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Run Reports 2012

New Committee Meet

The first committee meeting prior to the 2012 running season was held recently at the G&S Engineering offices at Paget, courtesy of new Club President, Tim Magoffin. The committee engaged in proactive discussions relating to continuing the great work created by the outgoing 2011 committee, all with one thing in common, ie retaining the Club’s policy of being an all inclusive Club benefiting runners of all ages and abilities. A very big congratulations to the previous committee for an awesome job and a heartfelt thanks for passing on their precious knowledge and experience to the incoming committee. The formal 2012 season gets underway February through to October with social, no cost, group training sessions for varying distances all year round. Club fees for 2012 have slightly increased are due by 31st March – $50 Seniors, $25 Juniors, Family $100 with a weekly race fee of $2 for members and $5 for non-members. The club currently has a wide variety of racing distances on the Calendar ranging from 1.6km to 28km, although this also can be extended to include Marathon events (42.2km) where runners can set goals to run out of town events including, but not limited to the Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Townsville, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Burnie (Tas.), Boston, Zurich, England, etc… The Club invites input from all Members so that ideas can be discussed for approval at the monthly Committee Meetings (2nd Monday) – all members are most welcome to attend the monthly meetings.

For further information on any club events, check out www.mackayroadrunners.com.au; facebook or email moc.l1553656782iamg@1553656782yakca1553656782msren1553656782nurda1553656782or1553656782

Meanwhile, at last Sunday’s social 10km training run at the Mackay Harbour, champion runner and current Male Club Champion, Shawn Claydon set a very challenging, but beneficial course which included hills, sand dunes, beach running, situps,etc. The very humid, windy conditions prevailed for the entirie session, with the added incentive of thunder and lightning to speed the runners along. Several runners including Lisa Burns, Anthony and Cooper enjoyed the course, particularly the sandy bits.

End of Year Update

The Annual General Meeting for the Mackay Road Runners will be held this Saturday at 11am at the Mackay Surf Club.  The 2011 outgoing committee welcome anyone and everyone interested in assisting/promoting the club in any way, big or small to attend with any new ideas and suggestions up for discussion and approval going forward into 2012.   As all executive positions are up for re-election, with several definite vacancies on offer due to the unavailability of retiring volunteers in key positions, those interested are invited to attend or send a proxy on their behalf.  Refreshments are available for purchase with lunch provided to all attendees.

Mackay Road Runners capped off a very successful year, mainly due to the exceptional members and supporters that the Club holds in such high regard.  The hardworking volunteers within the club must be congratulated on guiding the Club to a record number of new members varying in ages and abilities.  One major focus of the Club is to encourage as many people to be aware of their health and fitness, whether it be running a marathon or completing their first 5km run – we want you!

A major highlight of the 2011 year was the very successful BMA Mackay Marina Run which was held on the first Sunday in June.  The event has grown significantly due to the support of local businesses, hundreds of volunteers and  over one thousand runners and walkers competing to raise funds for the local branch of The Leukaemia Foundation. Race Director, Sandy Strong and his committee have already been meeting for several months in preparation for the 2012 event.

The community is reminded that the Mackay Road Runners still run off season (Oct – Feb), conducting social, no cost training sessions on Wednesday at 6pm, Saturday 5am and Sunday 5.30pm. To confirm the varying  venues for each session, check out the website www.mackayroadrunners.com.au or facebook, or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427, Judy 49 577 194.  In addition, those wishing to take the first steps into running can also contact the very friendly Chris Evangelou at City Fitness Gym to check out the  ‘Lazy Runners’ training schedules.

Awards Received

Jade Bidgood and Anthea Ford were the proud recipients of the 2011 Laura Pettifer Inspirational Award for winning the male and female junior Eungella King of the Mountain 3.2km race earlier this year. Female winner in the 6.4km (full distance event), Judy Zahn presented the trophies to the talented juniors on behalf of Laura’s family, who have donated the trophy to the winners of this race for the last three years. Laura, who was a top class triathlete and talented sportsperson in various sports such as soccer, running, swimming, etc. was the reigning Eungella Queen of the Mountain in 2008, but was tragically taken in an accident in December of the same year whilst on a training bike ride. Laura’s parents, who live interstate, have generously donated a beautiful perpetual Trophy for the Mackay Road Runners Club to retain, as well as awarding the junior winners with a trophy and a $100 Athlete’s Foot voucher. Although the proud winners of this year’s awards did not know the beautiful Laura and her tremendous zest for life and personal achievement, they certainly appreciated the legacy that she has bestowed upon them by way of the Inspirational Award. Jade and Anthea, who are both heavily involved in a variety of sports within their respective schools and externally, were very grateful for the generosity of the Pettifer family.

For more information on Mackay Road Runners, check out the website, www.mackayroadrunners.com.au ; facebook or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427, Judy 49577 194.

2011 Awards Night

The Captain’s Table Function area at the prestigious Clarion Hotel was the venue for the 2011 annual Mackay Road Runners Awards evening last Saturday, which also included the 35th Anniversary of the Club. Master of Ceremonies and Club President, Jim Ford welcomed the eighty-five strong crown of avid road runners and their supporters to enjoy the impressive finale of a successful year. Life Member, Agnes Farmer spoke of the Club’s beginnings where, thirty-five years ago, she and her road running legend husband, Fred, were one of the first Members. Agnes, although not a runner, was officially the Club’s Timekeeping guru, a position, she still hold to this day. Before cutting the 35th Anniversary cake, Fred & Agnes thanked the Club’s past and current committees for their visions and hard work in having the Club grow to its current status.

Attendees were treated to a sumptuous dinner prior to the announcement of the many coveted awards on offer, which were presented by Club Secretary Judy Zahn.

The 2011 major Awards were presented to a very appreciative crowd:- Male Club Champion – Shawn Claydon (1st), Andy List (2nd), Mark McFadzen (3rd); Female Club Champion – Judy Zahn (1st), Janelle Tilse (2nd), Mellisa Gaviglio (3rd); and Handicap Points Champion – Lisa Burns (1st), Karen Baker (2nd), Andy List (3rd). The Laura Pettifer Inspirational Award for junior winners of the Eungella King of the Mountain earlier this year, Jade Bidgood and Anthea Ford were unable to attend due to previous engagements. Other trophies were presented for Age Category Club Championship points for specific races throughout the year, Eungella King and Queen of the Mountain Perpetual Trophies, The Andergrove Handicap 10km, Most Improved and Encouragement Award.

Check out the Club’s website for offseason, social, no cost, training runs or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427.

Marina Run 2012 Planning Underway

The highly successful BMA Mackay Marina Run held on 5th June, 2011 has organisers already planning next year’s event, which promises to be bigger and better. Race Director, Mackay Road Runners, Sandy Strong and his committee have wasted no time in liaising with the relevant parties since the 2011 race finished to ensure that the 2012 event’s logistical bases are all covered thus ensuring the smooth running of the region’s largest running event.

The major beneficiary of the event is the Leukaemia Foundation, who, for the last three years have benefited greatly from participants fund raising efforts towards the very worthy cause. Sandy has great support from the local branch of the Leukaemia Foundation in the hardworking husband and wife team, Chris & Barry Comben, Life Member of the Mackay Road Runners, Agnes Farmer, Mackay Road Runners Publicity Officer, Janelle Tilse, major Sponsors G & S Engineering represented by Tim Magoffin and City Fitness’s Chris Evangelou, as well as media experts, Alan Zamparutti (Strategic Media Partners) and Darren McVean (The Daily Mercury).

Thanks to G & S Engineering, the face of the 2012 event will once again be league legend Shane Webcke, who is looking to step up to running the 21.1km (Half Marathon), after easily completing the 5k & 8k at this year’s event. Webcke thoroughly enjoyed the event and was warmly welcomed by over 1400 competitors and supporters before heading back to Brisbane the same day to appear on Channel Seven’s Sports News that night. With well over 1500 runners/walkers expected to enter the 2012 event, the committee will gladly accept volunteers to assist on the day with various tasks from road marshalling to water stop attendants, etc.

Meanwhile, in running locally with the Mackay Road Runners, the official running program for 2011 has finished, although social, no cost running will continue Sundays at 5.30pm (check the Summer Program – all members and non members are very welcome. Last Sunday’s 5km/10km run to the Harbour from the Bluewater Quay was the first on the Summer Program, with next Sundays (23rd Oct) 4/8km commencing from the Base Hospital car park. In addition, the Wednesday 5km at 6pm will continue as well as the early morning Saturday running group. For further information, phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy 49577 194.

Looking Forward to Awards Night

With the last official run on the 2011 running program complete, Mackay Road Runners members, their families and friends are looking forward to the Annual Awards Evening to be held on Saturday, 22nd October at Latitude 21 at the Clarion.  The prestigious night congratulates all runners and will formally recognise outstanding achievements throughout the 2011 running season. Those attending need to RSVP and forward payment to Cilla Martland by 17th October to ensure they do not miss out on the festivities, which will also include the celebration of the Club’s 35th birthday.

With well over fifty runners and supporters at the informal breakup last Sunday at the John Breen Park 2.5k, 5k, 7.5k Gooseponds Galavant, attendees were treated to a very enjoyable post race bbq/drinks – many thanks to cook, Paul Tilse and drinks co-ordinator Sandy Strong.

Meanwhile, runners who competed in last Sunday’s Melbourne Marathon had outstanding success with Shawn Claydon clocking a sensational 2hr 43min, Andy List 2hrs 58min and Terry O’connor 3hrs 35min in fairly cool, breezy conditions. The runners admitted to feeling totally spent after their race, especially after a long and highly competitive year of racing.

This Sunday’s first off season no cost, social 10km training run, will commence 5.30pm from the Bluewater Quay. The distance can be adjusted to suit individual abilities, and runners are requested to bring their own hydration requirements. Check out the club’s website, www.mackayroadrunners.com.au to confirm the location for future Sunday training sessions as they will vary from week to week. All new and existing runners are very welcome 🙂

3km Club Championship – Oct 2 2011

The last handicap points race on the official 2011 running program was held last Sunday morning in perfect running conditions.  The 3km Club Championship race was also the last chance for approximately fifty runners to score valuable open and age category club championship points.

