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Run Reports 2014

9km Tourist Info Social Run

December 28 2014

Approximately thirty Mackay Road Runners met last Sunday afternoon for the weekly, off season, casual training run from the Tourist Information Centre, City Gates, Nebo Road.  The 9km event could be adjusted to suit all abilities and with the extremely humid conditions, runners sensibly paced themselves over their chosen distance.

Club Captain, Jim Ford, once again set another interesting concept course, which included teams doing double loop circuits through the Botanic Gardens before finishing with a short lap onto the Peak Downs Highway. Runners were then treated to well-deserved post-race refreshments, although the brownie chef was on strike this week much to the disappointment of Suranjan. All runners performed extremely well, including Martin Lambert, Mark Pashalis, Gabby DeBoni, Kyra Brownsey, Ashlee Scott, Jenna Bugeja, Rachel Sylvestri, Travis Mumford, Hayden Connor,  Jamie Sanders, Leanne Connor, Julie Whibley, Layla Sanders, Marie Muscat and Russell VandenBosch.

A highlight of the run was Jim Ford performing a special going away presentation to Liam Mumford, who will be moving early next month to USA’s West Virginia University of Charleston.  Liam, who has been offered and happily accepted an Athletics Scholarship from the University, will also be studying for a Sports Science degree whilst training and racing throughout the many athletics meets that the country has on offer. Liam will be returning to Mackay in May for a short break to race in a couple of his favourite local events, the Eungella King of the Mountain and the BMA Mackay Marina Run.  Best wishes to Liam, who will not doubt do himself, his family and Mackay proud whilst he is in the States.

This Sunday’s casual training run commences 5.30pm from the southern end of Diesel Drive, Paget, where runners can look forward to another unique ‘Jim’ course.  The Wednesday 5km social run at 6pm on 31st December will commence from Metro Cafe, River Street (as per Xmas Eve)  in lieu of the usual Bluewater Quay precinct due to major New Year’s Eve celebrations being held at the Quay.  The venue will return to normal the following week being the first Wednesday run for 2015.

All interested persons are reminded to check out www.mackayroadrunners.com for the official 2015 program or for any queries, you are welcome to phone Janelle 0400 99 7432.

Pre Christmas Bucasia 10km

December 21 2014

Approximately forty Mackay Road Runners got into the spirit of the last Sunday run before Christmas with a 5/10km event from the Bucasia Shopping Centre. The very warm conditions were thankfully not as hard to handle with the cool afternoon sea breezes easing the humidity slightly.

The course included a short road trek to the beach where runners then proceeded to run the beautiful sandy shores of Bucasia Beach past the swimming enclosure and around the rocky point to the Shoal Point Park.  Runners to arrive first were well rewarded by doing a few repetitions of the closest hill whilst waiting for the rest of the runners to regroup. Once reunited and rehydrated, runners retraced their steps for the return trip along the beach and swirling headwinds back to the start.

Congratulations to current Male Club Champion, Liam Mumford, who has accepted an Athletics Scholarship at University of Charleston, West Virginia USA. Liam, who will be leaving Mackay on 8th January, will also be studying Sports Science whilst attending regular track training sessions as well as racing in competitions every two weeks. Although Liam is ecstatic about the awesome opportunity, he will be sad to leave all his family and friends, however, he will be returning to Mackay in May for his first Uni break. Congratulations Liam!!!

Mackay Road Runners will continue to run during the festive season, however the Wednesday 24th December social 5km will start and finish at Metro Cafe, River Street.  Runners can stay for post-race refreshments and nibbles and still be home in time to prepare for Santa’s arrival.

Mackay Road Runners 2015 formal program is on the calendar for Members and for those interested in joining the Club for a great year of running fun, fitness and comrarderie. Mackay Road Runners welcomes all new and exisitng runners to attend any of our events….for further information phone Janelle 0400 99 7432 .

Surf Club River to Breakwater 10km

December 14 2014

Last Sunday’s River to Breakwater 10km from the Mackay Surf Club was held in warm, but awesome conditions, as runners traversed the sandy tracks parallel to East Point Road towards the mouth of the River.

In the absence of the usual Race Director Jim Ford, Shawn Claydon briefed over twenty runners on a tough but enjoyable course of five kilometres soft sandy trails from the outset, finishing with a beach run back to the Breakwater wall and Surf Club precincts. Excellent running by Russell Van den Bosch who has been steadily improving with each weekly run, as is Jane Ada and John Rodden.  Mark Pashalis, who revelled in the tough beach conditions, also ran well after a long injury stint.

Mackay Road Runners farewelled Japanese exchange student, Narumi Ito, after her yearlong visit to the region where she attended year eleven at St Patricks College.  Narumi, who is the 2014 Junior Female Club Champion, was presented with a photo of herself with a group of Mackay Road Runners on a personalised 2015 calendar and a Mackay Road Runners embroidered towel to take back to her homeland this week. Narumi’s humble and warm personality will be sorely missed among the Mackay Road Running fraternity as well as her host families, school, etc….

Many thanks to all the Mackay Road Runners’ volunteers who continue to host a variety of casual training groups in the off season. Check out the calendar for locations, times as well as the newly updated 2015 program.

This Sunday’s casual training group 10km run starts 5.30pm from the Hibiscus Shopping Centre carpark, Bucasia, with shorter course options as usual to suit all levels and abilities. For further info, you are welcome to contact Janelle 0400 99 7432.

Memorial Pool to Town Beach

December 06 2014

Mackay Road Runners continue to run socially after the completion of their official 2014 program, with some training for specific events, whilst others just happy to start or maintain their fitness over the silly season.

The Saturday morning running group held a very challenging 20km run for over thirty runners from the Mackay Harbour to the North Wall and the long sandy stretch towards Lamberts Beach, back to the Mackay Surf Club via Slade Point Road. The course included the varying terrains and scenic views of Lamberts Beach Lookout, Mount Bassett and East Point before finishing off with a refreshing swim in the Mackay Harbour. Runners were grateful for the early morning rain, which dampened the humidity slightly. They then treated themselves to a sumptuous breakfast hosted by the awesome Gary & Pauline at Casu Jacks.

The extremely humid conditions continued throughout the weekend, but this did not deter another group of avid runners from joining in the Mackay Road Runners social 12km training run from the Memorial Pool to Town Beach.  Club Captain, Jim Ford designated runners into teams of two runners of varying abilities starting from the pool car park. The faster runner of each team turned at the 6km mark at the end of Town Beach, whilst their partner turned at a shorter point, with the concept being that the faster runner had to turn and catch their team member by the final straight and cross the finish line together.  Andy List and Karen Baker were the standout winners, both uniting just in time to complete their individual distances at the same time.

Runners are urgently reminded that the extreme conditions at this time of year mean that extra care is definitely required to ensure hydration levels are maintained before, during and after running events and any strenuous activities.

Mackay Road Runners invite members and non-members to their various off season social training groups – 20km this Saturday 5am from the Mackay Surf Club, 5km Wednesday 6pm from the Bluewater Quay and 5.30pm this Sunday 10km from the Mackay Surf Club.  The run distances accommodate all abilities, with various turn around options, doing only the distance that you choose at whatever level you are at.  Mackay Road Runners encourage participation whether you are an advanced or beginner runner…..all welcome.

Sandfly Creek Social Run

November 23 2014

Last Sunday afternoon’s extremely humid weather did not deter over thirty runners from battling the stifling conditions as they blazed over the 8km course which included the beautiful Sandfly Creek Trail, the full length of Goldsmith Street and nearly three kilometres of Town Beach.

Mackay Road Runners Club Captain, Jim Ford’s innovative concept over the 8km distance once again did not disappoint the keen runners as they were split into two teams before being briefed on the circular course. The two teams set off in opposite directions with the goal of Team A to come in twelve minutes or more ahead of Team B.  Team B, lead by Pete VanDenBogert, smashed the handicap barrier by easily coming in first under the twelve minute criteria. Team A’s fastest runner, Liam Mumford was his team’s best chance of securing the win, however, VanDenBogert was Team B’s awesome secret X factor…..apparently, unbeknown to course organiser and Team B member, Jim Ford!

Runners can now look forward to this Sunday’s social 5/10km event, commencing 5.30pm from Blacks Beach Tavern car park.  Jim does NOT promise there will be no sand and hills included in the undulating beachside suburb, which borders Eimeo and Dolphin Heads!  All runners of any age and ability are warmly invited to attend and complete whatever distance they choose, as well as to stay for post run refreshments in the Tavern’s lounge.

Mackay Road Runners offer social, no cost, off season group training runs where Members and non-members are most welcome.

The 2015 formal running program will be finalised in the coming weeks and posted on the Club’s website shortly. For further information on any Mackay Road Runners activities including the off season group training sessions, check out the calendar or ph Janelle 0400 99 7432.

Three Loop Social Run

November 16 2014

Last Sunday afternoon at 5.30pm, over forty runners were treated to another challenging course designed by Mackay Road Runners Club Captain, Jim Ford.   The three loop social course catered for all abilities where runners had the options to do one, two or three loops or even utilise the park pathways from Norris Road thorough to Annie Wood Avenue.   Jim’s course led runners from the Mackay North High School precincts along Valley Street, up High and down Pollock Streets onto Norris Road before further steep ascents of Raymond Croker and Bona Vista Drives.  Runners then descended Annie Wood and James Croker Avenues back to Norris Road for the final loop back to the start via the Touch Football fields and North Mackay High School oval.   Adding to the enjoyment of the run, Jim also allocated runners into four teams based on their zodiac signs, which meant teams had runners of varying abilities, with the first whole team to cross the line taking out the coveted prize!  All runners were rewarded with refreshing watermelon after their awesome efforts.

The ‘off’ season is hardly so for most of the runners, with several training for out of town races early next year.  Congratulations to returning runners Carole Murray & John Sheridan who performed extremely well over the tough course as well as relatively novice runners Russell Van den Bosch, Leanne Connor and Travis Mumford.

