy, Charlie Bone, Paul Arvidson and Ross Vickers. Craig and Tim have been in top form of late with both recording personal best times at the recent 5km Club Championship. Alana Ford was in sprint mode from the gun, taking out the 13km female event ahead of talented rivals, Ashley Davies, Carmel Mahon, Jose Short, Karla Hook, Judy Zahn, Sarah Jensen and Jo Skinner.

Many thanks once again to our valued weekly and race day volunteers for their awesome efforts:- Tim Magoffin, Andrew Short, Cilla Martland, Stephen Oberg, Daniel Stampa and Paul Tilse.....they deserve our wholehearted appreciation so that members can do what we all love.....please say thank you often!

Runners are now looking forward to the second Club Championship event on the 2017 program, the 5km Junior and 16km Senior Slade Point Pub to Pub commencing 6am this Sunday from 367 Slade Point Road. The widely anticipated Blue Ribbon Event will have its usual delicious Bacon and Egg Magoffins on offer as well as a post-race dip in the pool for a gold coin donation towards the Mackay Branch of the Leukaemia Foundation. Runners are requested to arrive at least thirty minutes prior to the scratch start with registration closing ten minutes before gun time for a strict 6am start.  Many thanks to the Magoffins for hosting the event as they are in the middle of moving house, so it would be appreciated if the usual major consideration is given to Tim, Sandra, kiddies and Dougie for allowing us the use of their residence at this very busy time.

Runners are advised nominations for the Eungella Trail Run Half Marathon event on 2nd April are closing soon, therefore with no registrations taken on the day, runners are advised to go online ASAP to register. The event commences 8am from the beautiful precincts of the Eungella Chalet with presentations and refreshments for purchase pre/post-race in their dining area.  Many thanks to Sponsors, Race Director, Matt Stevens and his awesome team for organising the unique event.

Ocean International Canter 5/8km

Mar 12 2017

Mackay Road Runners Ocean International Canter 5/8km was held in warm, breezy conditions from the parklands precincts at the beach end of Bridge Road.  Approximately sixty runners enjoyed the first handicapped start race of the year, which was held  at 5pm last Sunday from the Far Beach Esplanade to the Town Beach Sandfly Creek pathway via the East Mackay residential streets and return.  President, Tim Magoffin explained the course and new computerised timing system before sending all runners off on their individual handicap start times. In a perfect World, the handicap start is a great way for runners of all abilities to have the opportunity to run at the front of the pack or chase down the rest of the field in a bid to all cross the finish line at the same time, however, this is rarely the case, depending on how individual athletes are performing on that particular day.  The handicap system is also a great way for runners to improve their times by trying to keep ahead of the faster runners for as long as they can and vice versa, the faster runners have the opportunity to chase down the field instead of usually being ahead of them.  Runners' handicaps will be adjusted throughout the year to allow for more even racing as runners consistently show improvement or drop off their pace.

New junior runner to the Club, Benjamin Binney was impressive in his first 5km handicap race, breaking the tape first ahead of a quality field of more experienced junior and senior runners. Benji is a quality athlete in various other sports including representative soccer where fast running is also crucial skill. He was in great company with other talented male juniors, including Will Morgan, Matthew Smith, Finn Zamparutti, Leo Walz, Hayden Connor, Simba Walz and Leon Barben.  Female juniors were also sensational with another new runner, Maddie Price slicing through the field in great style ahead of Rachel Silvestri and Lauren Morgan based on handicap start.

As with the 5km handicap start, Tim Magoffin and Matthew Magoffin were in awesome control of the new timing system, announcing the 8km runners to the start line to commence their race based on their handicap times.  With many new runners in the field, Handicapper, Shawn Claydon will be adjusting the handicaps as the season progresses, however today's winner over the 8km was Matt Graves marginally ahead of Jared Spence and big improver, junior runner, Ryan Barben. Male competitors who performed extremely well in the warm conditions were Martin Lambert, Alan Zamparutti, Charlie Bone, Mark Walz, Russell VandenBosch, Scott McIntosh, Simon Henderson, Andrew Wallace, John Rodden, Norm Dawes, Shane Barben, Stephen Oberg, Rosss Vickers, Andrew Short, Leon Ryan, David Isbister and Stuart Sprott. The first female based on handicap was talented Ashley Davies followed by Alana Ford and Sarah Jensen who were ahead of a bevy of talented runners including Shelley Binney, Jose Short, June Bradley, Carmel Mahon, Karla Hook, Ashlee Scott, Vicki Vickers, Pamela Houston, Bernadine McKinnon, Jan Smith and Brenda Windsor.

The final formal results including actual race times, handicap times and placings will be on the website as soon as final processing of the results can be completed.