Shawn Claydon was in awesome form as he hit the tape first in 10 minutes flat, ahead of Mark McFadzen (10:21) and Graeme Railton (10:22).  Claydon, who has been in full training for this weekend’s Melbourne Marathon (42.2km), was very pleased with the time, although, a sub ten minute time would have been a sweeter victory. The podium finishers lead a talented field of contenders, with Andy List (10:31), Liam Mumford (10:48) and Jack Simpson (10:53) closing out the top six places.
Seventh place overall and first female, Ashlee Scott made a welcome return to racing, sizzling over the course in 11 minutes 13 seconds ahead of big improvers Melissa Gaviglio (12:42) and Lisa Burns (12:49).  Ashlee’s classy run was a sensational finish to a very busy year for the talented youngster. Another big improver, Cooper Rath, is enjoying a great end to the season, finding a sprint to the line within himself, shattering the spirit of the writer. Cooper claimed third in his age category behind dynamic duo, Liam Mumford and Tom Irelandes.

Congratulations on runners’ superb performances, including Jacqui Ward and her talented offspring, Alice, Patrick and Harry, Stacey Eggleston, Catrina Lawrence, Sue Barnes, Matthew Cornell, Nixon Rodden, Anthea Ford, Karla Hook, Carmel Mahon, Chris Darlington, and Stuart Sprott.  The final handicap points monthly  trophy for the year was taken out by Trevor Hodgson, who has been in consistent form, particularly in the latter stages of the year.

Marathon runner, Sandy Strong, who completed the Sydney 42.2km race a couple of weeks ago, has qualified and been officially accepted to race in the Boston Marathon next April.  Strong was ecstatic with the official notification received this week from the race organisers, so there will be (should be) plenty of abstaining in the coming months for him. Strong will have great training support from several fellow marathoners, including Terry O’Connor who is heading to the Melbourne Marathon this weekend, as is Karen Baker who will be competing in the 10km.

Next Sunday’s final 2011 calendar event will be a very social 7.5km (3 loop course) at the Gooseponds commencing 5pm followed by a Sausage sizzle at John Breen Park.  The option is for runners to choose 2.5k, 5k or 7.5km then join runners and their family for post race refreshments.  From previous experience, it is strongly recommended that insect repellent be liberally applied as the sun goes down.

The prestigious Annual Presentation & Awards evening will be held on Saturday 22nd October at Latitude 21 at the Clarion, pre-dinner drinks 6.30pm and 2 course dinner at 7pm. A highlight of the night will be the cutting of the 35th Anniversary cake by the Club’s Life Members. The club has generously offered discounted prices for Members, partners and children ($40 & $16.50) and must be paid in full by 17th October (Cilla – 0421 389 134).

For further info, check out the club’s website, www.mackayroadrunners.com.au ; facebook or ph Paul/Janelle 4957 3427

Bluewater Quay 5 & 10k – Sep 25 2011

Congratulations to all 150 competitors who recently took part in the 28km Run the Whitsunday Great Walk on Sept 18 and to two Mackay Runners who were among over 35,000 runners at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival on the same day.

Martin Lambert and Sandy Strong had a tough run in the Sydney Marathon where the weather was extremely hot and oppressive.  In a race where hundreds of competitors had to pull out due to the high temperatures, Lambert (4 hrs 4 min) and Strong (3 hrs 37 min) said that although the conditions made it difficult to attain a personal best, they thoroughly enjoyed the 42.2km race which had nearly 4000 in their event.  Another local runner, Shawn Claydon also competed in the Festival’s half marathon event where he scorched over the course to claim a respectable 1 hr 20min time for the 21.1km.

Meanwhile, locally last Sunday at 6.30am, approximately thirty runners met at the Bluewater Quay precincts to compete in the 5 & 10km event which is only one of a few races left on the 2011 official race program.  Junior runner Nixon Rodden took gold in the female 5km event and was also first overall.  Aderline West came a close second followed by Robyn Madill.  Cooper Rath sizzled in the 5km male event to take out the top spot, with Anthony Rath cruising across the line just over one minute later, which Matthew Cornell, third by only three seconds.  In the 10km event Graeme Railton was looking for a sub 40 minute race in the lead up to the famous Tasmania  Burnie 10km.  Railton easily broke 40 minutes to finish in 39min 28 seconds, with Mark McFadzen hot on his heels  claiming second only ten seconds behind.  Fresh from his 12th placing at the 28km Run the Whitsunday Great Walk, Andy List secured the bronze medal, just sneaking under 40 minutes(39:57).  The female section saw Melissa Gaviglio take line honours (46:55) in a sensational run over Judy Zahn (48:13) and Lisa Burns (48:23).

With most of these competitors having completed the Whitsunday 28km the previous weekend, runners are to be congratulated on their amazing efforts and recovery after the very arduous hilly terrain of the Conway National Park.  Congratulations to the Whitsunday’s race organising commitee of Alison & Murray Friswell, Nickie King, Martin Lambert, Judy Zahn, Andy List, Narelle Bamford and Will Higham on the huge success of the internationally renowned race which started in 2006 after a group of local Mackay Road Runners including Higham decided to show Australia and overseas the uniqueness of the Whitsundays and the beautiful trail running National Park.

Next Sunday will be the Club’s last Club Championship and Handicap points race of the year.  The 3km event will commence from Queens Park at 7am, therefore members and non members are welcome to ensure they are signed on in readiness to race at 7am sharp.

The Club’s Annual Awards night will be held on Saturday, 22nd October at the Clarion with discounted meal costs for Members and their partners. For any further info on any off season social training runs, results, photos, etc….check out www.mackayroadrunners.com.au or facebook, phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy 49577 194.

Bonsons’s Scrub 6/12Km – Sep 11 2011

The 6/12km Bonson’s Scrub/Ian Reddacliffe Roads run at The Leap was a great final hitout for runners heading to Airlie Beach for this Sunday’s ‘Run the Whitsunday Great Walk’ 28km race.
As The Leap run was an out and back loop course, competitors covered some seriously steep inclines which of course, meant severe descents, as well as double the fun for the 12km runners.

In the one loop 6km event, Graeme Railton was a clear winner, speeding over the tough course in 26 minutes 37 seconds and this was after he cycled from town with his training buddies. Second went to one of Mackay’s former elite runners, Paul Arvidson, who has been slowly regaining some of his previous form.  The bronze medal went to new runner, Matthew Cornell, who should be well pleased with his effort at tackling such an arduous course at such an early stage. Triathlete, Nikki Giles claimed gold in the female 6km only one second clear of Kimberly Craig with Carmel Moran settling for third.

Race leader in the 12km event, Andy List (57 min 54 sec) had his work cut out for him with Mark McFadzen snapping at his heels for most of the race, although List was able to hold on to snatch a win from McFadzen by two seconds.  Mark Woodward (1hr 59 sec) made a welcome return to racing claiming third ahead of Darren Binstead (1hr 1 min 35 sec) and Tim Magoffin (1hr 3 min 35 sec). Talented female veteran runner, Judy Zahn ran a sensational race to place sixth overall and first female in 1hr 4min 13 seconds, three minutes clear of second placed Alison Friswell and Lisa Burns. Janelle Tilse was a further two minutes behind in 1hr 9min ahead of Robyn Richards (1hr 15 min 32 sec).

Due to the intensity of the course, runners including Stacey Eggleston, Leanne Tickle, Tige Conway, David Isbister, Stuart Sprott, Arthur Dick, Anthea Ford, Shannan Jackson, Kylie Binstead, Tim Caddy and Cooper Rath are to be congratulated on their superb performances.  A special effort came from Nicky King who pushed her baby, Miles, in the pram over the 6km hilly terrain and still had a big smile on her face at the finish line.

Nicky, Alison Friswell, Martin Lambert, Will Higham, Mackay Road Runners and their team of volunteers are to be awarded a special mention for their outstanding efforts in organising the Run the Whitsunday Great Walk at Airlie Beach this weekend.  The event takes a massive amount of co-ordination and they do an awesome job in getting the event to be as successful as it is. The limit of 150 places in the race have been filled, with nominations closing on 4th September.  Entrants are to collect their race packs from the Airlie Beach Lagoon from 12-5pm on Saturday, 17th September, in readiness for racing on Sunday 18th September.

For further info on any of the Club’s events, results, etc. check out the www.mackayroadrunners.com.au ; facebook; or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy/Gordon 49577 194.

Podiatry Mackay & Mackay Road Runners Magic Mile – July 28

The Podiatry Mackay and Mackay Road Runners Magic Mile was a huge success as approximately eighty competitors took part in last Sunday’s sprint distance event of 1609 metres (1.6km).  In the oppressively humid conditions runners pounded the streets of Lamberts Beach from the start line on the beautiful Pacific Esplanade precincts near The Seabreeze Resort Motel.

The first three male competitors were spectactular, all finishing under five minutess, especially in the final fifty metres where the difference between them was only two seconds.  Jamie Stead was victorious by less than one second in a sensational time of 4min 56sec 34 hundredths of a second ahead of Chris Colwill (4:56:99) and Shawn Claydon (4:58:52). The top class competitors battled bravely over the slightly undulating course  which included a 200 metre testing rise in the road surface at the 1200m mark before descending into the final bend toward the fifty metre straight to the finish line.  With a quality field of elite runners, Stead’s win was a superb effort to come away with the gold medal.

Under eighteen female runner, Gabby DeBoni (5:34:09) was the first female overall and subsequent winner of her age division in a classy field of female runners including Ashlee Scott (2nd – 5:42:27) and Chelsey Thompson (3rd – 5:49:40).   Open female winner, Hannah Hillman (6:15:53) was 18th overall ahead of veteran legend, Judy Zahn (6:31:26) and big improver, Lisa Burns (6:38:91).

In the under eighteen male category, an injured Liam Mumford managed to claim gold in a slower than usual performance by his standards, clocking 5 min 30 sec ahead of fellow Mackay High runners, Luke Lynch (6:30) and Steven Vincent (6:55).

There was some awesome talent in the Under 13 male category with winner, Campbell Behan scorching over the course to cross the line ninth overall in a sizzling time of 5min 28 sec ahead Daniel Bugeja (12th overall – 5:38) and Codey Rath (25th overall – 6:28).