Runners now look forward to this Sunday’s 10km Town Beach (Iluka Park) Sandfly Trail circuit at 5.30pm, which of course, has options for shorter distances so that everyone is catered for.  These off season events are open to anyone……you do not have to be a Mackay Road Runners Member, all welcome!

Check out the club’s calendar for further updates on training events, 2015 program, etc…

Blue Water Quay to Mt Pleasant Social Run

November 9 2014

Last Sunday’s 5/10km Bluewater Quay to Mt Pleasant social run was attended by approximately forty avid runners who thoroughly enjoyed the course and race concept set by Mackay Road Runners Club Captain, Jim Ford.  The warm conditions thankfully became quite mild from the 5.30pm start as runners hit the Bluewater Trail and Forgan Bridge towards the Gooseponds before the serious ascent of High Street to the Lookout.   Runners had the option of turning at the Gooseponds, thus catering for those wanting the shorter course.  Jim’s race style was to separate runners into handicapped groups starting five minutes apart and regrouping at the half way point before the return trip to the starting point, where runners were then rewarded with refreshing watermelon and chocolate brownies for their efforts.  These off season social runs are great for those wanting to retain their fitness in the off season with no pressure to race.  All Mackay Road Runners members and non-members are very welcome to attend and are warmly invited to bring along their friends and families for a casual training run.

The Club’s Annual General Meeting was held last weekend at the Clarion Boardroom with the induction of the new committee members for the 2015 season.  The returning President, Tim Magoffin thanked his outgoing committee for all their hard work and efforts in making the Club the success it was in 2014 and looking forward to another progressive year with the incoming committee.  The 2015 calendar has been set, however, still needs to be fine-tuned prior to releasing publicly.  All members are invited to the committee meetings on the 2nd Monday each month at the Haynes Mechanical Boardroom in Paget.

In other exciting running news, Mackay’s Andy List had a successful outing at the Barrier Reef Running Festival in Port Douglas at the weekend, where he scored a sensational 7hrs 49min, 7th overall and 1st in his age category in the very arduous 74km trail run.  In steamy conditions, Andy finished in a time massively better than he expected, even though the last five kilometres was on the beach.  Andy’s efforts were nothing short of amazing as he was only forty minutes behind the winner, six and a half minutes behind fourth and thirty-one minutes ahead of ultra-marathon legend Pat Farmer who was in his age category.  At the same event, Lisa Frazer ran an awesome four hours five minutes in the 42.2km marathon where the conditions were very humid and tough as she had to tackle varying terrains similar to the 74km event. Lisa’s exceptional efforts scored her 1st in her age category, 4th female and 18th overall!!  Congratulations to both runners!!!

It may be the off season for some, but Mark McFadzen was another local also performing well for Mackay at the Blackall 100km ultra marathon event over the weekend at the Sunshine Coast. Mark has just returned from knee surgery and was ecstatic to finish “the hardest event he’s ever done”.

On a lighter, more relaxed note, locally, Mackay Road Runners will meet 5.30pm this Sunday for another social offseason training session from the Mackay North High School oval.  All welcome!

Check out the club’s calendar for further updates on training events, 2015 program, etc…

Lamberts Beach Social

November 2 2014

Approximately forty runners were challenged to a very technical course in warm and windy conditions last Sunday from the Lamberts Beach Esplanade precincts. Race Director, Jim Ford, who was unfortunately absent, missed all the fun, especially the sand dunes, however, he instructed Shawn Claydon to be his able substitute Race Director for the day.  Shawn divided the runners into groups whereby half took on the hilly lookouts challenge, whilst the other half scored a beach run which included three reps of a particularly ugly sand dune before the return trip.  To ensure that no one missed out on either event, both groups then swapped to do the opposite course, finishing back at the cul de sac turn around at the Seabreeze Resort Hotel.  Runners were then deservedly rewarded to post race treats of watermelon and Bakers Delight scones/fruit loaf.

Best wishes to Mackay running machine, Andy List, who will tackle the 74km ultra marathon event at the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival in Port Douglas this Sunday. Andy, who has been in serious training for many months in the lead up to the event, is winding down this week as part of the very necessary tapering sessions required before such an arduous event. Andy is expecting very humid conditions and a very tough day at the office, but will certainly be looking forward to any post-race spoiling he can get!

Meanwhile, locally, Mackay Road Runners continue to run socially in the off season (Oct – Feb) every Sunday at 5.30pm from various locations throughout the city and outer suburbs…check the calendar for event sites, distances, etc…  Runners are encouraged in bring their own personal hydration requirements if needed and a gold coin donation to put towards fruit and prizes.

Mackay Road Runners advise their Annual General Meeting will be held this Saturday at 11am at the Clarion Hotel, followed by lunch and the November monthly committee meeting.  All committee positions are up for re election……please seriously consider a role, big or small, much appreciated.

First Off-season Social Run

October 26 2014

Even though the formal Mackay Road Running season has drawn to a close, many avid runners are still keen to retain their fitness until the 2015 formal season begins in February.  Many runners also still have off season out of town goal events in Cairns, Sydney and Hobart that they are training for, including Andy List, Martin Lambert, Karen Low and Shawn Claydon. Approximately forty runners enjoyed the first off season 4.5km & 9km run from the Mater Hospital a couple of weeks ago as well as last Sunday’s Bluewater Quay City Centre Pairs Loop organised Club Captain, Jim Ford.  Jim’s very inventive courses are not to be missed for any runner wanting to enjoy a relaxed social Sunday afternoon run with like-minded individuals. Jim traditionally likes to mix things up to suit runners of all ages and abilities including challenges for the more experienced as well as realistic distances for the runners who are new and possibly returned from injury or layoff.

This Sunday’s 1, 2 or 3  x 3km loop course from Seabreeze Tavern, Pacific Esplanade, Lamberts Beach at 5.30pm will be no exception, therefore will not disappoint with the route tracking over various undulating sandy trails in the beautiful nature reserve at Lamberts Beach. Runners are requested to bring their own hydration requirements, however post-race refreshments/prizes will be provided as a special treat. For information on Mackay Road Runners including calendar events, training groups, etc…..view the calendar.

Several road runners  had the privilege of joining in an exceptional event recently……congratulations to Mat Britton in his “Trail to Triumph” which is a charity event created to commemorate the life of his father, local and regional soccer stalwart, Tony Britton, whilst raising funds and awareness for Mesothelioma (asbestos cancer). Mat, who last weekend ran an arduous 250km,  commenced his trek from Mackay to Moranbah via Eungella, starting early last Friday morning and finishing with him amazingly doing a handstand on his arrival in Moranbah two days later…..awesome effort by Mat and his support crew, who raised well in excess of the $10,000 target.  Check out the link to the Trail to Triumph Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/trailtotriumphqld and here is the link to the fundraising page http://dreamfunda.com/campaign/trailtotriumph#fundas

Melbourne Running Festival

October 19 2014

Several Mackay Road Runners had a very successful outing at the Melbourne Running Festival recently, with personal best times recorded by Carmel Mahon (3hrs 28min), Lindsey Wiggins (3:37) and Brendan Bishop (4:31).  Marathon runners,  Janelle Tilse (3:45), Karla Hook (3:51), Shawn Claydon (2:45), Half Marathoner Paul Tilse (2:16) and 10km runner Tim Magoffin were happy with their performances, however, as usual with most runners, always wanting to do that few minutes/seconds better!  Although the runners enjoyed some well deserved downtime at the Mackay Road Runners Awards night last weekend, they will not be relaxing for too long with several goal events in the pipeline in the coming months.

Road Runners Presentation and Awards Night

October 18 2014

The 2014 Mackay Road Runners Awards Evening was an unheralded success with ecstatic recipients rewarded for their outstanding efforts throughout the year.  The Clarion Hotel was the perfect venue for the Club to host its annual Presentation, where special guests, Club Patron Col Meng and his wife Rhonda were in attendance, as well as local Olympian Benita Willis’s representative Skye Rettke.

Club President, Tim Magoffin congratulated the Club’s many volunteers and over 160 Members for supporting the Club, which retains itself as one of the most respected sporting bodies in the region.  This can only be attributed to the support of the Club’s many valued sponsors and volunteers in staging weekly running events as per the formal running program from February through to October.

Many coveted awards were run and won including the prestigious Col & Rhonda Meng Club Person of the Year, the Benita Willis Handicap 10km, Laura Pettifer Inspirational Eungella Junior King & Queen of the Mountain, overall Male & Female Club Champions and Handicap Champion for 2014.

Liam Mumford claimed the overall 2014 Male Club Champion by a mere point over the very experienced and reigning champion, Shawn Claydon.  Both runners have had a great rivalry all year which has benefited their performances with the never say die attitude by both determined runners. Andy List, who will be tackling a 74km ultra marathon in Cairns in three weeks, was a very deserved bronze medallist.

Carmel Mahon was the outstanding female runner of the year, taking out the overall Female Club Champion award. Carmel recorded many personal best times, including the recent Melbourne Marathon where she ran a very impressive three hours 28 minutes.  New to the senior ranks, Ashlee Scott ran extremely well to clinch second ahead of talented triathlete Nikki Giles.

Club Handicapper, Andy List presented the Club’s Handicap Champion Award, where every runner, male or female, based on their handicap, has the opportunity to take out the major Handicap Champion Trophy.  Andy had the crowd holding their breath as he counted down from the top twenty to the top three placing’s.  Once again, due to consistent running, Carmel Mahon claimed yet another victory by a fair margin, ahead of a very excited Jo Hughes (2nd) and Karen Low (3rd).

Andrew Short was the winner of the Col & Rhonda Meng Club Person of the Year after an enormous year of support to the Club, even though his running season was limited due to injury.  Andrew is one of the most valued members in the club with his gracious and humble support and attitude towards his peers.