Many thanks as usual to the awesome race day team of volunteers including race setup/pack up, handicapper, timekeeping, registrars, etc..... Runners are reminded to still wear their race # bibs on the front of their shirts and most importantly wear their timing chip laced to their shoe so that timing can be accurately recorded as they cross the finishing mat.

This Sunday's Kmart Loop scratch start 5km & 13km will commence from the Gordon White Library carpark with race day registration strictly cut off 10 minutes prior to the 5pm gun time. Members are requested to check the Club Calendar on the website to see if/when they are rostered on as the Volunteer List has now been updated and also emailed to Members. The Club appreciates and thanks you for your assistance.

Queens Park 5km Club Championship

Mar 5 2017

Approximately seventy runners braved the very warm, humid and breezeless conditions for the first Club Championship race on the Mackay Road Runners Program.  The 5km senior and junior Club Championship event commenced at 5pm from the Queens Park Rotunda, Goldsmith Street, with the course taking in the Town Beach Esplanade and East Mackay residential precincts, including Hoey and Dalrymple Streets before linking up briefly with The Esplanade into East Gordon Street for the final 1.5km stretch back into the Queens Park start/finish line.

Many talented junior and senior runners ran extremely well in the oppressively stifling afternoon heat, with Julian Picot taking gold and maximum Open Club Championship points ahead of first Junior and second overall, Jamie Sanders.  Shane Ward snatched third place from previous 5km Club Championship winner, Shawn Claydon, however Shawn still collects third place in the open senior Club Championship category. Other male competitors to dominate were Ryan Palazzi, Carl Pinkstone, Daren Galea, Hayden Connor, Lindsey Wiggins, Tim Caddy, Scott McIntosh, Mark McFadzen, Stephen Oberg, Greame Harris, Anthony Blines, Andrew Short and Ross Vickers.

The female section was tightly contested affair, with in form Ashlee Scott taking the win ahead of exciting junior talent, Rachel Silvestri and the unassuming quiet achiever, Ashley Davies (3rd).  Rachel took maximum Junior Club Championship points allowing fourth placed, Alana Ford to collect the final points available in the Open Senior Club Championship category.  Awesome running by the girls, including Layla Sanders, Caroline Steginga, Jose Short, Robyn Madill, Emma Goodman-Jones, Carmel Mahon, Karla Hook, Jo Hughes, Jo Skinner, Jan Smith, Sarah Jensen, Kim Saron and Cilla Martland.

A big welcome to all the new runners including Mitchell Thompson's 27 weeks pregnant wife, who easily completed the 5km in a great time. All runners need to be congratulated on their performances in the testing conditions, however, they were well rewarded post-race with the chance to randomly win one of twelve $25 Amart Sports Vouchers.  Members, their family and friends are reminded to visit Amart Sports and nominate Mackay Road Runners as their preferred Kickstart Club so we can accrue points which in return rewards us with an instore credit.  The Club utilises the credit to purchase vouchers for random draw prizes at various races throughout the year, thus giving back to the Club's Members/volunteers.

Many thanks to the Club's awesome race day volunteers - Timekeepers: Tim Magoffin, Ange Furdek and Julie Whibley; Registrars: Karen Low, Sandra Henderson; Merchandising: Bernadine McKinnon, Jose Short and Jess Harris; race setup/pack up: Andrew Short and Tim Magoffin; Results co-ordinator: Brendan Bishop and Handicapper, Shawn Claydon.

Congratulations to the BMA Mackay Marina Run's very successful 5km Twilight Launch run last Friday night which raised $3,200 for The Leukaemia Foundation.  Thank you to all who attended and volunteered in any way.....this is a great fundraising start towards the region's most popular and inclusive running festival which will be held on 4th June from the beautiful Mackay Marina precincts. The volunteer organising committee and sponsors are working extremely hard to promote the Event so The Leukaemia Foundation can attain much needed funds for their worthy cause.  The Mackay Branch of The Leukaemia Foundation and The Mackay Road Runners Club are the driving forces behind the Event, supported by many valuable major and minor sponsors with its ultimate focus being fundraising as well as improving health and fitness and enjoyment of the beautiful Mackay area and surrounding region.

This Sunday's Mackay Road Runner's 5km/8km weekly event commences 5pm from Quota Park at the Beach end of Bridge Road, East Mackay near The Ocean International Hotel.  Please note to register online as a member ASAP so that you can have your own numbered/personalised computerised timing chip formally recording your race time.  Please ensure that you arrive at least thirty minutes prior to race start, wear your race number on the FRONT of your shirt and check in with the Timekeepers.  Runners are urgently reminded to hydrate very well before and after any training or racing event, especially in the current weather conditions.