Many thanks to very supportive sponsor, Donald Orr from Podiatry Mackay for assisting the junior athletes with cash prizes, as he has done for many years through several Mackay Road Runners’ events including the Eungella King of the Mountain and the Athletics North Qld Cross Country races.

All competitors need to be congratulated on their own special efforts, all having their own individual goals for completing the course.  Over 100 supporters, volunteers and runners stayed post race for the presentations, and for the many unique random draw prizes, which were held in high esteem by the congenial crowd.  A big thanks to all who assisted at the registration table, timekeeping, photography, etc….much appreciated. See below for the full list of results.

Next Sunday Mackay Road Runners have joined forces with The Mackay Regional Council and ABC Tropical North to host a very social, non competitive Father’s Day 5km fun run/walk.  Free Registration is at 7.30am from the Children’s Playground, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Lagoon Street, West Mackay.  Get Dad and the family out and about by running, walking or strolling the Bluewater Trail from the Gardens to the Bluewater Lagoon and enjoy a free morning tea and some special prizes.  Mackay Road Runners would like to encourage the whole community to be involved in this special inaugural initiative by the Council and ABC Tropical North.

Eimeo Pacific Hotel Run – Aug 21 2011

Last Sunday Mackay Road Runners staged another hilly run in preparation for the upcoming 28km Run the Whitsunday Great Walk at Airlie Beach next month.  This will also add strength to the runners’ training regime, which will hold them in good stead for this weekend’s Mackay Road Runners and Podiatry Mackay Magic Mile from the Lamberts Beach Esplanade.  Nominations of $5 per person will be accepted up to 3.30pm, with racing to commence 4pm sharp.  All club members and the general public are invited to participate in the sprint distance with cash prizes for the first three male and female competitors in the senior race, under 13 and under 18 junior age divisions, as well as staying post race for the many random draw prizes on offer. Many junior runners will be expected to perform well in the short distance, due to the various primary and secondary school cross country races that have been held over the last couple of months.  The senior race will be wide open with several male and female runners lining up to stretch the ‘hammys’ and quads after their Marathon commitments.

For further info, check out the www.mackayroadrunners.com.au ; ph Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy 49577 194

Rural View 5/10km Race Report – 14 Aug 2011

Windy conditions prevailed for the Rural View 5/10km run, which tested approximately forty-five runners as they completed the arduous task of summiting several hills in the ever expanding suburb.  Prior to reaching the highest point, the hardy runners tackled the varying undulations along the streets of George Fordyce, Marzan and Sologinkin in a bid to ready themselves for the toughest ascent which looped around the top of the impressive height of Rural View Drive.

Talented junior runner, Gabrielle DeBoni led the 5km field into the first bend from the start at McCready Street finishing one minute sixteen seconds clear of Nixon Rodden (2nd) and Jenna Bugeja (3rd). These top three junior female athletes were also the first three overall in the 5km event, with fellow female competitors Shannon Ralph, Aderline West, Leanne Tickle and Kelly Lambert performing extremely well on the severe ascents throughout the course.

Finding the hills very much to his liking, first in the male 5km was Cooper Rath, with Greg Coulsen a further thirty-two seconds in deficit, claiming second ahead of Matthew Isbister, Anthony Rath, John Rodden, Tighe Conway and Arthur Dick.

George Elcombe scored a win in the handicap start 10km race, which included two loops of the 5km course, ie two ascents of the lovely Rural View Drive.  High backmarkers, Chris Ward, scorched over the course to take silver ahead of Paul Tilse, Stuart Sprott, Tim Caddy and Sanri Blom.  Superb performances came from Martin Lambert, Karla Hook, Sandy Strong, Andy List, Judy Zahn, Carmel Mahon, Mark Pashalis and Jim Ford who have been doing the longer distances which held them in good stead over the enduring hilly terrain. Big improver, Lisa Burns continues to lead the way with sensational performances every time she hits the pavement.

Many thanks to a well marked course by Stuart Sprott & Jeanette Farrugia, timekeeping by Jan Smith & Stacey Eggleston, Stuart Bartholomew (water stop) and Robyn Madill (photographer) thus allowing other runners to run – made possible only by our many weekly volunteers 🙂

Next Sunday’s Eimeo Pacific Hotel 6/14km commences 4pm from the beautiful surroundings of the Eimeo Hotel precincts. The space provided in the car park at Hotel is very limited, therefore, runners are requested to park their vehicles at the bottom of the hill, so as not to cause congestion with the normal parking conditions of the Hotel.  Management has donated several random draw prizes, therefore runners and their supporters are welcome to stay post race and enjoy the relaxed environment and awesome views of their uniquely spectacular location.

For further information, check out www.mackayroadrunners.com.au ; facebook; ph Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy 49577 194 – all new and existing runners of varying abilities are always welcome 🙂

Robbo’s Roudabout Race Report – Aug 7

Last Sunday forty runners took part in the very challenging 5/10km Robbo’s Roundabout from Magpies Sporting complex, which included every hill in every nook and cranny that Graham Robinson could find.  Sandy Strong, who revelled in the tough course, surged on the many hills in the Glenella suburb, scored a win in the 10km event in a sensational time of 46 minutes 33 seconds.  Strong took an early lead and held onto pole position for the entire race place ahead of Matt Stevens (47:34) and Chris Ward (49:16).

Fresh from her Eungella Queen of the Mountain title, first placed female, Judy Zahn,  who was third overall, sped up the hills with her easy going stride to outclass the rest of the field.  Big improver, Lisa Burns ran extremely well to place second to Zahn in 53:03 with Janelle Tilse (54:36) settling for third.  Other outstanding performances in the 10km came from junior Jenna Bugeja (56:12), David Vincent (50:41), Jarrod Symonds (50:49); Stuart Sprott (55:53) and American tourist, Terry O’Connor (52:08).

Many thanks to Trevor Hodgson for his encouraging jovial words to runners as they crossed the finish line.

The 5km race was a hotly contested event, where Nixon Rodden claimed the female section in 23 minutes 26 seconds ahead of Anthea Ford (27:20), Jo Hughes (28:57) and Robyn Madill (29:29).  Greg Coulson sprinted the 5km to be the first male in 24 minutes 59 seconds, marginally ahead of Paul Arvidson (25:41), David Munnings (27:37) and Shane Barben (28:26). The Rath boys, Anthony and Cooper, found themselves in a tightly contested race with Cooper being the eventual victor by five seconds.

Congratulations to relativey  new runners who performed very well on the 5km stage, ie Leanne Tickle, Arthur Dick and Annette Burridge.

Thanks to Timekeepers, Agnes Farmer and Andy List and Graham Robinson for the incredibly time consuming job of course marking –  job well done 🙂

Larger numbers will return to racing this Sunday at 4pm for the Rural View 5/10km after several local runners competed in Townsville for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10/5km events last weekend – results still not to hand at time of printing.

For further info, check out www.mackayroadrunners.com.au ; facebook; ph Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy 49 577 194

Eungella King/Queen of the Mountain – 31st July 2011

Mackay Road Runners Eungella King and Queen of the Mountain champions, Liam Mumford and Judy Zahn were ecstatic with their respective wins at last Sunday’s prestigious annual 6.4km event. Judy’s amazing victory in 41 minutes 26 seconds, whilst not a personal best time, was her ninth title since 1994. The veteran runner stormed to an early lead from the gun and was not troubled by the much younger field of female runners. Melissa Gaviglio’s first attempt of the Mountain (other than in a car/bike) scored her a sensational second place in 42 minutes 40 seconds ahead of previous four time winner, Janelle Tilse (46:05) and Robyn Richards (47:24).

With eight King of the Mountain crowns on his mantle, Shawn Claydon was relegated to third this year, after a superb performance by local fifteen year old national cross country representative, Liam Mumford. Mumford’s first attempt at the Mountain last year produced a second behind Claydon, but with Mumford’s current form stepping up to the next level this year, he ran a very mature race to win in 31 minutes 58 seconds ahead of triathlete, Rob Taylor (32:12), Claydon (32:55), with Andy List (36:50) claiming fourth. Mumford will now focus on representing Queensland at the Secondary School Cross Country Titles in Canberra at the end of August, although Eungella’s cooler weather will be nothing to the conditions that he will have to face when he travels to the Capital.

A special mention to several first time athletes who challenged themselves and conquered the 6.4km course from Netherdale to Eungella, ie Arthur Dick, Carmel Mahon, Karla Hook, Shane Barben, Kristi Irelandes, Nixon Rodden, Hannah Hillman, Casey Cummings and David Munnings.

Podiatry Mackay’s (Donald Orr) Junior King and Queen of the Mountain titles were presented to Jade Bidgood (Male) and Anthea Ford (Female). The pair also shared the Laura Pettifer Memorial Award donated by Laura’s family after losing their daughter in a cycling accident. Laura was a former Queen of the Mountain (2008) and a very talented all round athlete in whatever sport she pursued. In addition to gratefully acknowledging Donald Orr’s support of the juniors, Donald also supplied ‘feet’ lollies to all runners as they reached the finish line – a timely reminder to look after our feet as well as everything else.

Many thanks to Ali Dick, Jeanette Farrugia, Jane Hebdon, Teresa Robinson and Gordon Zahn for their invaluable assistance throughout the race. Congratulations to the Eungella Community Development Association for allowing over one hundred runners, cyclists and their supporters to take over their hall, whilst enjoying their awesome hospitality and atmosphere. The home style breakfasts and treats at the presentation were incredible and gratefully welcomed by all and sundry; THANK YOU for making our day. Thanks to Andrew Felton and his team from the Triathlon and Cycling Clubs for co-ordinating the Mackay Tyrepower cycling event in conjunction with the Mackay Road Runners race, well done:)

For further information on Mackay Road Runners, www.mackayroadrunners.com.au ; facebook; ph Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy 4957 7194

10km Andergrove Tavern Handicap – 24 July

Nearly sixty runners filled the Andergrove Tavern car park prior to the running of the annual 10km Handicap Trophy and 5km handicap events.  The 10km Handicap Trophy goes to the first club member, male or female to cross the line based on their individual handicapped start time. Relatively new runner, Shane Barben  stormed home to take the prestigious prize after continually showing massive improvements in his running with every outing. Regaining some of his previous form was David Isbister, who placed second ahead of Tim Caddy, Liam Mumford, Mark Pashalis, Lisa Burns and Sanri Blom.