Brendan Bishop had a very successful year, collecting many coveted awards along the way, including the Benita Willis Handicap 10km, The Grove Handicap 10km and May Monthly Medal. Brendan also recorded a massive personal best time in only his second marathon at the Melbourne Running Festival last weekend.

Martin Lambert collected the Most Improved Award for very consistent running where he recorded personal best times in every Club Championship race, including an out of town Marathon.  Martin is also a great support to many new and experienced runners via training sessions every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Evergreen, seventy year old runner, Stuart Sprott claimed an amazing first place in the lower age category in the Male Club Championship award over Merv Shields and David Isbister.

Junior runners, Narumi Ito & Jamie Sanders ran well all year to take out the Female and Male Club Championship over several other talented junior runners.  Exchange Student, Narumi has been a pleasure to have in the club and will sadly be leaving Mackay at the end of the year.  Jamie has gone from strength to strength in his running this year including representing Capricornia in Brisbane at the Secondary School State Cross Country titles. His younger sister Layla is also showing signs of being as talented as her sibling, with both of them taking out the 2014 Laura Pettifer Inspirational Award for the Eungella Junior King & Queen of the Mountain.

A highlight of the evening for Publicity Officer, Janelle Tilse was the presentation of a portrait of herself by talented local artist Heather Sprott, who is also the wife of the club’s legendary veteran runner, Stuart Sprott. The special award was a personal thank you to Janelle for her many years of support and efforts to the local running community.

Mackay Road Runners will continue to run ‘off season’ – check out the calendar for various locations for Sunday 5.30pm social running events organised by the very inventive, Jim Ford. For further info please phone 0400 99 74 32 (Janelle)

5km Social Time Trial

October 5 2014

The second last run on the formal Mackay Road Runners program was held in beautifully warm conditions from the Botanic Gardens last Sunday morning. The 5km Time Trial concept was a social informal event where runners could time themselves and personally gauge how they finished the formal running season from when they started eight months ago.  Over thirty runners thoroughly enjoyed the awesome undulating course set by Club President, Tim Magoffin.

One of the Club’s excellent volunteers, Leanne Connor, laced up the boots to tackle her first ever 5km and with great success as she easily traversed the course with the support of her running buddies.  Leanne has been a great support to the club through her efforts in willingly assisting where she can as her son, Hayden and husband, Ross participate in the weekly events.  Ross & Hayden who are among the top runners in the Club after huge improvements throughout the year, have been very encouraging to Leanne as well as many other runners in the club.

Meanwhile, local runners, Graeme Harris competed in the Yeppoon Half Marathon, where he scored a very impressive personal best time of one hour 31 minutes, seventh overall and third in his age category.  This was an excellent result for Graeme, capping off a great year of sensational running where he has consistently and steadily improved to gain the rewards of all his hard work. His children, Jessica & Jackson competed in the kids events, where Jackson came 5th and Jessica was 8th girl, whilst Mum, Melissa was cheering from the sidelines after her Corry Cycles River to Reef ride the previous day.

This Sunday’s final Mackay Road Runners event on the formal calendar will be a 7.5km with options of 2.5km & 5km via loops of the Gooseponds, commencing 4pm from the Willis Street car park cul de sac alongside the John  Breen Park, North Mackay.  There will be a free sausage sizzle after the event as well as random draw prizes.

The Club will continue to run weekly off season on Sundays at 5.30pm until the new season commences in February 2015.  Check the courses page for the always interesting courses designed by Jim Ford.  The events will be of a very social nature, offering options of varying distances for varying abilities. Runners are requested to donate a gold coin to assist in post-race fruit, etc….However, runners will still need to bring their own hydration requirements as the weather will be warming up over the off season.

Those wishing to attend the Club’s prestigious awards evening at the Clarion Hotel on Saturday 18th October need to register and pay $45 per person and RSVP to the Secretary asap.  The cost has been subsidised by the Club as a thank you to the runners and volunteers’ hard work throughout the year.

Best wishes to the many local runners participating in 10k, 21.1k & 42.2km events at the Medibank Melbourne Running Festival this weekend.

Then and Now

October 5 2014

Stuart #1138 in 1992 at his first JAL Gold Coast half-marathon (left and centre photos).
Stuart Sprott – 70 years 7 months young = 2014 at the Eimeo Hotel 16km (right photo)

Queens Park 3km Club Championship

September 28 2014

The final Club Championship race of the Mackay Road Runners season was held last Sunday from Queens Park.  The racing was fast and furious as Club Members had their last opportunity to score valuable open and age category club championship points towards end of year trophies to be presented at the prestigious awards night on Saturday, 18th October at the Clarion.

Current Male Club Champion, veteran Shawn Claydon had his work cut out for him in the very early stages with youngsters, Liam Mumford and Jamie Sanders bolting from the gun at the Goldsmith Street start. The first bend into Shakespeare Street saw the field split as approximately forty runners settled into their race pace behind the three male favourites.  Liam Mumford’s personal best time of 9 minutes 26 seconds over this course was enough take gold ahead of Shawn (9:59) and Jamie (10:26).  Andy List (10:46) was sensational finishing just outside the podium followed by Graeme Harris (11:14), Shane Donnollan (11:19) and Martin Lambert (11:22).  Martin was elated to finish the formal running season on a high note, capping off a great year of personal best times for a multitude of races for the 2014 season, including The Gold Coast Marathon, Run the Whitsunday Great Walk, Eungella King of the Mountain, 5km Club Championship and The Eungella Half Marathon Trail Run to name a few.

The female contingent was led from outset by the in form and very consistent talent of Carmel Mahon (12:30), who retained her lead to score maximum open club championship points over her training buddy Karla Hook (12:59) and fast finishing junior sensation, Layla Sanders (13:01).  After a mountainous race the previous weekend at Airlie Beach, Karen Low (13:19 ) and Janelle Tilse (13:25)  finished 4th & 5th consecutively.

A big welcome back to John Schoneveld, who has been absent from the running scene for some time.  John was a very versatile, talented and speedy runner with the club, scoring sensational times in distances ranging from the mile to the Marathon.   John easily completed the 3km Club Championship event confirming this was his second run in 12 years!

An exceptional performance also came from Japanese exchange student, Narumi Ito, who also scored a personal best time in the 3km event as well as many other events throughout her stay in Mackay this year.  We have been honoured to have Narumi involved in the club as an active runner and volunteer at every weekly event the club stages.  Narumi’s weekend hosts, Mackay Road Runners Members, Simon & Sandra Henderson have been ecstatic to have her included in their lives and weekend activities, so much so, that they want to adopt her!!!!   Many thanks to Narumi for her graciousness and sunny personality.

In addition, superb running came from Frank Tirendi, Derek Woods, Andrew Short, Scott McIntosh, Hayden Connor, David Ada, Ross Connor, Jo Hughes, Jan Smith, Tim Caddy, Sandra Henderson, Trevor Hodgson, Mark Pashalis, Jim Ford, Aidan Donnollan, Stuart Sprott, Leanne Connor and Daven Castle.

Many thanks to course marker, Tim Magoffin and race day volunteers, Karen Baker, Andy List, Simon Henderson, Matt Perkins and Vicki Vickers as well as Robyn Madill for the awesome post-race treats, very much appreciated!

This Sunday’s 5km social time trial event (commencing 5.30pm) start destination is still to be confirmed, however, an email to the Club’s member email data base will be forwarded throughout the week.

A reminder to those wishing to attend the Annual Awards evening to prepay $45 per person to the Mackay Road Runners bank account and let the Secretary know you have done so. The cost has been subsidised by the club in appreciation of the support from its members throughout the year.

Meanwhile internationally, Mackay Road Runner’s Moranbah runner, Gary Jenkinson has today raced the Loch Ness Marathon in Inverness, Scotland…results not to hand at time of printing.

Run the Whitsunday Great Walk 28km

September 21 2014

The Mackay Road Runners annual Run the Whitsunday Great Walk 28km was run and won yesterday from the beautiful precincts of the awesome Whitsundays.  The Signature Event was organised by an excellent committee headed by Andy List, Karen Baker, Greg Coulson, Marie Muscat and their partners as well as a band of sensational volunteers, who travelled from Mackay to specifically assist in the event.

The one hundred and thirty-five strong race field thoroughly enjoyed the arduous event, although some found the going a bit tough and have declared it was the hardest thing they have ever done and may or may not be back!

Recently moved to Mackay, whom we will call a local, female race winner, Victoria Beck was sensational as she scorched over the course taking line honours over the male contingent by over two minutes.  Victoria, who is a New Zealand Marathon champion, appeared to take on the treacherous 28km kilometre course with ease as she sprinted her way over the many serious undulations of the Conway National Park into the streets of Airlie Beach to the finish line at the Airlie Lagoon. Her record breaking time of two hours eighteen minutes was two minutes clear of the first male runner, Josh Dyke, who has also notched up many local running titles himself in the Whitsunday area.

Many local runners also scored personal best times including Greame Harris (2hrs 46 min 21 sec), Martin Lambert (3:04:43), Paul Tilse (4:29:08), Ross Vickers (3:42:30) as well as first timers, Ulrika Widdowson (4:37:07), Karen Low (3:22:03), Angie Furdek (3:44:03), Sandra Henderson (5:59:36); Anna Ryan (4:09:06), Kristian Safe (3:33:47), Alaister Piper (2:51:47), Lindsey Wiggins (2:57:40), Emma Goodman-Jones (4:41:15) and Annette Munckton (4:41:16). Several other local runners backed up again to challenge themselves over known territory in a bid to improve on previous performances – Simon Henderson (3:53:14), David Isbister (4:44:36, Janelle Tilse (3:00:37), Matt Stevens (3:03:39), Will Higham (3:53:59), Michelle Bofinger (4:25:37) and Tim Caddy (4:17:03).