Tilse Toddle 5 & 10km

Feb 27 2017

Approximately eighty runners and their families supported the much anticipated annual 5km & 10km Tilse Toddle event from the West Mackay residential suburb last Sunday afternoon.  Conditions were extremely humid despite the slight breezes which were only fully appreciated upon the setting of the sun and completion of their run. The scratch start handicap 5km & 10km races commenced at 5pm in very warm conditions, however, runners were rewarded with post-race treats from Ange Furdek, Leanne Connor, Jo Hughes and hosts Paul & Janelle Tilse to alleviate some of the pain and suffering from their tremendous efforts.

Club President, Tim Magoffin welcomed all new and existing runners before giving the course description and outlining the new chip timing system currently being implemented and overseen by Brendan Bishop.  Many thanks to Brendan and his excellent team of timekeepers/registrar, Sandra Henderson, Jo Hughes, Leanne Connor, Ross Connor and Hayden Connor for their valuable assistance in having all runners checked in and recorded.  All runners need to register online asap to be a Member to be issued with a timing chip, which they keep for the year, however, should they forget or lose their chip, they will need to purchase a replacement or not have their race noted in the official results.  The preparation and cost of running the new timing system is significant and will greatly benefit the Members, many thanks to Brendan's awesome efforts in organising the funding to support this valuable asset.....so much appreciated.

Julian Picot and Ashlee Scott continued their excellent winning form to record gold medal placings in the 10km two loop race with Jamie Sanders and Rachel Silvestri taking out the top placings in the 5km race, and Carl Pinkstone, Ashley Davies, Maddy Price and Josh Bornman collecting the minor silverware in the 10km and 5km respectively. There were some outstanding performances from new runners, Diego Saglia, Luke Schatkowski and Emma Carlos as well as junior runners, Finn Zamparutti, Leo Walz, Simba Walz, Layla Sanders, Leon Barben and Ryan Barben. Many experienced senior runners displayed their sensational talents including Russell VanDenBosch, Greame Harris, Alan Zamparutti, Martin Lambert, Tim Magoffin, Stephen Oberg, Shane Barben, Peter Wright, Jose Short, Ange Furdek,  Judy Zahn, Merv Shields, Ricky Parker, Tim Caddy, Julie Bishop, Sandra Henderson Jan Smith, Erin Safe, Daniel Stampa, Caroline Steginga and Mark Walz.  Exceptional running by two of the Club's most awesome and inspirational runners, seventy-three year old Stuart Sprott and seventy-one year old David Isbister.....there is ALOT to be admired, respected and learnt from this pair!  A welcome return and congratulations to Josh Eisemann, who has actually done back to back consecutive weekly 5km's, also doubling up as a much needed boost and entertainment value for congenial rival Paul Tilse.

This Friday evening commencing at 6pm at a cost of $10, the BMA Mackay Marina Run in association with the Mackay Road Runners and the Mackay Branch of the Leukaemia Foundation will conduct its second annual Twilight Launch 5km run from the City Centre City Cinema carpark precincts. All funds will go directly to the Leukaemia Foundation, who are the major beneficiary of the BMA Mackay Marina Run's fundraising efforts.  Come one, come all to walk/run the 5km in a bid to start your training regime, if you haven't already, to support the Leukaemia Foundation and one of the Mackay Road Runners' Signature events, the BMA Mackay Marina run event on 4th June.

This Sunday's 5km run will be the first of the Club Championship races, commencing at 5pm from the Queen's Park Rotunda, Goldsmith Street.  All runners must register to be a Member online by 28th February to be eligible for valuable open and age category Club Championship points. 

With the formal running season now underway, Members are also requested to contact Volunteer Co-ordinator, Paul Tilse to note the date they can assist at one/more of our weekly events.  Many of our Committee Volunteers already have a heavy weekly Club workload with race setup/pack up, course marking, registrar, timekeeping, publicity obligations, etc....therefore, being able to volunteer at a race at least once throughout the year would be much appreciated.  If we do not get the required number of volunteers, Paul will assume it is ok to randomly draw Members' names out of a hat/shoe to attach to a random race. Therefore, please note your name on a race that will suit you prior to this otherwise if your name is noted down on a race you cannot attend, you will need to organise a replacement. Paul will email a list to the relevant volunteers when the list is finalised so they are aware of their timeslot.  Please note Paul will NOT be including committee members/current volunteers on the volunteer list, as they are already contributing way beyond expectations...once again, thank you so much to everyone, your efforts are amazing....they are mostly unseen so that the weekly events run as smoothly as they do!