The conditions were perfect for racing as runners left the Andergrove Tavern to tackle the long straights of Bedford Road, Fernleigh and Banksia Avenues before the steep ascent of Apsley Way prior to the return trip to the Tavern via Maple Drive.  Backmarkers, Shawn Claydon, Chris Colwill, Andy List, Judy Zahn and Mark McFadzen  had a tough task ahead to catch the low/middle handicapped runners, whilst junior runners, Ben Vella, Anthea Ford and Jenna Bugeja put in stellar performances to place favourably in the longer event.  President, Jim Ford’s 10km effort would have placed him higher in the rankings, but after completing an additional 2km, and therefore finishing first at the opposite end of the field, his expectations of winning the coveted Handicap Trophy were thwarted.  Although, at the presentation ceremony to winner, Shane Barben, Ford’s reluctance to hand over the Trophy did not go unnoticed by the congenial crowd.

The newest club member and fresh from representative honours, junior talent Gabrielle DeBoni blitzed the 6km field to finish two and half minutes clear of fellow rep juniors Nixon Rodden and Aderline West, with Robyn Madill, Jo Hughes and Annette Burridge closing in fast.   Cooper Rath put in a superb performance to steal victory from Dad, Anthony Rath, John Rodden, Ryan Barben and Arthur Dick.  Cooper may have had the upper hand in the 5km, but we’ll see if he gets fed at the dinner table tonight.

Many thanks to timekeepers, Agnes Farmer and Nicki King and coursemarkers, Stuart Sprott and Jeanette Farrugia.  A huge thanks goes to Club Secretary, Judy Zahn who co-ordinated the volunteer’s roster for Road Runners to assist the Mackay Regional Council at the G&S Wine and Food Festival last weekend. Judy also assisted on the Friday to help setup and was present the whole day to ensure everything ran smoothly.  We are the envy of many clubs having Judy within its ranks. Judy will now turn her focus to this weekend’s Eungella King/Queen of the Mountain (6.4km), where she is the most capped female winner of this special event and will certainly start as favourite for the 2011 crown.

The male section will be a tough battle between last year’s winner, Shawn Claydon and second placed Liam Mumford, although Mark McFadzen, Andy List, Chris Colwill, Tim Magoffin, Darren Binstead and Matt Stevens cannot be taken lightly and could feature highly in the placings.

Racing for runners and cyclists will commence at 8am sharp from Netherdale, therefore competitors are required to be nominated by 7.45am at the latest.  The road will be closed by Police for one hour only, so for those wanting to arrange vehicles to be taken to the finish precincts need to make arrangements early.

The Podiatry Mackay Junior 3.2km King of the Mountain and Laura Pettifer Memorial Trophy footrace commences half way up the Eungella Range, where there will be a water aid station.  Nomination fees for runners will be $10 for the senior race an $5 for the junior event.

The post race presentation and lucky random draw prizes will be held at the Eungella Community Development Committee’s grounds at the top of the range, with yummy breakfasts/treats for purchase.

For further info, please contact Paul/Janelle 4957 3427; Judy 49 577 194;  www.mackayroadrunners.com.au or Facebook.

Slade Point Club Championship Race 5/16km – 17 July

Shawn Claydon lead approximately fifty runners and held on by one minute to claim gold in the Male 16km Slade Point Club Championship race ahead of fast finishing Mark McFadzen and Andy List.  Claydon’s one hour twenty-seven seconds was a tough fought race in humid conditions for the first 10km, then turning cool and windy in the final 6km loop towards Lamberts Beach. A superb race by Jack Simpson to finish fourth, less than one minute behind List, with Moranbah runner, Gary Jenkinson and Darren Binstead securing fifth and sixth consecutively.  Finishing three minutes later was Sandy Strong, who has made a successful return to racing after a long injury stint, with Martin Lambert, Danny Windle and Tim Caddy closing out the top ten male finishers.

In the female field, Judy ‘greyhound’ Zahn was unbeaten in the 16km, finishing over two clear of fast finishing pair, ‘Don Dons’ Rath and Melissa Gaviglio. The girls have been in sensational racing form, clearly improving with the consistent kilometres put into their weekly training regimes. Karen Baker’s fourth place and one hour twenty minute time was only twenty-eight seconds outside the podium finishers, followed by a succession of big improvers in the female contingent, ie Tegan Caulfield, Emily Bartolo, Lisa Burns, Kylie Binstead, Jane Hebeon, Carmel Mahon and Karla Hook. Congratulations to 16km competitors Linda McFadzen, Chris Banney and Stacey Eggleston on completing their longest ever run and clocking very impressive times.

In the 5km event, Tim Magoffin took line honours ahead of co-worker, Simon  Wayland, with Arthur Dick claiming the bronze medal, whilst Jenna Bugeja and Anthea Ford scored valuable junior club championship points in the female 5km.

Special thanks to the awesome hospitality of inaugural hosts, Tim & Sandra Magoffin for the sensational early morning welcome and post race brekky, specifically the ‘bacon & egg McGoffin Combo (Barry)’. Many thanks also go to the volunteer waterstop attendants (Chris Hebdon and Stuart Bartholomew), timekeepers (Teresa Robinson & Shannan Ralph)) and coursemarker (Tim Magoffin/Stuart Sprott).

Next Sunday’s Andergrove Tavern 10km (and 5km option) Handicap Trophy race commences from the Andergrove Tavern car park at 4pm.  All 10km runners will be sent off on their individual handicap and the trophy winner will then go to the first runner to cross the line, male or female. The style of race allows the slower runner to have the opportunity to win a race and also one of the major trophies which will be presented at the prestigious awards night at the end of the year (October).  It would be much appreciated if entrants could register by 3.45pm thus allowing volunteer race officials to do their own race warm-up preparation in readiness for a 4pm start.

For any further info, check out the club’s website www.mackayroadrunners.com.au; facebook;  ph Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy 49577 194.  All new and existing runners always welcome 🙂

Seabreeze Scenic Shuffle 5km – 10 July

Last Sunday’s 5km from the Seabreeze Resort Motel Lamberts Beach was a relatively short race for some after training and competing in recent local and intrastate marathon events. Although, just as special for quite a few runners, the 5km is a significant milestone, especially for the newer runners and those making a comeback to running. Several of those athletes ran extremely well to attain the coveted distance at today’s event – congratulations go to Trudi Barben, Rebecca Dempster, Arthur Dick, Anthony Rath, Ryan Barben, Annette Burridge, Harry Ward, Mel Rich and Sanri Bloom. A big welcome back from the Club Handicapper to Josh Eisemann upon his return to running after a significant tapering session – great to see he was in his usual fine form.

Meanwhile, at the top end of the 5km race, Liam Mumford was once again victorious over forty-five other competitors. The 5km course which covered many undulations throughout the streets of Lamberts Beach and Slade Point also included the tough ascent of the Lamberts Beach lookout. Mumford scored gold in a sensational 17minutes 56 seconds in the cool, breezy conditions, marginally ahead of Chris Colwill (18:05) with Mark McFadzen (19:52), Darren Binstead (19:54) and newcomer Matt Perkins (20:07) closing out the top five positions.

Ashlee Scott was always going to be the clear favourite in the female 5km, where she did not disappoint, crossing the line in 20 minutes 51sec ahead of Mackay’s amazing veteran runner, Judy Zahn (21:42) followed by talented big improvers, Melissa Gaviglio (21:47), Karen Baker (23:15). After a marathon effort, Donna Rath closed in for 5th ahead of Jenna Bugeja and Sanri Bloom.

Many thanks to course markers, Stuart Sprott and Jeanette Farrugia and race timekeepers, Paul Tilse and Lisa Burns.

Next Sunday’s 5/16km Slade Point Club Championship race has a new start venue, thanks to club Member Tim Magoffin and his family, who have generously offered their home at 367 Slade Point Road, whereby runners can utilise their facilities, in addition to be offered a sumptuous bacon & egg “McGoffin” at the post race refreshments. Competitors and supporters are welcome to arrive early Sunday morning for the 6.30am race start, where there is plenty of room for parking via the side road near the park next to Tim’s house. The old course has been altered slightly, extending towards the Andergrove Tavern, due to competitors not having to complete the final lap of the ‘stadium’ and entry in/out of the Catherine Freeman Oval. All new/existing members/non-members are very welcome 🙂

For further information – www.mackay.roadrunners.com ; Facebook; Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy 49 577194.

Mt Pleasant Trot 4/9km – 3 July

Many local runners and their families converged on the Gold Coast last weekend for several running events including the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, and smaller distances – there was a race to suit everyone, with everyone having their own personal goals to attain, from their first marathon to personal best times over their favourite distances to running with their training partner or family member – all are to be congratulated on their efforts.  Major highlights came from Andy List who did a personal best time of 2hrs 58min in the Marathon, where getting under three hours is a significant milestone; Graeme Railton, James Kearney and Kylie Binstead stepping up in their first ever marathon, Jim Ford running the half marathon with his daughter, Alanna, while his other daughter, Anthea did the 10k race the day before, and the whole Ward family, Chris, Jacqueline, Harry and Patrick competing in various events over the weekend. Outstanding performances came from relatively new runners, Linda McFadzen and Stacey Eggleston who competed in very respectable times in the 10k and 5km over the two day festival.

Meanwhile, locally, the Mackay Road Runners staged a social 4/9km run from the Mt Pleasant Tavern, where over forty runners enjoyed the perfect running conditions over varying terrains through the slight undulations surrounding the Mt Pleasant, Gooseponds and Pioneer River precincts. Several junior runners stormed over the short course in sensational style, as well as many senior runners who sprinted the 4km distance, including Ashlee Scott,Tracey McRae, Jo Hughes, Melissa Rich, Robyn Madill, Steven Vincent, Cooper Rath and Ryan Barben.

Set off from a scratch start, Liam Mumford claimed victory in the 9km easily taking the lead from the gun, with Matt Stevens and Tim Caddy closing out the final podium positions for 2nd and 3rd respectively.  Maintaining a solid pace throughout the race, Judy Zahn was the first female home (3rd overall), with Janelle Tilse taking silver ahead of Kimberley Craig followed by a quick succession of female finishers, including Karen Baker, Jenna Bugeja and Jeanette Farrugia. Many thanks to the awesome course markers, Stuart and Jeanette, and timekeepers, Teresa and Ken.