The Benita Willis 10km Handicap Club Trophy

September 14 2014

Over fifty members and non-members congregated at the Bluewater Lagoon parklands opposite Canelands to contest the third Mackay Road Runners annual Benita Willis 10km handicap trophy.  Olympian and local running legend, Benita Willis personally selected the 10km distance as one of her favourite distances and has subsequently donated autographed photos and an Olympic shirt in an awesome framed perpetual trophy for the outstanding club member who crosses the line first based on their 10km handicap start time. Perfect running conditions allowed runners to have the opportunity to run a great time, as many did.

Brendan Bishop has been having a sensational year, rising significantly in the handicap rankings to become one of the big improvers in the club this year. Brendan, who has been benefiting from solid, consistent training since he stormed onto the running scene only two years ago, scored the coveted Benita Willis prize with a blistering five minute personal best time for the 10km, securing the win over Julie Whibley and Greame Harris.   Brendan was rapt with the win and can’t wait to dyna bolt the award to his wall!

The fastest time on the day went to Shawn Claydon as he scorched over the course in thirty-seven minutes nineteen seconds ahead of Greame Harris (40:28) and Martin Lambert (44:09). Lambert and Harris were well pleased with their efforts, both securing personal best times. Fourth placed Andy list was less than one second behind Lambert, followed by very fast finishing Lindsey Wiggins (43:41), David Ada (45:01), David Vincent (45:08), Ross Connor (45:37), Simon Henderson (45:50), Scott McIntosh (46:22) and Glenn Baker (49:03).

Carmel Mahon (46:55) continued her excellent form to be the fastest female ahead of Karen Lowe (49:02), Janelle Tilse (49:03), Karla Hook (49:51), Julie Whibley (50:06), Angie Furdek (50:16), Jo Hughes (51:20), Karen Baker (51:29), Robyn Madill (54:56) and Emma Goodman-Jones (55:15) rounding out the top ten females.

In addition to the 10km event, there was an option to do a 5km, which was avidly supported by sprint demons,  Ricky Parker and Hayden Connor.  Congratulations to all members and non-members who competed in both events, including Marnie Harding, Megan Notnagel, Jim Ford, Anna Ryan, Greg Coulson, Mark McFadzen, Ulrika Widdowson, Jan Smith, Andrew Short, Anna Ottaway, Brendan Hinschen, Michael Williams, Trevor Hodgson, Stuart Sprott and Leanne Connor.

Many thanks to Glen Baker for organising an alternate route due to the closure of the usual course along the Bluewater Trail, as well as our valued timekeepers/race day volunteers, Tim Magoffin, Graeme Railton, Linda McFadzen, Karen Baker, Andy List, Dale-Anne Baker and Andrew Short.

This Sunday’s “Run the Whitsunday Great Walk 28km” is another Signature event hosted by the Mackay Road Runners.  A limited number of runners  of up to 150 have been given permission by the National Parks & Wildlife Services to utilise the Conway National Park for the tough event. Current nominations of 130 runners will be couriered from the Airlie Beach Lagoon to the start of the Great Whitsunday Walk by bus via Brandy Creek.  Runners will then test their endurance and trail running skills over the very physically and mentally demanding course to the finish line at the Airlie Lagoon.   Many thanks to local club members/race organisers, Karen Baker, Greg Coulson, Andy List, Marie Muscat and Will Higham for attending to the logistics and complexity of organising such an event.

For further information on any of the club’s upcoming events, check out the calendar.

Repco Pre-Father’s Day Fun Run

September 6 2014

Mackay Road Runners in association with REPCO successfully staged their annual Pre Father’s Day 5k & 10k social fun run……and in the words of the Club President, Tim Magoffin, one of the most important days of the year…Father’s Day!

REPCO once again supported the event by donating some wonderful Father’s Day oriented prizes which were very well received by the keen runners, even by the girls who hadn’t been Father’s Day shopping yet!

Andy List had an outstanding 10km run with him clocking a total of 42km for the morning. Andy, as well as several other runners who normally do their long run early Saturday morning, had already done several kilometres before the Pre Father’s Day run.  Andy still looked pretty fresh after his marathon run, so much so that he was thinking of doing a few more kilometres over the weekend, definitely not expected to relax too much on Father’s Day!

Several other male runners who ran very well in the very early morning coolness were Matt Stevens, Brendan Bishop, Ross Connor, Darren Binstead, Tim Magoffin, Martin Lambert, Graeme Railton, John Rodden, Alex Andersen, Stuart Sprott, Andrew Short, Lindsey Wiggins and Daven Castle.
Julie Whibley and new runner Lesley ran extremely well in the brisk conditions, as did, Ange Furdek, Karen Low, Karen Baker, Carmel Mahon, Ulrika Widdowson, Melissa Rich, Robyn Madill, Kylie Binstead, Sandra Henderson and Jo Hughes.

Moranbah runner, Gary Jenkinson, who was also expected to feature at the Pre Father’s Day Run, was unable to make it to the start as he doing his three hour long run in the streets of Mackay in a bid to boost his training for the Loch Ness Marathon in Scotland in two weeks. Since its origins in 2002, the Loch Ness Marathon has quickly become one of Britain’s favourite races, being voted by Runners World as one of the top three running events.

Meanwhile locally, the Mackay Road Runners will be hosting the Benita Willis Handicap 10km next Sunday morning at 6.30am from the Bluewater Lagoon. The winner will be a club member who crosses the line first on their handicap start. Last year’s winner, Steven Vincent was well rewarded with an awesome framed perpetual trophy of signed photos and running gear by the Olympic and World champion, Benita Willis.  There will be a 5km option however, the Benita Willis Trophy will be based on the 10km event. All members and non-members are very welcome to attend.

For further information on any of the club’s upcoming events, check out the calendar.

Bonson’s Scrub Rd/Ian Reddacliffe Dr, The Leap 6 & 12km

August 31 2014

The 2 x 6km loop course of Bonson’s Scrub Road and Ian Reddacliffe Drive at The Leap was a very character building experience for approximately forty runners as they scaled and conquered the seriously hilly ascents of the scenic rural suburb last Sunday afternoon at 4.30pm.

With several runners backing up from the morning’s 5km & 11km Sydney St Medical Beach to Gardens Charity Fun Run in aid of CQ Rescue & The Variety Club, there were some exceptional performances on show.

In the 6km event, Liam Mumford continued his excellent form to cross the line first, eleven seconds ahead of Jamie Sanders with evergreen Ricky Parker, a further four minutes in deficit. Hayden Connor scored bragging rights for fourth place, crossing the line thirteen seconds over his Dad, Ross.
Layla Sanders was sensational for the 6km girls, placing first sixth overall and first for the girls ahead of Narumi Ito, Jo Hughes, Megan Notnagel, Nora Bachmahn, Melissa Harris and Natasja Steenkamp.

The altitude levels didn’t deter Graeme Railton as he appeared to easily traverse the tough 12km two loop course taking the win over fast finishing, Andy List and Paul Arvidson. Also in great form, Greame Harris claimed fourth ahead of Sandy Strong, Simon Henderson, Glenn Baker, Stuart Sprott and Paul Tilse.

Carmel Mahon’s excellent running was evident as she charged up and down the many hills in the 12km to claim gold ahead of training buddy, Karla Hook, with Karen Low securing third. Excellent running also came from Angie Furdek, Anna Ryan, Emma Goodman-Jones, Sandra Henderson and Ulrika Widdowson.

Local runners also performed well over the weekend at the Seven Sunshine Coast Community Running Festival, with first time marathoners, Faith Lette and Tracey Baker ecstatic with their individual races. Martin Lambert was rapt with his marathon performance, as was Pieter Van Uuvren, Dave Bellamy and Alan Mullen. Half Marathoners Andy Steane, Linda McFadzen and Scott McIntosh also excelled in their events.

Many thanks to our invaluable race day volunteers –  Karen Baker, Tim Magoffin, Andrew Short, Andy List, Vicki Vickers, Trevor Hodgson, Glenn Baker and Sandy Strong.

This Saturday’s Mackay Road Runners 5/10km pre Father’s Day run commences 6.30am from the playground precincts at the Botanic Gardens Hume/Lagoon Street intersection, with lots of random draw prizes up for grabs, especially if you haven’t been Father’s Day shopping yet!  All members and non-members most welcome to attend.

For any further info check out the calendar.

Podiatry Mackay Magic Mile

August 24 2014

Approximately sixty runners sprinted the 1.6km Podiatry Mackay Magic Mile held from the precincts of the Seabreeze Tavern, Lamberts Beach last Sunday afternoon.  The sunny, cool conditions were perfect for running, although the swirling breezes and slightly undulating streets in the later stages of the race made it tough as the lactic acid and bursting lungs came to the fore.

Liam Mumford, who has been in excellent form of late, took line honours and maximum Club Championship points as he smashed the line in four minutes 32 seconds well clear of talented junior runners, Jamie Sanders (4:45) and Jade Bidgood (4:47).  Shawn Claydon (5:05) settled for fourth overall and second in the open age category ahead of Andy List (5:17), Shane Donnollan (5:28) and Darren Binstead (5:32). Scott McIntosh (5:40), who has been rising into really impressive form towards the later part of the season, secured 8th overall just two seconds over first female, the speedy Ashlee Scott (5:42).

Open age category runner, Ashlee’s first place was twenty-four seconds ahead of the next female, fifteen year old Chelsey Thompson (6:06) with fast finishing eleven year old Layla Sanders only one second in deficit.

Under 18 male runners were in fine form to favour in the first three overall placings as well as Hayden Connor who scored 3rd place in his category and fourteen overall.