Martel Marina Sprint Social 5 & 10km

Feb 19 2017

Last Sunday, approximately eighty runners delighted in the cloud covered 5km & 10km Martel Marina Sprint, named after Mackay Road Runners Club Life Member and running legend Charlie Martel. Club President, Tim Magoffin, welcomed the many new and returning runners to the second run on the formal 2017 Mackay Road Runners program, which goes from February to October.  The social 5km & 10km events commenced 5.30pm from the Harbour's Old Mulherin Park/Marina boat ramp precincts in very humid conditions with imposing rain clouds on the horizon.

Ashlee Scott led a quality field of runners to take out the 10km event in the two 5km loop course in an exceptional personal best time of 39 minutes 12 seconds.  Ashlee has previously shown sensational form in the shorter distances, however since stepping up to the longer events, she has proven to be an outstanding, talented and versatile runner. Ashlee is looking forward to testing herself on many of the Mackay Road Runners' weekly running events this year, which vary in distance from 1.6km to 30km. In the male section, Julian Picot continued his fine form to smash the ten kilometre run ahead of big improver, Carl Pinkstone. 

Mackay Road Runners Timekeeper, Brendan Bishop had a tough job on his hands trialling the new computerised timing chip system, especially as the stormy conditions escalated with thunder, lightning and eventually, rain, as he, his family and several roadrunners were there until the final runner crossed the line.  Mackay Road Runners are very fortunate to have Brendan take over the arduous role of timekeeping from previous timekeeping guru, Andy List, therefore, all runners are requested to be patient and understanding as the new system is implemented.  Runners are also reminded to listen extremely carefully at every race briefing given by the Race Director, as there will be important notices and information that must be adhered to, including the new timing rules and regulations, course descriptions, volunteer rosters, road safety, hydration, upcoming events, etc.... Many thanks to all race day volunteers, including race setup/pack up, timekeeping, registrar, merchandising, course marking, etc....

Volunteers from the Park Run organisers, Mackay Road Runners and the Leukaemia Foundation's BMA Mackay Marina Run Committee are hosting the weekly 5km Park Run from 7am at the Botanic Gardens, West Mackay.  All runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the no cost, social activity which is a great community event for everyone.  This event will be a great introduction in the lead up to the Mackay Marina Run's Twilight Launch 5km run in the City Cinema City Centre on Friday 3rd March at 6pm.  The Mackay Marina Run Twilight launch run is an excellent opportunity to commence your fitness regime in time for the main event, the BMA Mackay Marina Run on 4th June. An unbelievable amount of time, planning and preparation goes into the event by the hardworking committee, who meet regularly during every month from June to June. Entrants and volunteers are asked to start getting involved and motivated now, as the event is one of the most successful regional events on the running calendar.  The BMA Mackay Marina Run committee are very grateful for the generous long term support of Event Sponsor, BMA, as well as various Race Sponsors and in kind sponsors.....there would not be an event without them!  The Leukaemia Foundation encourages as many people as possible to make their fundraising goals the biggest and best yet so that the Foundation's valuable and costly work can continue to support the local community.

This Sunday's Mackay Road Runner's event will be the much anticipated annual Tilse Toddle 5/10km from 24 Johnson Street, West Mackay, commencing at 5pm.  Conditions have known to be variable from year to year, therefore, runners are advised to expect anything, ie heat/humidity/rain, after all it is summer and February!  Due to the large number of runners expected, runners are urgently requested to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to racing as the registration timing iPads will be strictly cut off ten minutes prior to race start, thus allowing our valuable volunteers to warm up for their run.  Runners are required to wear their race number on the front of themselves, as there is a GoPro camera at the finish line ie assists timekeeper should he experience any issues confirming runners' finishing order.  Runners must be mindful of parking obligations as this is a residential suburban street with an awesome neighbourly reputation.

For further information, visit Mackay Road Runners online and register now to become a Member for a very reasonable fee ($57 seniors - 18yrs to whatever!; $24 juniors - 12-18yrs).  Unfortunately, as in past years, there is no Family membership fee, just individual fees, due to new guidelines handed down as per our affiliation with Athletics North Qld. Becoming a Member by 28th February entitles you immediately to Handicap and Club Championship points which go towards coveted end of year open and age category trophies. Join now!

Marina Lighthouse 5km

Feb 12 2017

Mackay Road Runners' first formal run on the 2017 program was held in oppressively humid heatwave conditions from the Mackay Marina Lighthouse. Approximately seventy runners enjoyed the social 5km run onto the Breakwater wall's outer perimeter from the Marina boat ramp parkland precincts. Club Captain, Jim Ford was on hand to welcome many new and returning runners prior to the race start.  He advised members to register online before the end of February and to sign in on race day on at least 10/15 minutes prior to the race start, otherwise their time and points will not be registered on the formal results once the handicap point’s races commence in a few weeks' time.   Runners are urgently reminded to ensure their hydration and refuel intake prior and post-race is an important element of their training schedules. Whether runners are fast/slow/serious/casual, this is vital to their performance and recovery, not just on training/race days but for future body healing.