Next Sunday’s 5/10km Seabreeze Resort Scenic Shuffle handicap race commences 4pm from the Lamberts Beach Esplanade.  All competitors are requested to register and sign on by 3.45pm to allow the volunteers ample time to ready themselves to commence racing by 4pm sharp.  For any further info check out the club’s website, www.mackayroadrunners.com.au or find us on Facebook or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427; Judy 49577 194.

Slade Point Mixed Media 5/10km – 26 June

Over fifty runners converged on the Catherine Freeman Oval at Slade Point last Sunday to tackle the 5/10km loop course in the very breezy, cool conditions which surprisingly held a high degree of humidity.  The Stuart Sprott marked 2.5km loop course had the runners trailing through the streets parallel to the Oval toward Slade Point Road and returning via Slade Point School.

First female across the line in a great time of 18 minutes, 39 seconds was junior runner Nixon Rodden followed by fellow talented juniors, Jenna Bugeja (23:43) and Aderline West (24:55). Young Ben Vella also showed his superb style to place first for the boys in 23 min 39 sec, followed closely by Gold Coast Marathon competitors, Greg Coulson (23:48) and Tim Magoffin (25:09).

There was a tight tussle in the male 10km event, where Jack Simpson lead Liam Mumford and Andy List until the middle to later stages, but it was the younger legs of Mumford who sprinted away in the final straight to snatch the Gold medal in 39min 6 seconds, two seconds ahead of List with Simpson closing in for third  (39:18). Staging a sensational comeback from injury, Sandy Strong (43:17) claimed fourth just clear of Greg Thompson (43:33), big improver Tim Caddy (44:00), Martin Lambert (45:05); Peter Ford (45:30) and also returning from an injury setback, Graham Robinson (46:05).

Clearly improving with every race, Melissa Gaviglio took out the women’s 10km event in 46 min 30 sec ahead of training partner, Karen Baker (48:03) and Lisa Burns (49:46). Emily Bartolo (50:50) was closing in fast ahead of Liz Hamilton (51:12) and Kristie Irelandes (51:40). Many new runners enjoyed the event, including Annette Burridge, Katrina Coulson, Stacey Eggleston; Harry Ward, Cooper Rath, Jacqueline Ward, Jess Rath and Grady Hamilton, who continue to take chunks off their previous times with each week’s outing.

Due to the Gold Coast Marathon this weekend, Sunday’s Mt Pleasant Tavern Trot 4.5/9km at 4pm will be a social run starting from the Mt Pleasant Tavern car park. Best wishes to all runners travelling to the Gold Coast competing across all events from 3km to 42.2km with a special mention to five year old Patrick Ward who will be racing in the 3km while his big brother, seven year old Harry, will be sprinting the 5km.

Many thanks to timekeepers, Judy and Janelle course marker, Stuart;  and mega thanks to the volunteers supporting assisting the club at the Wine and Food Festival in two weeks – greatly appreciated 🙂

For further information, results, photos, etc…on the Mackay Road Runners, check out the site, www.mackayroadrunners.com.au; or facebook; or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy 4957 7194 – New runners always welcome.

Shields Stampede 5/12km – 19th June 2011

Last Sunday’s very cool conditions did not deter approximately fifty runners from competing in the 5/12k Shields Stampede, which was held from legendary Mackay Road Runners Life Members’ residence, Wendy & Merv Shields.  Wendy & Merv have been an integral part of the Club from its inception thirty-five years ago, with both of them collecting many awards and accolades for their running performances. They have graciously hosted the Shields Stampede race for several years, where runners and supporters are deservedly treated to an array of yummy post race treats.
With racing commencing from 4pm, 12km runners were sent off on handicap, whilst the 5km competitors raced at 4.20pm from a scratch start.  Liam Mumford continued his excellent form to place first in the 5km ahead of junior running talent, seven year old Harry Ward.  Ashlee Scott, who is also in sizzling form, placing second overall and first for the girls ahead of Aderline West, Lacey Taylor and Jo Hughes.  New runner Melissa Rich ran exceptionally well in her first outing with the club to cross the line next ahead of Regina Coxon, Kelly Lambert, Annette Burridge, Katrina Coulson and Jacqueline Ward.

Several of the Club’s juniors will be representing Capricornia in the Secondary School Cross Country Titles in Toowoomba and with their current consistent form and proven racing results, they will certainly be a force to be reckoned with against their southern rivals.

The handicap start in the 12km event saw Jane Hebdon secure maximum club handicap points followed closely by Shane Barben, Stacey Eggleston and Sandy Marchetti. Gold Coast Marathon competitors, Donna Rath, Martin Lambert, Stuart Bartholomew, Sandy Strong, and Tim Magoffin easily completed the 12km course which took in many seriously undulating hills of Mt Pleasant, Beaconsfield and Andergrove. Visiting runners and ex locals, Peter Ford and Warren Eggleston cruised the 12km event, as did Anthea Ford & Jenna Bugeja, who once again challenged themselves by stepping up to successfully complete the longer course.

Many thanks to Timekeepers, Alison Friswell and Merv Shields, and water stop attendants, Greg Coulson and the Hebdon girls – a great effort to stand on the side of the road for nearly two hours in the extremely cool weather, especially as the sun went down – much appreciated 🙂

NOTE: Next Sunday’s 8am race at Eungella has been cancelled due to unsafe road conditions into the Quandong Creek Rainforest, therefore, in lieu, runners are advised to meet at the Catherine Freeman Oval, Slade Point for a 4pm race start, where Club President, Jim Ford has ‘designed’ an alternative mixed media race format – new and existing runners always welcome!

For further information check out the club’s website, www.mackayroadrunners.com.au or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427, Judy 4957 7194, or you can find us on Facebook.

Shoal Point Park 6/10km – 12 June 2011

Approximately forty-five runners took part in last Sunday’s social Shoal Point Park 6/10km, which was held in perfectly cool running conditions, a big improvement on the previous day’s atrociously cold and rainy conditions. With all runners bolting from a scratch start, Tracey McRae took out the 5km ahead of Jennifer Pel, Robyn Madill, Lainie Tilse, Shannan Ralph, Nixon Rodden, Stacey Egglestone, Regina Coxon, Kelli Windle, Sharon Windle and Sian Summerville. In the male 5km event, young Ben Vella showed a clean pair of heels from the start to retain his lead throughout, finishing first ahead of John Rodden and Jarrid Kennedy.

The 10km event included several undulating hills at the start and approximately three kilometres of beach, although the thirty runners were up to the challenge and all finished in commendable times.  Darren Binstead easily completed the distance to cross the line first ahead of Derek Woods and Mark McFadzen.  Obviously not satisfied with just doing 10km, Jack Simpson and Liam Mumford were next after completing an extra loop. In the female contingent, Janelle Tilse chased down leader and legendary fast starter Judy Zahn, to place just over one minute ahead of Zahn, with Melissa Gaviglio a further minute in deficit. Junior runners and school cross country representatives, Aderline West, Anthea Ford and Jenna Bugeja bravely stepped up to the longer distance to place well among the senior runners. Excellent performances in the 10km came from Sandy Strong who is returning from injury, Trevor Hodgson, Karen Baker, Chris Banney and Jane Hebdon.

Congratulations to Sandy Strong and his many volunteers on the success of the previous weekend’s BMA Mackay Marina Run, where 1440 runners/walkers competed across all events with the major beneficiary being the Leukaemia Foundation.

Next Sunday’s 5/12km Shields Stampede commences 4pm from 21 Karl Langer Crescent, North Mackay. The handicap start race will commence at 4pm, with sign on registrations closing at 3.45pm sharp to allow all runners adequate time to prepare themselves to race.

For further info, check out www.mackayroadrunners.com.au for future events, photos, editorial reports, etc… Mackay Road Runners are also on Facebook or you are welcome to phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy 4957 7194.

Slade Point Saunter – 29th May 2011

In perfect running conditions, approximately sixty competitors took on the 5/11km Slade Point Saunter from the beautiful precincts of the Catherine Freeman Oval.

Off a scratch start, and first in the 5km was Liam Mumford, who stretched the legs for the last time prior to leaving at 4am the next day to represent the Mackay region in the Secondary School Cross Country Titles in Emerald.   Whilst competing at the Capricornia Trials, Mumford will be one of several Mackay Road Runners to place highly, including Ashlee Scott, Jenna Bugeja, Anthea Ford and Lainie Tilse. Meanwhile, coming second behind Mumford in the Slade Point Saunter 5km was Grady Hamilton, with Cooper Rath closing in for third place.

First female in the 5km was novice runner, Jennifer Pel, who will be one of hundreds of new runners stepping up and looking forward to the BMA Mackay Marina Run this weekend. Second placed, Jo Hughes and 8km competitor  at the BMA event easily accounted for the 5km, as did Chris Banney and Linda McFadzen, who tied for third and fourth place.

First home on handicap in the 11km with a great run by new club member, Liz Hamilton with a fast finishing Tim Magoffin claiming second ahead of Mark Woodward, Dean Malone, Paul Tilse and Stuart Bartholomew.  Liz then had female company as Danielle Cahill and Karla Hook followed the men to finish inside the top ten handicap placings.

Many runners, including Carmel Mahon, John Atkinson, Merv Shields, Stacey Egglestone, Karen Baker, Lisa Burns, Katrina Coulson, Trevor Hodgson, Jack Simpson and Sharone Carter performed extremely well whilst tapering for their respective BMA Mackay Marina Run events this Sunday.
Entrants for this weekend are reminded to collect their race numbers and visit the Sports Expo at the Mackay Surf Club on Saturday, 4th June from 12pm to 5pm. Mackay Road Runners and the Mackay Leukaemia Foundation congratulate and thank all Sponsors, Volunteer and Community Organisations for their hard work, and look forward to seeing over 1300 competitors and supporters enjoying themselves – good luck everyone!

Check out the Club’s website, www.mackayroadrunners.com.au and Facebook for any further info, or you can phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy 49577 194.