There were some outstanding individual performances in the under 13 years category –  3rd placed five year old Millie Bishop running with her Dad Brendan, 2nd placed Lani Featherstonehaugh (7yrs) running with her Mum Mel, Kyo Kupke (8yrs), Sam Riggs (8yrs), Zach Larsson (13yrs and 1st place), Rory Larsson (9 years & 3rd place), Hamish Donnollan (9yrs & 2nd place).

Excellent effort by club veterans, Jan Smith and Stuart Sprott, with Stuart taking out the Magic Mile 1.25kg Milo award for his awesome performance.

Many thanks to race Sponsor Donald Orr (Podiatry Mackay) who was unable to make the event, but as usual, generously donated cash to the junior placegetters in the male and female under 18 and under 13 categories. Donald, who has been a sponsor of the junior runners in the Club for over ten years, is a very valued and much appreciated supporter within the club and wider community.

A huge thanks also to race day volunteers for timekeeping, course marking, marshalling, photographing, etc…..there was so much help from so many…..thank you all!

A full list of results are available from the club’s results page.

Eimeo Pacific Hotel 6k & 14k

August 17 2014

Over fifty runners were treated to a tough test of hills from the beautiful precincts of the Eimeo Pacific Hotel last Sunday at 4pm.  The weekend weather cleared perfectly for great running conditions as Mackay Road Runners traversed the many undulating streets of Eimeo, Dolphin Heads and Blacks Beach.

Two event options of 6km and 14km were available for competitors as local timekeepers, Jan Smith and Kristian Safe and specialist timekeeper from Taroom, Rodney Rider sent runners off on a handicap start, which began with a serious descent onto a relatively flat section before the steep onslaught of Dolphin Heads’ Ian Wood Drive.  The longer distance runners then had to contend with Blacks Beach’s Camilleri Road before trekking through the relatively downgraded undulating streets towards Eimeo School via Busuttin Drive and return.

Excellent running in the 6km came from Jade Bidgood and Hayden Connor who had the fastest times, clocking 22 minutes 33 seconds and 26 minutes 50 seconds consecutively, followed by Ricky Parker (26:57) and Ross Connor (28:37). Narumi Ito was the fastest female in 33 min 43 seconds marginally ahead of Robyn Madill (33:54), Rachel Bidgood (37:48), Melissa Rich (38:15) and Trudi Barben (46:07).  Trudi was impressive as she conversed on her business phone whilst still able to cover the hilly course before rushing off to an appointment…..whew!!!!

Andy List ran sensationally to cover the 14km in an awesome time of 58 minutes 19 seconds, the only runner under the hour.  Graeme Harris also sizzled around the course in spectacular form, clocking one hour five minutes, 17 seconds less than half a minute ahead of a fast finishing Darren Binstead (1:05:39).  Lindsey Wiggins (1:06:47) was also in fine form speeding through the hilly sections of the course taking out the fourth fastest time ahead of David Vincent (1:08:44), Sandy Strong (1:09:04), Simon Henderson (1:11:52) and Brendan Bishop (1:21:56).  Paul Tilse was ecstatic to finally come in ahead of Stuart Sprott last week, but Stuart had his measure this week by over four minutes…..Stuart obviously gets better the longer the distance!

Carmel Mahon scored the fastest female time in one hour eight minutes and twenty-three seconds and was the fifth fastest overall ahead of Vicki Vickers (1:10:44), Karen Low (1:15:57), Janelle Tilse (1:16:57), Karen Baker (1:18:19), Angie Furdek (1:18:54), Anna Ryan (1:20:37); Natasha Steenkamp (1:22:09) and Marie Muscat (1:22:21).  Great to see several girls, including Megan Notnagel, Jo Hughes, Melissa Harris and Donna Rath having a go at the longer distances after injury or stepping up the kilometres to improve their running. Excellent running was also seen by Sandra Henderson, Ulrika Widdowson, Kylie Binstead and Emma Goodman-Jones.

Many thanks to race day volunteers – registrar/timekeepers – Jan, Kristian, Rod, Karen Baker and Andy List; water station attendants and course marshalls – Andrew Short and Tim Magoffin; Narumi Ito who raced the 6km event and then proceeded to take on the photographer role, doing great in both jobs.

This Sunday’s Podiatry Mackay Magic Mile will be a definite test of speed after the longer endurance races that the Club has been having recently.  The 1.6km event commences at 4pm from the Seabreeze Hotel, Lamberts Beach with post-race refreshments, presentation and random draw prizes to be held in the alfresco area of the Resort.  All members and non-members warmly invited to attend, with cash prizes up for grabs in the Open section, under 18yrs and under 13yrs categories.  All competitors to register by 3.30pm – nomination fee of $5 with racing to commence 4pm sharp.

Results for today’s event has been very efficiently uploaded within a few hours of the race by Andy List (Results Co-ordinator) onto the Club’s results page.

M-Test Cape Hillsborough Club Championship 4.5/9km

August 10 2014

Cape Hillsborough National Park was the perfect setting for the annual 4.5km (junior) and 9k (senior) M-Test Club Championship race last Sunday, where over fifty runners competed for vital open and age category Club Championship points.

Club President, Tim Magoffin announced a tough course with runners completing an initial 800 metre sand section before tackling the Hidden Valley trail behind the Cape Hillsborough Resort which included several treacherous hills of varying terrain. Tim’s environmentally friendly course marking skills are to be congratulated with his novel approach to turnaround markings of driftwood and wholemeal flour arrows!

Jamie Sanders ran sensationally to take an early lead in the 4.5km junior male section sprinting from the gun to remain unbeaten to the finish line two minutes clear of Lee Taylor, with Hayden Connor a further one minute in deficit. Fourth placed Ricky Parker thoroughly enjoyed the scenic surroundings, so much so, that he veered off course to check out the terrain. Excellent running from Wayne Zahra to finish fifth, especially after competing in a duathlon the day before, attending a couple of events later that evening, then riding over forty kilometres to Cape Hillsborough from town! Michael Beeby and Alex Anderson crossed the line sixth and seventh consecutively, well pleased to complete the very tough hilly course.

Female running sensation, Ashlee Scott scored a victory by just over half a minute in the 4.5km female event ahead of fast finishing talented triathlete, Nikki Giles.  Nikki also cycled her way from town, unwinding with 4.5km trail run before peddling all the way home again! Third placed Karen Baker finishing extremely well ahead of Nora Bachmann, Lauren Hay and Montana Saron.

The 9km event was a hotly contested affair with Liam Mumford and Shawn Claydon battling for supremacy throughout the entire two loop course.  The challenging course had Shawn take the early lead only to be overtaken by Liam leaving Shawn no choice but to surge again to regain the lead midcourse.  The younger legs of Liam eventually overpowered Shawn on the final ascent to snatch the win by less than ten seconds. Third placed Andy List claimed the final podium position and maximum age category points ahead of Derek Woods.  Martin Lambert ran a great fifth place ahead of Scott McIntosh, David Ada, Simon Henderson, Ross Connor, Greg Coulson and Glenn Baker.

First female and sixth overall, Carmel Mahon continued her excellent form to storm home for gold just over one minute from second placed Janelle Tilse.  Karla Hook sprinted across the line to claim bronze by three seconds ahead of Vicki Vickers (4th).   Karen Low, Jane Ada, Angie Furdek, Narumi Ito, Nicole Wright and Celine Bersier followed in quick succession to round out the top ten females.

Great running was seen by several runners over the very technical course, including new Dad, Kristian Safe, Marie Muscat, Kim Saron, Jim Ford, Robyn Madill, Paul Tilse, Sandra Henderson and Ulrika Widdowson.

Results have been speedily uploaded (as only he know how) by Andy List.

Many thanks to race day Sponsors, M-Test (Wendy & Merv Shields) and volunteers – Andrew Short, Tim Magoffin, Daleanne Baker, Leanne Connor, Teresa Robinson, David Vincent, Craig Widdowson, Ken Furdek, Tamara Furdek,  Andy List and Karen Baker.

All runners and supporters were treated to yummy post-race strawberries, sweets, a sausage sizzle cooked by Craig, Ken & Tamara, cash random draw prizes from M-Test and chocolate treats from Stamford Financial…..many thanks to all!

Next Sunday’s 6/14km handicap start event commences from the Eimeo Pacific Hotel at 4pm….runners are requested to be registered by 3.45pm at the latest so that race day volunteers can attend to their own warmups.

Lamberts Beach + Brisbane & Townsville Marathons

August 3 2014

Whilst several local competitors were running Marathons in Brisbane and Townsville last Sunday, Mackay Road Runners hosted a social 5km & 10km event from the Seabreeze Tavern, Lamberts Beach in very cool windy conditions.

Those locals to perform well in Brisbane were husband and wife, Mark & Linda McFadzen, Emma Goodman-Jones and Karla Hook, who ran the entire 42.2kms crossing the line together in 5hrs and 6 minutes. The awesome foursome, who were very supportive of each other, were ecstatic to finish the tough endurance event, especially as it was Emma’s first marathon and a personal best time for Linda. Mackay’s Anna Ottaway was sensational in her marathon event, clocking  three hours 25 minutes, collecting a silver medal in her age category and 8th overall female….wow!

At the other end of the State, in the Townsville Marathon, Vicki Vickers was impressive in the 42.2km, crossing the finish line in 3hrs 38 minutes.  Full results on all other local competitors were still not to hand at time of printing.  Congratulations to all runners on their individual achievements.

Meanwhile, locally approximately forty runners enjoyed the 2 x 5km lap course which included several undulating, winding streets of Slade Point and Lamberts Beach as well as the tough trek up to the scenic Lamberts Beach Lookout.

In the 5km event, junior runners Hayden Connor, Darcy Webb-Smith, Hayden Brownsey and Swiss Exchange Student Celine Bersier revelled in the tough conditions, crossing the line in very respectable times alongside their older more experienced rivals including Liam Mumford, Simon Henderson, Paul Tilse, Jo Hughes, Ricky Parker, Ulrika Widdowson, Karen Low, Karen Bakr, Angie Furdek, Kim Saron, Sandra Henderson, Tash Bovenkamp, Shane Barben, Anna Ryan and Melissa Rich.