New runners who showed some excellent form included Mark Takagaki, Matthew Smith, Wayne McMurtrie, Jenny Smith, James Wortley, Madeline Price and Carolyn Steginga as well as returning runners, Peter Wright, Anthony Blines, Erin Safe, Joshua Bornman, Kristian Safe, Scott McIntosh, Alana Ford, Jose Short, Judy Zahn, Stuart Sprott, June Bradley, Anna Walsh, Derek Woods, Carl Pinkstone, Julian Picot, Leon Barben, Jo Skinner, Andrew Wallace, Paul Arvidson, Andrew Short, Ashlee Scott, Rachel Silvestri, John Rodden, Robyn Madill, Hayden Connor, Sarah Jensen and Charlie Bone.

This Sunday's 5/10km social run commences 5.30pm from the same location ie Old Mulherin Park at the Marina Harbour boat ramp carpark precincts.  All runners are urged to arrive at least thirty minutes prior to the scratch start so they can sign on and warm up in plenty of time for the volunteers to do likewise, as the cut-off time will be strictly ten minutes before the gun.  Please note to bring your own hydration requirements, however, water is available at the start/finish.

Many thanks to all the Mackay Road Runners who volunteered at the hugely successful Mackay Regional Council's Sports Expo and Sign on earlier in the day, especially Paul and Ryan Tilse who set up the day before and early on Expo day, as well as packing up after the event in the heat of the day.  The heat was a massive barrier for them and Mackay Regional Council's Ken Furdek and Mark Sleeman as they hauled several very weighty sandbags to ground the unmissable Mackay Road Runners blow-up arch anchored for the day at the Expo entry. Congratulations to Mackay Regional Council's staff including Ken, Mark, Karen Young, Linda Single, Donna Spada and Robert Ryan for organising another special event for the Community.

Boomerang 5km / 8.5km Team Challenge

Feb 5 2017

The Mackay Road Runners hosted its last summer off season social run last Sunday prior to the commencement of the 2017 formal program this weekend. A very successful and variable three month program was organised by Race Directors Jim Ford and Alana Ford with runners enjoying the unusual weekly course concepts, together with the very casual post run social aspect which included awesome hydration and refuelling treats. As always, Jim explains the course in great detail so that all runners have the opportunity to do whichever option they choose and hopefully not get lost.  The ever prepared Jim, had a risk assessment plan in place for himself by wearing a t-shirt with 'Ford' on the front, just in case in forgot his name!

The Boomerang Team Distance/Time Challenge was a unique event where all runners lined up via their dates of birth and were separated into teams after every fourth runner.  The challenge was for all runners, whatever distance they chose from the various kilometre options, to add the distance ran as well as the time taken by each individual, with the winning team gaining the coveted prize, ie bragging rights!

The heat and humidity played a big part in individual performances, however, teams were still very competitive, whilst enjoying the social nature of the event. Upon completion of the event, runners including Jo Skinner, Jo Hughes, Simon Henderson, Ashlee Scott, Carl Pinkstone, Bernadine McKinnon, Hayden Connor, Lindsey Wiggins, Will Morgan, Mitchell Kelly, Leanne Connor, Stephen Oberg, Tim Caddy, Martin Lambert, Layla Sanders, June Bradley, Jamie Sanders, Rachel Silvestri, Shane Barben, Andrew Short, Karla Hook, Anna Walsh and Jose Short enjoyed a grand finale off season celebration of the usual fruits and post-race hydration fluids as well as nutritious pumpkin and banana cakes, etc...

This Sunday will be a huge day for Mackay Road Runners with the Mackay Regional Sports Expo and Sign on at the MECC from 9am to 1pm followed by the first run on the formal 2017 Calendar at the Mackay Harbour boat ramp carpark/parkland precincts.  Many thanks to the volunteers at the Expo and all the weekly race days, it's YOU that make the Mackay Road Runners a very successful and enjoyable club to be associated with. Intending Members are encouraged to register asap.

Thank you to all those who attended and gave valuable input at the Annual General Meeting  last Monday and to those who volunteered themselves into the very significant and various roles required to run the Club.  Executive positions - Club President Tim Magoffin, Vice President/Publicity Officer Janelle Tilse, Treasurer/Handicaper Shawn Claydon and Secretary Alana Ford have accepted their roles with the vital supportive assistance of outgoing Secretary, Sandra Henderson, who's outstanding insight and knowledge in her three year term very highly valued and regarded by the Committee and it Club Members.