Mt Bassett 5/11km – 22nd May 2011

Approximately seventy runners conquered last Sunday’s 5/11km Mt Bassett run, which started with cool, drizzly rain from the New Mulherin Park precincts at the Mackay Harbour. Agnes Farmer, Kylie and Darren Binstead had the unenviable job of timekeeping in the uncomfortable conditions, but still had big smiles for every runner as they crossed the line.

Fully recovered from his broken wrist, Liam Mumford won the 5km event (18min 32 sec), which took in the steep ascent of Mt Bassett and the tough headwind in the home straight.  Graeme Railton took a step down from the longer run, to sprint the 5km, taking silver ahead of Peter Coxon, Matt Neill and Sam Neill. First female and second overall in the 5km, Ashlee Scott, who loves running in the rain, was in fine form sensationally completing the 5km in 18min 56sec, with Kirsty Zaeza claiming second, ahead of Jenna Bugeja and Liz Hamilton.

Congratulations to many of our junior runners who competed successfully in the recent Mackay & District Secondary School cross country titles, who are now heading to Emerald at the end of May to contest the Capricornia Titles.

With several runners clocking up huge kilometres the previous day, the performance from many of the competitors was nothing short of sensational, with Shawn Claydon claiming gold in the male 11km ahead of Andy List, Jack Simpson, Mark McFadzen, Terry O’Connor, Martin Lambert and Tim Magoffin. The same scenario could be said for the female contingent, with Melissa Gaviglio crossing the line first ahead of Karen Baker, Alison Friswell, Donna Rath and Janelle Tilse.  The 11km race, which included two ascents of Mt Bassett, was handled extremely well by the entrants in particular, Jim Ford and Alison who love the challenge of a hill or two, whilst jostling for race position.

Next Sunday’s 5/11km Slade Point Saunter commences from the Catherine Freeman Oval, Slade Point, with sign on registrations closing at 3.45pm for a race start of 4pm sharp.

THEN…… there is only seven days to go until Mackay’s largest running event, THE BMA MACKAY MARINA RUN on Sunday, 5th June – nominations are still being accepted across all events up to 5pm Saturday 4th June at the Mackay Surf Club – don’t miss out…. be part of the region’s must do running festival.
For further info on this and any of the Club’s events, check out www.mackayroadrunners.com.au or find us on facebook.

Sea Eagles Resort Sarina to Salonika 28km

Perfectly cool, breezy conditions set the scene for the running of the Sea Eagles Resort 5km Fun Run and 28km Sarina to Salonika Club Championship race last Sunday morning.  Timekeepers, Sandy Strong, John Atkinson and Teresa Robinson sent runners on their way from Brewers Park, Sarina at 6.30am for the one way 28km trip to the beautiful Sea Eagles Resort at Salonika Beach via the undulating country roads of Cliftonville, Alligator Creek, Timberlands, Hay Point and Half Tide Beach to the very welcoming finish line.

Shawn Claydon, who had the shortest odds to take out the event, took an early lead, easily holding on to win in 1 hr 47 min 44 sec, claiming maximum Club Championship points overall and for his age category.  There was a cluster of male runners racing hard for the balance of the podium positions, with Andy List breaking away in the final stages to claim second in 1:56:25, a mere seven seconds ahead of Graeme Railton.  Mark McFadzen (1:58:51) bravely held on for fourth, easily clocking under two hours.  Darren Binstead continued his consistent form to place fifth (2:04:38) ahead of Mark Woodward (2:07:50) and Moranbah Marathoner, Gary Jenkinson (2:08:00). Young Jack Simpson (2:09:02), Stuart Bartholomew (2:10:21) and Martin Lambert (2:10:34) rounded out the top ten finishers with Tim Magoffin just outside only ten seconds later.

In the female event, Judy Zahn lead the entire race until the final water stop at 25km, where Janelle Tilse saw a slight opening to surge ahead and retain the lead to claim gold  in 2 hours 19 minutes 25 seconds with Judy finishing strongly to take silver in 2:20:19 ahead of Gold Coast Marathoner Donna Rath (2:23:40).  Relatively new runner, Melissa Gaviglio had a sensational race in her first outing in this event to score fourth (2:26:27) in front of Kylie Binstead (2:38:01), Jeanette Farrugia (2:40:30), Karla Hook (2:45:38) and Jane Hebdon (3:02:00).

Congratulations to all runners for completing the tough 28km run in commendable times, including Terry O’Connor, David Perkins, Matt Stevens, Chris Ward, Derek Woods, Shane Donnollan, Greg Coulsen, Stuart Sprott and Paul Tilse.   Congratulations also go to the 5km competitors who travelled a very long way to compete in their event. Results:- Female 5km – Robyn Madill (1st), Kelly Lambert (2nd) and Charlotte Lambert (3rd);  Male 5km winner, John Atkinson amazingly backed up after arriving to timekeep at 6am to finish first in the 5km at 7.30am ahead of John Rodden.

Wonderful water stop volunteers, Katrina Coulsen, Kristie Irelandes, Karen Baker and Gordon Zahn left their warm, cosy homes to stand by the road for nearly three hours handing water and snake lollies to the needy runners – THANK YOU!  Sponsors and hosts from Sea Eagles Resort Salonika Beach, Jenny & Len and staff, are also to be congratulated on their excellent support of this event for thirteen years, as well as literally running to get breakfasts to approximately fifty runners and their supporters, once again – THANK YOU!

Cafe La De Da and Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Approximately seventy runners ran the 6k & 11k Cafe La De Da pre-Mothers Day run last Saturday morning at 6am from the Cafe precincts in Wood Street.  A cool early morning downpour of rain did not deter the eager runners at the start line, and as the starter’s gun fired, they shot off towards the Boardwalk on River Street to loop back onto Victoria Street before heading towards Goldsmith Street, Queens Park.  The 6km runners turned at the junction on East Gordon Street lead by past Australian Athletic champion, Chris Colwill, with junior runner, Liam Mumford hot on his heels. The pair held their positions to the finish line, with Ryan Borg finishing four seconds later in third place. Robyn Madill claimed gold for the female 6km event, with Jennifer Pel closing in fast for second place by two seconds, ahead of new runner, Jo Hughes, who was ecstatic with her early morning run, finishing two minutes in deficit.

In the 11km Shawn Claydon continued his dominance on the local road running scene, with a two minute victory over Calvin Deacon and Graeme Railton.  Claydon also took out his age category and seventh overall last weekend in Moranbah’s CFMEU Labour Day 10km run. Railton also ran extremely well after his Hilly Half Marathon race on Hamilton Island the previous weekend, where he placed 5th overall and first in his age category.  Judy Zahn, once again was victorious in the female 11km event, one minute ahead of Jeanette Farrugia, with Carmel Moran claiming the final podium position. Many thanks to timekeepers Andy List and Derek Woods, and road safety marshal/crowd control, Sandy Strong for their voluntary efforts for the morning’s run.

The Handicap Points April Monthly Medal Trophy saw a very tight finish with Kristi Irelandes snatching the Trophy by one point from Karen Baker.  Both girls are relatively new to the road running scene and have been making significant improvements in their running since they started.  They have been increasing their weekly kilometre mileage in readiness for the Mackay Marina Half Marathon event on 5th June and with their current form, they are both looking towards a very successful outing come race day.

Last weekend, in absolutely awesome weather conditions, a large contingent of local runners successfully competed in the Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon, where several runners performed extremely well overall and in their age categories.  Last year’s winner, Mark McFadzen placed  second in 1hr 58min 24sec, while Janelle Tilse (2:15:11) collected 3rd female across the line.  Personal best times were recorded by James Kearney, Darren Binstead and Martin Lambert, with first timers Graeme Railton, Andy List, Terry O’Connor, Jeanette Farrugia, Kylie Binstead and Natasja Steenkamp all collecting age category prizes.  Congratulations also go to Team Linda McFadzen & Paul Tilse on their first outing in the very ardous event, where runners tackled hills, mountains, rough terrain, fire trails and amazingly beautiful views in a bid to get to the finish line.

Next Sunday morning’s 28km commences from Brewers Park, Sarina, although runners are to meet at the Sea Eagles Resort at Salonika Beach for the 5.30am bus trip to the start at Brewers Park. There will be an inaugural 5km run from the Resort whilst the 28km race is in progress. All runners and their supporters are welcome to stay post-race for Presentations and enjoy the hospitality of Sea Eagles Hosts, Jenny & Len, where breakfast can be purchased and enjoyed in the beautiful surroundings of the Resort.

For further info check out www.mackayroadrunners.com.au and we are on Facebook! You are also welcome to contact Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy 49577 194

Rats of Tobruk 4/8km

A special run at 5pm on Anzac Day for the Mackay Road Runners was the Rats of Tobruk 4/8km commencing from The Rats of Tobruk Memorial in Queens Park. Approximately seventy-five runners took a moment prior to the run to remember the meaning of Anzac Day, while Club President, Jim Ford respectfully quoted the Anzac Ode. Most runners were feeling a little weary having had a very big day out with Anzac Day Celebrations from the Dawn Service in the country areas to the mid morning parade in town.

To their credit and to end the day on a high, nearly thirty runners competed in the 4km event which took runners out of the Park onto East Gordon Street towards Town Beach to the 2km turn around on the Sandfly Creek Path. Liam Mumford was victorious in 15 minutes 29 seconds, whilst still carrying a plaster on his arm, which hopefully should be removed this Friday. Ben Townsend ran extremely well to claim second place ahead of Brad Carey, Tony Weight, Ben Vella and Matt Townsend. Ashlee Scott, who was second overall in the 4km, was once again sensational, easily running the 4km in 15 minutes 33 seconds to claim gold for the girls. Nixon Rodden and Aderline West were second and third consecutively, both making huge improvements every week with their running. A fast finishing Jenna Bugeja claimed fourth only fifteen seconds in deficit, followed by Tracey McRae, Lainie Tilse and Robyn Madill. Congratulations to young Harry Ward and Kahtia Gooch who both performed extremely well among the more experienced runners.

Shawn Claydon continued his excellent form to claim gold in the 8km event in 30 minutes 57 seconds. Claydon’s performance was a little slow by his high standards, but he could be excused after just returning home from the National Titles in Brisbane over Easter with two silver medals and one bronze medal in the three events he contested. Claydon now has the opportunity to compete in the Worlds in July in Sacramento, California, USA, but is still undecided, due to his Oceanic Games entry in June.