In addition to the 5km, 10km competitors were checked in at the finish line by the Club’s most coveted asset, Life Member and extraordinary timekeeper, Agnes Farmer.  Runners were grateful to see her and the finish line after the tough two loop course, including Ross Connor, Paul Arvidson, Tim Magoffin, Stuart Sprott, Pieter VanUuvren, Carmel Mahon, Paula Easton and Shawn Claydon. An outstanding run in the 10km came from Samat Widdup, who easily completed the hilly outing in his usual relaxed style.

This Sunday, runners are looking forward to the next Senior and Junior Club Championship race, the M-Test Cape Hillsborough 4.5km & 9km from the precincts of the Cape Hillsborough parklands. Members and non-members are very welcome to run and stay for the free post-race BBQ and random draws. Families, friends and supporters are also invited to the post run celebrations and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Cape Hillsborough.

For further infomation on any aspect of the Club, whether it be competing, volunteering or supporting the Club in any way, please explore the website, phone the Secretary 0403 344 289 or Publicity Officer, Janelle Tilse 0400 99 7432.

Eungella King of the Mountain

July 27 2014

Perfect conditions were the order of the day for the running of the prestigious annual M-Test Eungella King of the Mountain 6.4km and Laura Pettifer Inspirational 3.2km Junior King of the Mountain.

Approximately eighty runners across both events were sent on their way by our awesome race day timekeepers, Melissa Harris, Jo Hughes and Leanne Connor as they lined up for the treacherous trek from Netherdale to the pinnacle of the Eungella Range.

Liam Mumford was victorious in winning his second King of the Mountain crown forty-one seconds ahead of experienced veteran of the Mountain, Shawn Claydon, who has previously won the event eight times including last year.  Third placed Ryan Palazzi was sensational only five seconds behind Shawn, with Shane Donnallan sprinting across the finish line for fourth. After an excellent first place at the Whitsunday Running Festival, Airlie Beach Half Marathon last weekend, Graeme Railton scored fifth ahead of Andy List, Simon Wilson, Joseph McAlpine, Darren Binstead with Ryan Hardy rounding out the top ten places.

The female race was open with the absence of reigning Queen of the Mountain Judy Zahn, who has ten titles to her credit.  Marnie Harding ran a great race to take the gold medal only twenty-three seconds ahead of in form runner Carmel Mahon, with Janelle Tilse finishing in third place one minute ahead of Karen Low.  Karen Baker was a further minute in deficit followed by Sally Wegner, Mirta Parenza and well known Eungella local, Marg Barrett.

Outstanding performances in the 6.4km event came from Linda Young, Robin Richards, Megan Notnagel, Donna Rath, Tash Bovenkamp, Robyn Madill, Cooper Rath, Anna Ryan, Lee Hughes, Michael Beeby, Carmel Moran, Scott McIntosh, Ricky Parker, Martin Lambert, Alastair Piper, Matt Stevens, Greame Harris, Sandra Henderson, Tim Magoffin, Ross Connor, Mark Pashalis, Emma Goodman-Jones, Catherine Meng, Kim Saron, Robyn Ford, Paula Easton, Sue  Wedemeyer, Tim Curtin, Kristian Safe and David Moloney.

The Laura Pettifer Inspirational Junior 3.2km King/Queen of the Mountain was a family affair with brother/sister combination breaking the tape first. Jamie and Layla Sanders were awesome in clinching the major prize of cash donated by Podiatry Mackay (Donald Orr) and Amart All Sports vouchers donated by Laura Pettifer’s Mum, Veronica.  The Pettifer family have supported this event for several years since the passing of their very talented sportswoman daughter in a tragic cycling accident.  Laura, who is a past winner of the 6.4km King of the Mountain, is very fondly remembered by all that knew her wonderful spirit which is now continued through her family’s legacy in supporting junior athletes.

Also in the junior event, Hayden Connor scored a great second place ahead of Tom Henderson, Hayden Brownsey, Jackson Harris and Jake Whittaker, with Japanese exchange student, Narumi Ito placing second in the girls ahead of Rylea Giles.

Congratulations to all runners, including first timers who from all accounts thoroughly enjoyed the toughness of the event, only to be spoiled at the post-race presentations by the Eungella Community Development Association’s yummy brekkie options.  Many thanks to them for their very welcoming hospitality which including mini markets of homemade jams, chutneys and gorgeous Chenille clothing!

Congratulations to all cyclists, including winners, Nikki Giles and Brendan Brauer, who conducted their event alongside the running event, ably hosted by the Cycle and Triathlon clubs and sponsored by long-time supporter Mackay Tyrepower.

Results have been posted. Visit the results page for the link.

Magpies Meander 5 & 10km

July 20 2014

Congratulations to Graeme Railton taking out the gold medal placing in last weekend’s Whitsunday Running Festival Half Marathon event at Airlie Beach.  Graeme excelled in the extremely cool sunny conditions, where he also recorded a personal best time of 1 hr 25 minutes 02 sec.  He was rapt with his performance, hoping that low humidity would assist in achieving a good time, but was ecstatic when he clocked his best ever time. Another local runner, Graeme Harris, also found the conditions to his liking, clocking a personal best time of 1 hour 32 minutes, and after several running injuries to contend with, was extremely pleased to achieve this result.  Several other Mackay runners also performed extremely well, including, Emma Goodman-Jones, Matt Perkins and Mark McFadzen.

Meanwhile in local racing, the Mackay Road Runners held the very popular social 5km & 10km Magpies Meander from the car park precincts of the Magpies Sporting Complex.  With most runners doubling up to complete the 10km event, over forty runners bolted from a handicap start to tackle the seriously testing 5km undulating circuit of the Glenella suburb.

Paul Arvidson and Andy List battled shoulder to shoulder for most of the 10km, with Paul the eventual victor, breaking away from Andy in the final stages to take out the top podium position.  Shane Donnallan settled for a very speedy third place ahead of fast finishing Lindsey Wiggins, Darren Binstead, Samat Widdup, Sandy Strong, David Vincent, Scott McIntosh and Ross Connor.

After being out of town for several weeks, Judy Zahn easily accounted for the series of hills in the 10km to be the fastest female ahead of Carmel Mahon and Janelle Tilse. Excellent running also came from Karen Baker, Karen Low, Marie Muscat, Donna Rath, Kylie Binstead and Jan Smith.

In the 5km event, Liam Mumford and Ashlee Scott lead the field from the gun and could not be bettered.  Their outstanding form continues with each race they tackle in the lead up to this weekend’s Eungella King of the Mountain 6.4km.  Thirteen year old Hayden Connor’s 5km performance was outstanding among the more experienced competitors. Great running also came from Sandra Henderson, Narumi Ito, Andreas Baum, Kim Saron, Ashleigh Mason, John Rodden, Robyn Madill and Simon Henderson.

This weekend runners are looking forward to the next Club Championship race, Mackay Road Runners Signature Event, the M-Test Eungella King of the Mountain 6.4km and Laura Pettifer Inspirational Junior King of the Mountain 3.2km.  All members and non-members are invited to attend the annual prestigious event commencing from the small township of Netherdale, 70 kilometres toward the beautiful Pioneer Valley region.  Runners are requested to nominate by 7.30am at the latest, so that their family, friends and supporters can take their vehicles to the summit at the Eungella Chalet entrance to await their arrival across the finish line.  The combined cycling event sponsored by long time generous supporter, Mackay Tyrepower will be held in conjunction with the foot race, commencing 1 minute prior to the runners.  Racing will commence at 8am sharp due to the Finch Hatton Police closing half the road for runners and cyclists.   Nominations for both the cycling and running events will be $10 for seniors and juniors….however, bring some extra cash to purchase the post-race scrumptious breakfast and support the mini markets hosted by the lovely locals, The Eungella Community and Development Association, held in conjunction with the race presentations and random draws at the community hall to the right of the Chalet, opposite the sporting fields.   (PS bring some warm clothes!!!!)

For any further information on any of the club’s events, check out the calendar; The Secretary 0403 344 289 or Publicity Officer, Janelle Tilse 0400 99 7432.

Mt Pleasant Tavern Trot 5 & 10km

July 6 2014

Last Sunday,  over forty Mackay Road Runners were competing at the internationally famous Gold Coast Marathon Running event……however, locally, in beautifully cool, sunny conditions, another forty or so runners attended the social 5km & 10km Mt Pleasant Tavern Trot.

The southern travellers enjoyed great success with many earning themselves personal best times as well as doing their longest distance ever – Clay Perkins (10k), Narumi Ito (10k), Simon Henderson (42.2k), Shane Barben (42.2k), Martin Lambert (42.2k), Ulrika Widdowson (42.2k), Trudi Barben (10k), Karen Low (42.2k), Angie Furdek (21.1k) and Chris Banney (42.2k).  The latest news from the glitter strip was that the athletes were taking a well-deserved post-race celebratory rehydration session to discuss their individual race experiences with other local runners including Sandy Strong, Matt Stevens, David Perkins, Linda & Mark McFadzen, Marie Muscat, Alex Anderson, Sandra Henderson, Jo Hughes, Andy List, Brendan Bishop, Stuart Sprott, Shawn Claydon, Steve Jackson, Anna Ryan, Emma Goodman-Jones, Russell O’Hara and Jack Simpson. Consistent kilometre pacing came from several runners to place highly in their age categories, including Andy List (42.2k) and Shawn Claydon (21.1k).

Two Mackay runners have previously been inducted into the Gold Coast Half Marathon 10 year club; Stuart Sprott in 2007 and Shawn Claydon in 2010.