Outgoing Registrar Karen Baker and course marker, Glenn Baker will sadly be leaving the Club with a transfer to Brisbane in the next couple of weeks, therefore, a social run/walk has been organised by Julie Whibley this Saturday from the Shamrock Hotel at 5.30pm for those wishing to catch up and pass on their best wishes.  The Bakers have been an integral part of the club since they have been involved with both doing various time consuming roles on the Committee.....their valuable input, support and friendship will be missed!

North Wall 5 & 10km

Jan 29 2017

The Mackay Harbour North Wall was the place to be late last Sunday afternoon with the awesome sea breezes allowing runners a welcome reprieve from the stifling humidity throughout the weekend. Club Captain/Race Director, Jim Ford was in his usual good form, creating a challenging run course that contained a multitude of variety to suit all abilities, with the usual options for shorter and longer distances up to ten kilometres. Runners left from the beach precincts in front of the Harbour’s North wall tracking up the coastline towards Lamberts Beach Lookout via the hilly sand dunes and meandering bush trails before the homeward journey into a tough headwind.

Runners who enjoyed the challenging course included Julian Picot, Shawn Claydon, Carl Pinkstone, Ashlee Scott, Jo Skinner, Craig McGahey, June Bradley, Carmel Mahon, Tim Caddy, Paul Tilse, Stephen Oberg, Andrew Short, Robyn Richards, Emma Goodman-Jones, Robyn Madill, John Rodden, Peter Ford, Shane Barben, Leon Barben, Ryan Barben, Alana Ford, Karen Low and Jose Short.

With the 2017 formal Mackay Road Running program to commence in two weeks, Jim's off season summer social program has been a great asset to runners in retaining their fitness over the three month formal Club break from November to February.  The last summer off season run will be held this Sunday at 5.30pm from the Boomerang Hotel carpark precincts, with post run celebratory treats  for runners and their supporters. Many thanks once again to Jim and Alana Ford for organising the events and post run refreshments......so much appreciated!

The Annual General Meeting was held 30th January at The Grove, Andergrove Road, Andergrove with the formal committee still to be confirmed. The formal 2017 Calendar has been approved however, technical difficulties have been experienced and will be on the website soon.  Members can now register online with 2017 fees once again kept to a minimum, therefore, very reasonable for individuals and families. Mackay Road Runners are a very inclusive club and welcome all new and existing runners/volunteers to join in their weekly events.

Meanwhile, in international running news, Tim Magoffin enjoyed a family homestay swap break in Colorado over the Christmas break which involved many icey activities including the high altitude Denver 10km Polar Prowl run.  The minimum temperature was minus 16 warming up to a mild high of minus 13, however, Tim's usual organised self, had prepared the specialised running gear required in advance.   He was absolutely startled to see the eventual winner of the 10km start the event in shorts!

The community is reminded that Mackay Road Runners will be at the Mackay Regional Council's Sporting Expo and Sign-on at the MECC on 12th February from 9am to 1pm......all invited to visit them through the unmissable massive Mackay Road Runners blow up start/finish arch.

Congratulations to the Mackay Regional Council's (MRC) Australia Day committees for their awesome management of celebrations throughout the region including the spectacular Australia Day Awards Evening on Wednesday, 25th January, which had a record audience attendance of five hundred and forty, and was organised and hosted by MRC's Corporate Communication & Marketing Manager, Ken Furdek and his amazing staff. The MRC Mayor, Greg Williamson united on stage with Ken to present the coveted awards to the eventual winners.  Congratulations to the many nominees and to those who nominated them.

Magpies 57min Challenge

Jan 22 2017

The humid conditions did not deter over thirty Mackay Road Runners at their social summer Magpies 57 Minute challenge from Magpies Sporting Complex last Sunday afternoon.  The Jim Ford designed course had runners tackle the meandering roads and walkways of the Glenella and North Mackay suburbs towards Harbour Road. As usual, Jim considers and caters for a variance of running abilities, therefore, there were many options offered from 5km to 10km. 

Over thirty runners sprinted from the gun in a bid to reach the crucial turnaround point before they turned for the finish line in a bid to clock a time closest to the fifty-seven minute barrier. Runners performed extremely well in the challenging conditions including junior talented runners Jamie Sanders, Rachel Silvestri and Layla Sanders amongst the more experienced competitors of Julian Picot, Tim Caddy, Jim Ford, Ross Connor, Carl Pinkstone, Lindsey Wiggens, Stephen Oberg, Carmel Mahon, Andrew Short, John Rodden, Emma Goodman-Jones, Robyn Madill, Alana Ford, Jo Hughes, Sandra Henderson, Cath Riggs, Melissa Harris and Peter Ford. Many thanks to Jim Ford and Alana Ford for their sensational work setting the course, post-race refreshments and prizes.