Second placed behind Claydon was Mark McFadzen, who also has a big commitment coming up this weekend on Hamilton Island, where he will be competing in his third Hilly Half Marathon. His first placing last year was a sensational effort, and with a second placing the previous year, he will definitely be hot favourite to take out the event again. Third placed male in the 8km was Derek Woods, who has been training and racing very well, just claiming the bronze position ahead of well credentialed runners Jack Simpson, Andy List, Mark Woodward and Ryan Borg.

In the female 8km, Judy Zahn (36:02) was once again hard to beat, holding her lead from start to finish, coming in ahead of Jeanette Farrugia (36:24) and big improver, Mellisa Gaviglio (36:40). Visiting Brisbane runner, Alana Ford just missed out on third by three seconds, but easily held off Janelle Tilse, Karen Baker, Danielle Cahill and Kristi Irelandes.

Many thanks to the amazing Timekeepers Agnes Farmer and Teresa Robinson who very neatly recorded the many runners and their times in the failing light.

Next Sunday’s social Lagoon’s Scurry’s unique ‘nominate your time’ 5/10km run will commence 4pm at the Botanic Gardens from the junction at Lagoon and Hume Street. The concept of the race is that no one will wear their timing equipment/watch, but must nominate their race time prior to the race and whoever is the closest, is the winner.

For further info on any of the Club’s upcoming events, check out the website, www.mackayroadrunners.com.au and we are also on facebook, or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy 49 577 194.

10km Balance Podiatry Club Championship

Over sixty competitors contested The Balance Podiatry 5/10km Club Championship race last Sunday in perfect conditions at 5pm from Queens Park. In addition to the prestigious event, the Club conducted its first novice race where junior runners sprinted two laps of Queens Park.

In the novice race, Mitchell Thompson bolted home first ahead of Abbey Thompson, India Ross, Harry Ward, Jack Small, Emma Small and Donavan Rath. These keen youngsters ran very well and are easily going to step up to the higher ranks in the next couple of years.

In the 5km event, Liam Mumford continued his fine form taking gold ahead of Sam Neill, Matt Neill, Codey Rath and Steven Vincent. Second overall and first female in the 5km was running sensation, Ashlee Scott, who maintained her lead from the gun, finished ahead of second placed Jenna Bugeja, Chelsea Thompson, Aderline West and Lainie Tilse.

Shawn Claydon claimed maximum Club Championship points by taking the top podium position in the 10km event, scorching over the course to run 33 minutes 29 seconds, well clear of second placed Daren Galea (39:31), Andy List (40:14) and Derek Woods (41:12). The March Monthly Medal winner, Darren Binstead ran well to place sixth overall, fourteen seconds behind Mark McFadzen and just over half a minute ahead of Jack Simpson.

Judy Zahn continued her winning ways, to take out the female 10km race in 46 minutes 04 seconds, ahead of fast finishing Jeanette Farrugia (47:23) and third placed Janelle Tilse (47:29). Karen Baker continued her run of personal best times to sneak under fifty minutes by 17 seconds for the 10km.

Young Ben Vella, bravely ran with the more experienced senior runners in the 10km to clock an impressive 55 minutes 15 seconds, well ahead of more seasoned runners, David Isbister (56:04); John Atkinson (61:38) and Jan Smith (66:26).

There were many other successful individual achievements, as runners backed up after their long distance 18-32km training run the day before, ie Kristi Irelandes, Donna Rath, Martin Lambert, Terry O’Connor, Tim Magoffin, Greg Coulson and Chris Ward.

With approximately seven weeks until the Mackay Marina Run on Sunday 5th June, runners are stepping up the training, gearing towards their specific events – 3km/5km/8km/21.1km – check the Daily Mercury every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday for training tips and running profiles marketed under the BMA Mackay Marina Run logo.

For further information on this run or any of the Club’s weekly events, check out the Club’s website www.mackayroadrunners.com.au or phone Judy 4957 7194 or Paul/Janelle 4957 3427.

Farmers Gallop 5km/17km – April 10

Last Sunday’s 5/16km Farmers Gallop has been a regular event on the Mackay Road Runners Calendar for nearly three decades.  Club Life Members, Fred and Agnes Farmer have been heavily involved in the local running community from the Club’s inception thirty-five years ago, where Fred was the Marathon Champion of the Eighties.

The early morning race start of 6.30am at the Farmer’s residence in North Mackay is perfect for long distance runners, even though self confessed non morning person, Agnes would much prefer the afternoons.

The largest marked handicapped runner in the field, Shawn Claydon blitzed the 17km field to be the fastest male runner coming in well under seventy minutes.  Claydon’s top form will be a great asset when he represents Australia at the Australian Masters National Titles to be held in Brisbane at Easter.  He will be contesting an eight kilometre cross country event where he holds a current record, a 1500 metre track race and a 5km track race, where he is hoping to better his personal best of sixteen minutes twenty seconds.

The fastest female in the 17km was champion veteran Judy Zahn who cruised over the course in her usual style, easily completing the tough race, which took runners through the streets of North Mackay and Andergrove, and finishing with a punishing stretch over the serious undulations of Norris Road.

The 5km sprint race was a hotly contested affair with open age runner, Graeme Railton scorching over the course in 18 min 41 seconds ahead of talented junior runner, Liam Mumford (19:22), who is still carrying the extra burden of a plastered broken wrist. New runner, Ryan Borg was next followed by Tim Christensen, Brad Carey, Tim McGoffin, Sam Neill and Matt Neill.

Ashlee Scott continued her sizzling form to place third overall in the 5km and first female in 19 min 26 sec. Second placed, Holly Anderson took silver ahead of Jenna Bugeja, Aderline West and Kristi Zaeza.

There were many outstanding performances on the day including Carmel Mahon, Kristi Irelandes, Nabsche Montgomery, Tom Connole and Matt Perkins who conquered their first 17km race. This was also the first successful  outing this year for 17km runners Duncan Townsend, Suzannah Richards, Natasjy Steenkamp, Tim Caddy, Lisa Burns, Carmel Moran and Sharon Windle leading into their Half Marathon training for the Mackay Marina Run in June.

Next Sunday’s club event will be the Balance Podiatry 10km Queens Park Club Championship, where runners will be contesting for valuable overall and age category Club Championship points. Racing commences 5pm from the Queens Park Rotunda via the Goldsmith Street entrance, therefore, all runners are advised to nominate by 4.45pm.  Runners are invited to stay post race for random draw prizes donated by Balance Podiatry.

The social 5km 6pm Wednesday training runs will meet this week and the following weeks until further notice at the Bluewater Quay, Forgan Bridge, due to the lighting restrictions of the current venues.

For further information, check out the Club on facebook, www.mackayroadrunners.com.au or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy 49577 194.

Mackay/ANQ Cross Country Championships

Podiatry Mackay Athletics North Queensland Cross Country races last Sunday afternoon. The event that was scheduled to be run from the Botanic Gardens was moved to a safer route at the start of Sandfly Creek Path, at Iluka Park, Town Beach. Over seventy-five runners competed in age categories ranging from under nine to over sixty across distances of 2, 3, 4 & 6km. The youngest competitor was seven year old Harry Ward, who ran well to take out the gold medal in the under nine category.

To avoid a congested course, Club President, Jim Ford, sent the runners off in three separate races based on their race distances and age categories. Many runners from local and out of town athletics clubs contested for the gold, silver and bronze medals on offer in their respective events. Many thanks to James Grech, a local ANQ representative, who presented medals to the podium placegetters at the post race presentation. (results listed below) Random draw prizes after the presentation was a very exciting and longed for affair, with event co-Sponsor Donald Orr from Podiatry Mackay donating cash random draw prizes for the juniors and the Mackay Road Runners club donating unique and yummy treats for the well deserved attendees.

The event was heralded a major success mainly due to the many volunteers who stood out in the rain to direct runners (thanks Tim ‘largest canary ever seen’ Magoffin), timekeepers and officials at the finish line, course makers, nomination & results registrars and event co-ordinators.

Results

2km Under 9 boys – Harry Ward (1st)
2km Under 9 girls – Jahrah Pearce (1st); Holly Moore (2nd); Belinda Binnekamp (3rd)
3km 11/12/13 yrs boys – Lloyd Clode-Roberts (1st); Alex Moore (2nd); Ryan Mumford (3rd)
3km 11/12/13 yrs girls – Nixon Rodden (1st); Holly Anderson (2nd); Heidi Moore (3rd)
4km 14/15 yrs boys – Liam Mumford (1st); Ben Townsend (2nd); David Barker (3rd)
4km 14/15 yrs girls – Gabrielle DeBoni (1st)
4km 16/17 yrs boys – Jake Townsend (1st)
4km 16/17 yrs girls – Ashlee Scott (1st); Hannah Hillman (2nd); Jenna Bugeja (3rd)
6km 18-39 yrs male – Graeme Railton (1st); William Hillman (2nd); Jack Simpson (3rd)
6km 18-39 yrs female – Narelle Bamford (1st); Emily Bartolo (2nd); Paula Easton (3rd)
6km 40-49 yrs male – Shawn Claydon (1st); Andy List (2nd); Chris Ward (3rd)
6km 40-49 yrs female – Janelle Tilse (1st); Karen Baker (2nd); Lisa Burns (3rd)
6km 50-59 yrs male – Derek Woods (1st); Jim Ford (2nd); James Kearney (3rd)
6km 50-59 yrs female – Cilla Martland (1st)
6km 60+ yrs male – David Isbister (1st); Stuart Sprott (2nd)
6km 60+ yrs female – Judy Zahn (1st)

Inaugural Eungella Goldfields Run

As runners headed into the rainforest trail there was nervous thoughts of what was install. The rain drenched trail soon had us weaving and stomping through mud and water.

One kilometre in, everyone had every right to think they’d entered an army boot camp as we were reduced to hands and knees to crawl through forage that was blocking the trail. Alison Friswell was brimming with pride as she crawled out of the small cave we had created for ourselves covered in mud.

The first swollen creek tested our resolve but then simply become part of the fun of the day.