Meanwhile locally, runners revelled in the perfect running conditions to tackle the meandering course from Mt Pleasant to the Bluewater Quay via the very scenic Riverside Drive.  Many thanks to course marker Glenn Baker, his wife Karen and doggie for ensuring the course was an exact 5km & 10km.  Some excellent times were set in both events and recorded by the Club’s most experienced timekeeper, Agnes Farmer.

Great 5km running by Anthea Ford, Sandy Marchetti, Nixon Rodden, Hayden Connor and Hayden Brownsey as well as 10km runners, Scott McIntosh, Paul Arvidson, David Isbister, Tim Caddy, Mark Pashalis, Mary Blakeney, Julie Osborne, David Vincent, Carmel Mahon and Jim Ford.  Many thanks to Andrew Short who missed the Gold Coast Marathon and today’s run through injury, but still graciously volunteered by bringing the club trailer at today’s event.

Next Sunday’s 5km &10km Robbo’s Roundabout commencing 4pm from Gordon White Library car park is another well attended and looked forward to event on the club calendar.  Runners are expected to be signed on and registered with the timekeeper by 3.45pm to ensure the handicap start begins from 4pm sharp.   All members and new runners are very welcome to attend.  For further info on any of the club’s upcoming events, including our Signature events, check out the calendar and feature events page.

BMA Mackay Marina Run Thankyou Breakfast

June 18 2014

Approximately three weeks after the very successful 2014 BMA Mackay Marina Run, the committee held a thank you breakfast at the Clarion Hotel, with special guest from Brisbane, The Leukaemia Foundation’s Community Fundraising Manager, Inga Hendy on hand to thank the Mackay Group.

Race Directors Mackay Road Runners Sandy Strong and Tim Magoffin thanked the sponsors for their vital support of the event, encouraging them to continue to be part of the largest regional running festival for 2015. The amazing record numbers of 3006 runners at this year’s event was way beyond their expectations, however, with the continued support of the sponsors and hundreds of volunteers, the aim is to further raise the bar of participation by providing an event that the whole community can enjoy.

The committee’s original objectives in 2009 were to provide a unique sporting event for the city, increase community participation, improve health and wellbeing, promote the beautiful Mackay region and most importantly, raise much needed funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.  To the great delight of the committee, these goals have so far been achieved with nearly $235,000 raised for the Leukaemia Foundation since 2009.  This amazing amount was contributed by so many individuals and corporate challenge teams fundraising throughout the year.  JSIS Engineering, who once again took first place in the 2014 Clarion Hotel Corporate Challenge Team 5km event, raised $6758 and nearly $55,000 since they entered the event in 2009 – Congratulations to Leanne & John Shepherd and their team.

Cameron Owens was once again the highest individual fundraiser raising $2826 and a total of $8,100 since 2009. Cameron and JSIS Engineering are incredible role models for the community and the Leukaemia Foundation thanks them and all fundraisers’ efforts, they are eternally grateful for the massive contribution for their cause.

With the foundations well and truly laid going forward, the committee has already met to commence proceedings for a bigger and better BMA Mackay Marina fun in 2015. Mackay Road Runners and the Leukaemia Foundation welcome the support of the local community, whether through schools, sporting bodies, businesses, etc…. to be involved in any way they can, big or small…..your contribution will be invaluable.

Many thanks also to race/event sponsors, BMA, City Fitness, Clarion Hotel, The Daily Mercury, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal as well as event supporters, ABC Tropical North, Strategic Media Partners, Mackay Marina Village Restaurants, North Qld Bulk Ports, Healthpoint, Australian Sports Nutrition, Rockwear, 4MK Zinc Radio, Seven Mackay, WIN, Tropical Exposure, Blue River Water, Temporary Fence Hire, Sizzler, Coates Hire, Mackay Tourism, Minemech Services, G&S Engineering, Central Signs & Graphics, Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club, O’Hara’s, Zined Group, Massage Addiction, SES, Mackay West Rotary Club, Photographers, John Higham & Alex Comben, Whitsunday Anglican & Mackay North High Schools, Fiesta Rentals, East Coast Traffic Control, Complete Environment Solutions, Scott Eggert and Musicians Clinton, Jeff, Ian, Sammy & Alison and cyclists, Marek & Paul.

Shield Stampede 5 & 12km

June 15 2014

The annual Shields Stampede 5km & 12km event was attended by over sixty avid runners in the perfectly cool running conditions from our generous hosts’ residence, Life Members, Wendy & Merv Shields.

All runners across both events had to endure the many undulating hills of Mt Pleasant and winding streets of Beaconsfield and Andergrove as they were sent from a handicap start.  Race day timekeepers, Jeanette Farrugia, Linda & Mark McFadzen, Andy List and Ulrika Widdowson were very efficient in the iPad timing from race start to the finish line.

The five kilometre event saw Liam Mumford clock the fastest time of 21 minutes 22 seconds in his usually easy relaxed style ahead of second placed Scott McIntosh (22:25), whilst triathlete, Wayne Zahra scored bronze a further half minute in deficit.  First female, Narumi Ito was sensational in 24 minutes 45 seconds ahead of Rachel Bidgood (27:30) with Tanya Davenport (27:35) closing in fast for third place.  Congratulations to the new runners Catherine Meng, Gelareh Totonchi, Kya Kupke, Michael Anthony and returning members, Trevor Hodgson and Mark Pashalis. Great running also came from Rylea Giles, Sandra Henderson, Michael Widdup and Trudi Barben.

In the 12km event, runners were treated to a grand finale of two tough kilometres which included the slightly undulating Norris Road hills, the gentle ascent of Bona Vista Drive, then the descending loop via  Annie Wood Avenue, Raymond Croker Avenue towards the finish line in Karl Langer Crescent, Mt Pleasant.

Fastest of the day for the 12km was Andy List in a sensational time of 46 minutes 41 seconds, narrowly defeating Damien Savige (46:52) followed by Lindsey Wiggins (50:55), Ricky Parker (51:56), Ryan Hardy (52:12), Matthew Stevens (53:52). Great running by a multitude of male runners including Shane Barben (58:32) who bolted from his handicap start, as well as Tim Magoffin’s very loud effort to sprint the last downhill kilometre to pass one of the more senior girls in the club!   Tim will be heading to England this weekend for a month long home exchange and no doubt getting in some secret summer training, which could be similar to our current mild winter.

Fastest female, Carmel Mahon (54:00) was nearly one minute clear of the next female, Vicki Vickers (54:54) with third place going to Karla Hook (55:59), marginally ahead of Nikki Giles (56:13) and Janelle Tilse (57:11).  Karen Low (58:33) held a two second edge over fast finishing Lisa Burns (58:35), with Karen Baker (1:00:12), Angie Furdek (1:00:29) and Jo Hughes (1:01:29) closing out the top ten girls. Excellent performances also came from Donna Rath, Mary Blakeney, Julie Osborne, Julie Whibley, Robyn Madill, Megan Notnagel, Emma Goodman-Jones, Jan Smith and Sandy Marchetti.

An outstanding effort by big improver, junior runner, Cooper Rath to complete the 12km in one hour twenty one seconds, way ahead of his more experienced senior rivals, including his Mum….walking to school tomorrow Cooper????

Samat Widdup (57:39) continued his excellent form over the longer distances, running impressively over the testing course, as did new runner, Colin Hardy and regular runners, Tim Caddy, Stuart Sprott, Brendan Bishop, David Vincent, John Rodden, Merv Shields, Andrew Short, Glenn Baker, Greg Coulson, Simon Henderson and Sandy Strong.

Many thanks to our race day volunteers and to the awesome post-race treats provided by Hostess Wendy Shields and culinary challenged runners Sandy Marchetti, Jo Hughes and Janelle Tilse.

This Sunday’s social 5/10km run commences 6.30am from the Bluewater Lagoon…all members and new runners are warmly invited to attend. Check out the website for results, and upcoming runs including the Club’s Signature events.

Cathy Freeman Oval to Harbour North Wall

June 8 2014

Over forty runners braved the very cool, wet and windy conditions last Sunday from Cathy Freeman Oval to the Harbour North Wall and return.  Five kilometre runners were fortunate to have their turnaround mark on the road just before Lamberts Beach’s Seabreeze Tavern, which meant no sand running for them.  However, the 11km runners had a six kilometre stretch of beach included in the middle of their event, as well as a strong headwind on the outward journey to the turnaround at the Harbour’s North Wall.  Not that they were complaining, it’s all part of the character building experience that makes running so fun!

The handicap race had runners sent on their way by timekeepers, Nikki Giles, Julie Osborne, Andy List and Martin Lambert via a staggered start based on their individual handicaps. Top performances came from 5km runners, Jamie Sanders, Rachel Sylvestri, Ross Connor, Layla Sanders, Mark Pashalis, Jo Hughes and Karen Baker.  Arriving directly at the run after a four hour car trip from Townsville, Trudi Barben was officially the best dressed 5km runner, as she jumped out of the car with running shoes on, as well as a lovely dress, tights and jewellery…she does not like to miss her run!  Not to be outdone, husband, Shane then belted out a great 11km run to stretch the car legs!

Backmarker in the 11km, Liam Mumford had his work cut out for him from the start, as he sprinted the road and sand to claw his way back to catch the lesser handicapped runners. After his fourth placed overall at last weekend’s BMA Mackay Marina Half Marathon, Mumford still ran a great race today as did, Andy List, Greame Harris, Ricky Parker, Tim Caddy, Lindsey Wiggins, Andrew Short, Carmel Mahon, Karen Low, Karla Hook, Jan Smith, Emma Goodman-Jones, Lisa Burns, Stuart Sprott, John Rodden,  Donna Rath, Robyn Madill and Cooper Rath.

After an awesome 8km run at last weekend’s Mackay Marina Run, Samat Widdup surpassed his 11km expectations by running his longest ever distance, just over 14kms in a bid to train for next year’s Mackay Marina Run Half Marathon.