Mackay Road Runners remind all runners, members and their supporters that the Club's Annual General Meeting will be held Monday 30th January from 5.30pm at The Grove, Andergrove Rd. Please give serious consideration to any assistance in the ongoing success of maintaining the Mackay Road Runners Club's awesome reputation and standing as one of the most respected sporting clubs in the community and wider region.

Member registration is now open - please register via the registration page on the website.
Website will soon be updated with current information for 2017 including the formal weekly 2017 Program of events:-
Annual Membership Fees for 2017 - $57 for Senior Member (18 years and over); $24 for a junior Member (12 - 17 years); Volunteer Member - no cost but please register.

Please note Wednesday social 5km runs are back to 6pm at Blue Water Quay; 5am Saturdays are continuing from Parkside Plaza, followed, of course, by coffee!!

Interested new/existing runners are advised that Mackay Road Runners will be once again on full display at the Mackay Regional Council's Sports Expo and Sign-on at the MECC on 12 February from 9am to 1pm. The unmissable Mackay Road Runners Start/Finish blow up arch/flags will be in full view.....all invited to have a chat to the friendly Mackay Road Runners group, as they look forward to YOU including them in any of your health, fitness or possibly a voluntary support role for 2017.

Plant Paget 10km Team Challenge

Jan 15 2017

Mackay Road Runners' Club Captain, Jim Ford's annual Plant Paget 10km course was once again a very technical event, where runners formed teams of three from differing age decades.  They then had to run towards well known landmarks in the Paget Industrial area where a specific symbol was marked.  The teams could designate individuals to split up and search for the nominated symbol, then regroup to note the symbol on their Captain's check sheet, with the team having all the correct symbols and back in the fastest time deemed the winner.  The fastest runners would not necessarily be the winning team, just whoever could organise themselves to find the symbols and be back to the finish line first, therefore, knowing the Paget area would be a distinct advantage. Teams were very excited and quite competitive as they sprinted onto the course to seek out the specific locations, endeavouring to be back first and within the hour to claim the coveted prize.

Julian Picot's team of Jose Short and Nikki Giles displayed some excellent navigational skills, with Nikki using her adventure racing experience to track down landmarks as well as staying on course and motivating the team.  Teams to do well included but were not limited to:- Carmel Mahon, Niamh Buckley, Brenda Windsor, Shawn Claydon, June Bradley, Tim Caddy, Stephen Oberg, Ross Connor, Melissa Harris, Karen Baker, Alana Ford, Ashlee Scott, Peter Ford, Robyn Madill, Andrew Short, Simon Henderson, Russell Van den Bosch, Glenn Baker, Bernadine McKinnon, Lindsey Wiggins, Carl Pinkstone, Ashlee Scott, John Rodden and Ulrika Widdowson.

Many thanks once again to Race Director, Jim Ford for setting up this particular time consuming course, where landmarks had to be noted and then any leftovers collected afterwards.   Jim spends an enormous amount of time constructing the innovative summer offseason events so that runners can enjoy a variance of concepts each week. His assistant, Alana Ford has also been amazing supplying prizes and post run refreshments each week with the gold coin donations by runners. Alana also proudly displayed the sensational new Mackay Road Runners towel which was organised by the Club's awesome Merchandising Co-ordinator, Ulrika Widdowson. The towels will be available for purchase for approx $40 and will be available in two colour choices (blue and black) by the start of the 2017 formal running program, therefore, those interested in purchasing can show their interest and order by emailing the Secretary at roadrunnersmackay@gmail.com.  Thank you Ulrika.....you have done a spectacular job!

Mackay Road Runners Annual General Meeting will be held Monday, 30th January at 5.30pm at The Grove Tavern, Andergrove. Intending Members, their family, friends and supporters are encouraged to attend and support the Club. All Committee positions are formally vacated and need to be refilled to ensure a successful 2017 season of running fun and comradery.....ALL welcome!!!!!

Member registration is now open - please register via the registration page.
Website will soon be undated with current information for 2017 including:-
Annual Membership Fees for 2017 - $57 for Senior Member (18 years and over); $24 for a junior Member (12 - 17 years); Volunteer Member - no cost but please register.

Please note Wednesday social 5km runs are back to 6pm at Blue Water Quay; 5am Saturdays are continuing from Parkside Plaza (followed, of course, by coffee) and the 2017 Calendar will soon be available on the website - look out for some exciting news re the King of the Mountain!

Harbour to Mt Bassett Hill Repeats 5 & 10km

Jan 8 2017

Approximately forty Mackay Road Runners eagerly took on the Mackay Harbour to Mt Bassett 5 & 10km event which included several repeats of the challenging Mt Bassett ascent and all without one drop of rain!