Kylie and Teresa were tested to the limits with a chest high fallen tree in which to pass. They threw themselves into the challenge and scaled the fallen log with ease.

The raging broken river was a sight to be seen and reward for our efforts.

9km in we emerged from the forest onto the Crediton trail loop.

Tim, Terry and Darren (Surge) showed us how mountain climbing was done. A small stretch of level terrain and Sandy Strong and Dave Perkins demonstrated what endurance running was all about.

The last leg of our 23km rain drenched event was the 3kms from range top down to Broken River Resort.

There was much celebration by all, which continued well into the night courtesy of the Broken River Resort.

Trophy of the day had to go to Grahame Robinson who when met face to face with the very friendly leeches proceeded to remove clothing and in a very controlled manor (tongue in cheek here), requested the nearest female to frisk him to remove the friendly little blithers.

Thanks to all who brought their families and with continued support there was much enthusiasm to run the event again next year.

Sunday 13 March

Congratulation to approximately thirty runners who successfully completed their individual training run in the very humid conditions last Saturday morning.  The current training run options varied depending on the ability of each runner, whereby they could choose their own distance, ranging from 10km to 28km.  The longest run group commenced at 4.45am at Cafe La de Da, Wood Street, then joined back up with the 20km group at 5.30am for a huge loop around the City via The Boardwalk, The Catherine Freeman Walk to the City Gates before proceeding down Archibald Street and Bridge Road towards Sandfly Creek Path for the final few kilometres.

Matt Stevens easily completed approximately 27 kilometres after having competed in the previous weekend’s gruelly 45km Six Foot Track Marathon in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.  The lanky runner was in recovery mode as he loped along in Mackay’s oppressive weather conditions.  Matt has a few big running goals looming on the horizon including the Eungella Goldfields 20km-30km on 2nd April, Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon on the May Day weekend, Sarina to Salonika 28km on 15th May and of course, the biggest running event in the region, the impressive Mackay Marina Run on 5th June.

Runners of all abilities are catered for at the Mackay Marina Run, including event distances of 3km, 5km, 8km, and the 21.1km Half Marathon. So visit the website, www.mackaymarinarun.com , nominate and start training now!
Keep an eye out in the Daily Mercury for weekly Runner Profiles and training tips to get yu started and keep you motivated towards your individual goals.

Meanwhile, the Mackay Road Runners will be meeting at The Cape Hillsborough Resort precincts this Sunday at 8am for the 4.5/9km Club Championship race – all new and existing Members and non members are welcome to participate. There will be a complementary sausage sizzle post race, so bring yourselves and your family for an awesome day out with like minded individuals.

For any further info, you are welcome to check out the Club’s website, www.mackayroadrunners.com.au and/or we are now on Facebook, or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy 4957 7194

Sunday 6 March

Over 100 runners lined up for the 5/10km Martel Marina Sprint from the Harbour boat ramp car park precincts last Sunday afternoon. Liam Mumford was in blistering form to lead the 5km event ahead of approximately fifty runners in the 5km event, whilst a further fifty runners were sent off on a handicap start for the 10km event. Mumford put his foot on the accelerator in the early stages of the 5km race to take a hefty lead before the first bend.  He finished two minutes clear of the first female and 2nd overall in the 5km, Ashlee Scott.  Young Ben Townsend finished third overall and was the 2nd male competitor in the 5km in an awesome time of 22min 06sec, ahead of Mark Pashalis and Matt Townsend.  Jenna Bugeja ran a top race to take out second place in 23min 04sec, with Anthea Ford only eleven seconds behind, claiming third for the girls.  Congratulations to all the juniors who are running exceptionally well and going from strength to strength each week in the lead up to their respective primary School cross country events.

The 10km Handicap start race went off without a hitch with Race Starter, Agnes Farmer at the helm, sending runners off on their individual handicaps.  While ominous rain clouds held off for the race start, runners welcomed the downpour in the later stages, as the first Club Member, Lisa Burns hit the tape ahead of approx fifty other competitors in the 10km event.  Lisa easily ran the distance at a consistent pace to retain a small margin on second placed John Atkinson and Steven Vincent.  Vincent, running his first ever 10km, is to be congratulated on stepping up to the longer race so early  in the year.  Several other competitors who performed extremely well in the very humid, testing conditions were Danielle Cahill, Katrina Coulsen, Lyle Martin, Ben Vella, Robyn Richards, Cooper, Rath, Tracey McRae, Heino Van Vuuren, Cooper, Dempsey and Nixon Rodden and Rebecca Stook.

Many thanks to Agnes and her assistants on doing a great job clocking approximately one hundred runners, who were finishing in the pouring rain, Registrars Donna Rath and Teresa Robinson and course markers Jeanette Farrugia and Stuart Sprott.

Next Sunday’s 5km event is the first Club Championship race on the 2011 program.  The race has been kindly sponsored by Rock n Road Cycles (Ron & Carol Steel) and will commence 5pm from the Queens Park Rotunda (Goldsmith St entrance).  All competitors will be eligible for the random draw prizes supplied by Rock n Road Cycles (drawn after the race), but only financial Members will be eligible for Club Championship points for overall and age category placings towards end of year trophies.  Due to the tremendous number of runners (keep it coming), please arrive in plenty of time before the race start to sign on and warm up prior to the race briefing at 4.55pm.

With the Mackay Marina Run only three months away, participants are reminded to check out the Daily Mercury from next week, for runners’ profiles and training tips to assist them towards their goals for the prestigious event on 5th June.

For any further information, check out the club’s updated website, www.mackayroadrunners.com.au or you are welcome to contact Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy 4957 7194

Sunday 27 February

Over one hundred runners literally bolted from the gun at last Sunday’s 4/8km Mackay Road Runners Meng’s Cross Country event from the Tourist Information Centre.  Mackay Road Runners was proud to have Club Patron and  Mayor, Col Meng and his lovely wife, Rhonda send the record crowd of 101 eager runners off with a bang for the first handicap race on the 2011 running program.  In attendance and running the shorter course option, was the race origin’s namesake and brother of Col, Warren Meng, who used to set a horrendous cross country course from its inception approximately ten years ago.  Even though Warren suffers a few knee injury issues, he gladly backed up after competing in the Sarina Beach Triathlon bike leg the previous day to sprint the 4km at today’s event. Many thanks to the Mengs for their support of the Club; much appreciated.

Meanwhile, the club congratulates the amazing number of runners and their families running and assisting the Club thus far, with a view to increasing and maintaining their individual fitness goals.  It is pleasing to see so many new faces and in particular the many families who are participating on a regular basis.

With over one hundred runners registering in the 4 & 8 km events, timekeepers, Agnes Farmer, Peter Coxon and Regina Coxon had a very busy time clocking and recording all the competitors for the Results/Handicapper to collate for viewing on the website throughout the week.

There were numerous special performances on the day, with male and female 8km winners, Shawn Claydon and Judy Zahn retaining their impressive performances from the previous year.  In the 8km male division, Mark McFadzen and Andy List had a sprint finish with McFadzen claiming second place with List only six seconds in deficit.  Jeanette Farrugia claimed silver, less than one minute behind Zahn, with Janelle Tilse a further 40 seconds behind, claiming the bronze position.

Winners in the 4km event were extremely talented juniors, Liam Mumford and Ashlee Scott, both leading their counterparts from the start. After running shoulder to shoulder for most of the race, it was  Mumford who hit the tape eighteen second ahead of the speedy Scott.  Matt Townsend was second to Mumford, followed closely by brother Ben, with fourth going to veteran Warren Meng. Jenna Bugeja took the silver medal behind Ashlee, followed by Holly Anderson and Aderline West, who were closing in fast. Well done to all the juniors, in particular those stepping up to the longer distance, ie Suzi Richards and Sam Vella.

Next Sunday’s Martel Marina 5/10km club race will commence 5pm from the boat ramp car park precincts – all runners are welcome to attend and requested to arrive early to sign on prior to the race briefing/start. Club shirts are currently being distributed and further orders are being taken, please see Judy Zahn for any enquiries. Club fees are due 31st March for the running season from February to October – $40 Adult, $20 Junior and $80 family.

Check out the Club’s website, www.mackayroadrunners.com.au for race results, upcoming events and news information or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy 4957 7194.

Sunday 20 February

A huge congratulations to Mackay Road Runners’ hardworking volunteers at last Sundays social 5/10/15km Tilse Toddle, getting approximately 85 runners numbered, registered and briefed for a 5.30pm race start.  Club Registrar Donna Rath and her assistants Teresa Robinson, Cooper Rath and Agnes Farmer did an awesome job with many new and existing Members signing up for the 2011 running season.  Many thanks also go to all the eager youngsters handing our water to the desperately thirsty runners as they took on the intense humidity in completing their respective events.  All runners were treated to some well deserved post race treats and energy drinks courtesy of Race Co-ordinator, Paul Tilse.

Next Sunday will be the first handicap race on the formal 2011 program – the Meng’s 4/8km Cross Country from the Tourist Information Centre, City Gates at 5.30pm.  Club Handicapper and Results Co-ordinator, Paul Tilse has had the opportunity to view Members’ abilities based on the first two social club runs for the year, therefore, runners will commence handicap races based on their individual handicap, thus giving the opportunity for the faster runners to start last and chase down the rest of the field (for a change!)  This also benefits the slower runners, giving  them the opportunity to lead races for as long as it takes the faster runners to catch them, ultimately crossing the finish line at the same time. Commencing from next week’s handicap run, race results will be processed and posted onto the Club’s Website for the interest of race participants.  Handicaps will be adjusted according to finishing results and may only apply to the first seven runners to cross the finish line, depending of the size of the race field.

Club Fees are due 31st March – $40 for Seniors, $20 Juniors and $80 family, with a weekly race fee of $2 per member.  Casual non members will attract a fee of $5/adult & $2/junior per race to cover insurance costs, etc. No cost, social training groups continue to meet Wednesday’s for 5km at 6pm from varying venues across town, check the website for locations. The Cafe La De Da, Wood Street training group meet Saturday’s from approx 5am, although please contact Martin Lambert 4952 5228 to confirm exact times and distance options.  New and existing runners are most welcome to attend any of our informal and calendar events – we invite any interested persons to visit our website www.mackayroadrunners.com.au or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or Judy 4957 7194.