Before advising race instructions, Race Director, Alana Ford congratulated Ashlee Scott on her previous week's race organisation in the absence of Jim Ford and herself. The Mackay Harbour to Mt Bassett course included a one kilometre warm up run to the bottom of Mt Bassett and one ascent/descent to the peak before regrouping at the base for a series of hill sprint repeats. The lead runner, Liam Mumford, who was the formal 'whistleblower' (of a different kind), was in charge of sounding the alarm once he and the other lead runners, completed one lap of Mt Bassett. Upon hearing the whistle, all runners then stopped at whatever point they were on the hill for a thirty second rest. Once Liam blew the whistle to signal the end of the thirty seconds, runners returned to the pinnacle and back towards the start line for another thirty second rest.  Due to the variance of every runners' abilities, the course could be repeated four times or less depending of fitness levels, etc.... with runners then able to individually challenge themselves as hard/steady as they wanted, as the nature of the Summer Off Season Program is of a very social, casual nature. 

In addition to the challenge of sprinting the hills, Daren Galea made the track look easy as he pushed his nearly one year old son, Kane in the off-road pram beside his very supportive wife Karlee, who was happy to allow him the privilege of the extra bundle of joy.

Liam Mumford enjoyed his final run for several months with Mackay Road Runners before his 21st Birthday this week and his return to University in the United States on Saturday. Liam, once again excelled in the field of runners ahead of fellow talented runners, Shawn Claydon, Josh Bornman, Ashlee Scott, Lindsey Wiggins, Paige Stolberg, Nikki Giles, Carmel Mahon, Stephen Oberg, Wayne Zahra, Niamh Buckley and Alana Ford. Many thanks once again to Alana for her awesome efforts in supplying post-race treats/prizes with the gold coin runners donate each week, as well as being a great inclusive ambassador of Mackay Road Runners.

Congratulations to Mackay Road Runners junior runner, Mitchell Kelly who took out third in the Mackay Junior Sportsperson of the Year. Mitchell will now head to Brisbane this year to attend University and running full time.

This Sunday's social Summer program 5/10km event commences 5.30pm from the Railway Station carpark precincts, Connors Road, Paget.  The writer's images of this event last year was of extremely windy and very wet conditions, not dissimilar to the recent January conditions Mackay has been experiencing. Therefore, all runners are advised to take extra caution whilst sharing the roads with other traffic. Mackay Road Runners will utilise the Mackay Regional Council's awesome walking paths as much as possible to ensure the safety of all participants, however it is your responsibility to GIVE WAY to ALL traffic at ALL times.

Mackay Road Runners advise their Annual General Meeting will be held 30th January at The Grove Tavern at 5.30pm with all positions up for re-election.  Several positions have been notified as being vacant due to commitments known already, therefore, the Club would deeply appreciate those wishing to take on a formal role, big or small.....you will be very welcome and your interest/ideas will be greatly respected.

Mackay Road Runners intending Members will be able to register for the 2017 season online very soon.

New Years Day Base to Mater 5/10km

Jan 1 2017

Mackay Road Runners were raring to run on the first day of 2017 with a 5/10km social run from the Base Hospital carpark precincts. Approximately thirty runners braved the very humid conditions by utilising Mackay's unique Pioneer River views via the Bluewater Trail, Riverside Drive and the Ron Camm Bridge in a bid to start the running year off on a high.

In the absence of Race Directors, Jim Ford and Alana Ford, Ashlee Scott and Carmel Mahon did a great job explaining the 5/10km distances with options to vary the distance if they chose.  The offseason social runs are of a very social nature, therefore runners can opt to walk/run their desired distances within the designated course.

The running 'Mumford Sons' were in full force at the event with Liam, Ryan and Travis all taking part, but not a word was sung without the presence of the Mumford 'Dad' who was nowhere to be seen.

Ashlee Scott and Liam Mumford lead a quality field of runners including Greame Harris, Carmel Mahon, Stephen Oberg, Tim Caddy, Shane Barben, David Isbister, Jo Skinner, Craig McGahey, Brenda Windsor, Jo Hughes, Karen Baker, John Rodden, David Isbister and Robyn Madill.

Mackay Road Runners' junior athlete, Mitchell Kelly has been nominated for the Mackay Regional Council's Australia Day Sports Awards, therefore, we wish him all the best among a bevy of worthy nominees which will make the Judging Panel's job very difficult.

This Sunday's social run commences 5.30pm from the Mackay Harbour boat ramp carpark precincts and will include a meandering, flat one kilometre warmup, with the reward of some awesome ocean vistas after some minor ascent (Mt Bassett hill) repeats....ALL welcome, see you there.... for further info, see the calendar.