Many thanks to our race day timekeepers, Nikki, Julie, Martin and Andy, as well as course marker, Tim Caddy and water stop and course setup guru, Andrew Short…..many thanks to them all, much appreciated.

Runners now look forward to this weekend’s 5km &12km Shields Stampede at 4pm from 21 Karl Langer Crescent, Mt Pleasant.  The undulating course is a great annual event hosted by two of the Club’s Life Members’ Wendy & Merv Shields….all Members and new runners are most welcome to enjoy the Shields’ and the Club’s hospitality.

Congratulations to all those who helped out and ran the 2014 BMA Mackay Marina Run…..it was a great success with records numbers, perfect weather, awesome sponsors and supporters…see you all next year!

Mt Bassett 5 & 11Km

May 25 2014

Over fifty runners congregated at the East Point Road end of the Mackay Surf Club car park last Sunday afternoon to contest the 5k and 11km Mt Bassett Run.  The beautifully warm running conditions were perfect for the club members’ final hit out before this weekend’s largest regional running festival, The BMA Mackay Marina Run.

Excellent times were set by runners in both the 5km & 11km races, including Narumi Ito’s first ever 11km race with the club, taking out the handicap 11km overall win. Kylie Binstead easily won the family affair over husband, Darren with baby Charlee spinning in marginally ahead of Darren. David Vincent ran a well-controlled race, retaining his lead by outpacing the looming handicapped runners trying to catch him at the finish line. Backmarkers, Liam Mumford and Shawn Claydon were taking it steady at today’s run in the lead up to this weekend’s BMA Mackay Marina Run Half Marathon event, where they finished 2nd & 3rd respectively last year. Mumford & Claydon, who are hopeful of improving their race placings and times this year, will no doubt once again push themselves to the limit in a bid to break the tape first. Sensational running also came from a large contingent of competitors in the 11k, including Carmel Mahon, Vicki Vickers, Karla Hook, Lisa Burns, Jo Hughes, Ulrika Widdowson, Julie Wibley, Marie Muscat, Sandy Marchetti, Cathy Jones-Trifelly, Shane Barben, Sandy Strong, Paul Tilse, Ricky Parker, Stuart Sprott, Mark McFadzen, Simon Henderson and Glenn Baker.

John Rodden, who has been improving steadily from week to week, lead for most of the handicap start 5km race, marginally ahead of Emma Goodman-Jones, although Emma surged in the final straight to snatch the lead, crossing the line first. Other runners in the 5km to perform well were Steven Vincent, Samat Widdup, Scott McIntosh, Hayden Connor, Merv Shields, Jayden Connor, Jarrod Symonds, Sandra Henderson, Trudi Barben, Lindsey Wiggins and Rachel Bidgood.

Many thanks to race day volunteers, Karen Baker, Cooper & Donna Rath, Andy List, Tim Mgoffin, Agnes Farmer and course markers…..excellent work once again, so much appreciated.

Mackay Road Runners in association with The Leukaemia Foundation are looking forward to the annual BMA Mackay Marina run this weekend.  It is expected that there will be record numbers of over 3,000 competitors across the BMA 21.1km, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal 8km, City Fitness 5km, Clarion 5km Corporate Team and the Daily Mercury 3km.   The organising committee appreciate the ongoing wholehearted commitment by corporate and community bodies, enabling the continued success of the event…..come one, come all, enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Marina and it’s awesome restaurants….see you at the finish line!

Casu Jacks 6 & 12Km

May 10 2014

The cool, wet conditions did not deter approximately forty runners where Lindsey Wiggins recorded the fastest time in the 6km Casu Jacks Pre Mother’s Day run from the Mackay Marina Precincts last Saturday.  His excellent time which included a tough ascent of Mt Bassett, was two minutes clear of second placed Ross Connor. Third placed Hayden Connor, who was just over one minute in deficit, left big improver John Rodden cruising across the finish line just outside the podium placing’s in twenty-six minutes forty seven seconds.

After a very tough Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon run the previous weekend, Emma Goodman-Jones took gold in the female 6km in an impressive twenty-five minutes twenty-one seconds marginally ahead of Jane Ada (25:43), Mikaela Claydon-Cook (28:43), Kim Saron (30:14) and Sandra Henderson (31:41).

In the 12km event, backmarker, Shane Donnollan ran a sensational race over the varying undulating terrain of sand and asphalt to clock fifty minutes forty seven seconds, ahead of fast finishing Darren Binstead (53:35), Martin Lambert (55:54), Matt Stevens (56:45), Simon Henderson (57:40), Sandy Strong (57:59) and David Ada (58:45).

After an awesome second place behind her training buddy, Carmel Mahon at the 10km Moranbah Labour Day Fun Run seven days ago, Karla Hook claimed first place in the 12km by just over thirty seconds in a great time in the tough conditions ahead of talented veteran runner Judy Zahn (59:21). Carmel & Karla were ecstatic to take gold and silver in Moranbah, in what is always a very arduous event with many talented southern runners in attendance. Meanwhile, back to the 12km Casu Jacks Pre Mother’s Day race, Karen Low continued her excellent form to place third (1:01:10) ahead of Janelle Tilse (1:02:17), Ashleigh Mason (1:06:03), Jo Hughes (1:06:46), Anna Ryan (1:07:00) and Robyn Madill (1:08:21).

Excellent running in the 12km also came from Tim Miles, Andrew Short, Greg Coulson, Glenn Baker, Mel Rich, Karen Baker, Robyn Ford, Ulrika Widdowson and Sandy Marchetti.

Runners and supporters enjoyed a post-race breakfast and coffee from race day sponsors, Casu Jacks, as well as being spoilt with Mother’s Day themed random draw prizes. Many thanks to race day volunteers Andy (White Kenyan) List, Glenn Baker, Andrew Short, Angie Furdek, Brendan Bishop, Shawn Claydon and Leanne Connor.

This Sunday’s Club Championship 5k & 30k will commence 6.00am from Northview Park, Royal Boulevard Drive, Glenella. All members are eligible for valuable open and age category Club Championship points which go towards the coveted Male & Female Club Championship Trophies presented at the Awards Night in October.  Non-members are always welcome to attend any of the Club’s events for a race day fee of $5.

Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

May 4 2014

Everyone’s a winner when you go to Hamilton Island, especially when you’re competing in a team or as an individual in the Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon.  The weather turned very cool and breezy come race day, although this was a definite advantage to attaining a personal best time where the conditions are usually very hot and humid.

Awesome weather conditions saw seventy-six individuals and twenty-two teams consisting of three runners each contesting the half marathon distance of 21.1km, as well as forty kids lining up for the 750metres, 1500 metres and 3000 metres races.

It was once again a very well organised event by the Hamilton Island’s Activities and Events Manager, the awesome Steve Jackson, who as usual had heaps of willing and excited Hamilton Island staff and volunteers assisting on the course and at the post-race presentations…thanks heaps to them all!

Many Mackay locals who attended were repeat competitors (offenders) in addition to several first timers loving the experience and toughness of the very hilly, unique course.  Outstanding personal best performances were on display including  Martin Lambert, Graeme Railton, Shane Barben, Paul Tilse, Andrew Short, Emma Goodman-Jones, Anna Ryan and Trudi Barben. A large contingent of Debbie Joynson’s Step into Life Group were also in attendance, enjoying the sensational atmosphere of the event.

The Mixed team section was won once again by common denominator Kristen Legrand with excellent support from her team mates, ironman Matt Perkins and talented triathlete, Karlee Hayden.  Graeme Railton and Janelle Tilse both won gold in their respective age categories and were 5th male and 5th female across the line.  Andrew Short’s personal best time was enough to secure third in his age category, with Alex Anderson claiming fourth.

Young Emma Barben ran a blistering 1500 metres to take first place for the girls’ junior race, whilst her brothers Ryan & Leon ran exceptionally well in the 3000 metres to claim third and fifth consecutively.

The event was once again treated to record breaking wins by the male and female winners, James Tunbridge (1hr 37min 3 seconds) and Hanny Allston (1:39:51). Hanny, who was second overall across the line, once again showed her class over the ‘short’ trail run (by her standards).  Hanny was a recent guest of the Mackay Road Runners inaugural Eungella Half Marathon Trail run a few weeks ago, where she conducted a ‘Find your Feet’ clinic.  Experienced trail runners, Hanny and her partner Graham, once again conducted another interactive information session on nutrition and techniques required for trail running the day before the Hamilton Island event.  Best wishes to Hanny in her upcoming World Mountain running championships in Italy later this year.

Farmer’s Gallop 6 & 17km

Apr 27 2014

Approximately sixty runners enjoyed the perfectly warm running conditions at the legendary 6km & 17km Farmers Gallop last Sunday morning from 62 Evans Avenue.

The 6km course consisted of a flat, fast track along Harbour Road to the 3km marker and return. Nearly twenty runners were sent from scratch and handicap starts, with the fastest time going to fourteen year old Jamie Sanders, who clocked a very speedy  23 minutes 19 seconds ahead of fellow talented junior girls Gabi DeBoni (25:23) and Rachel Silvestri (28:06).  Second male, Scott McIntosh (28:13) was only a further seven seconds in deficit, followed by Narumi Ito (30:55), Layla Sanders (31:26) and Trinity Nash (31:56).  Local girl, Tracey Sheehan, who has been living in London for the past six and a half years, returned to Mackay to compete in the 6km event.  Tracey, who has been competing in half marathons and triathlons over the last few years in London, revelled in the early morning humidity.  Other excellent performances also came from Julie Whibley, Rachel Bidgood, John Rodden, Kim Saron, Sandy Marchetti, Sandra Henderson, Mikaela Claydon-Cook, Trudi Barben, James Magoffin and Bayden Barrett.

Over forty runners contested the arduous 17km event from a handicap start, with timekeepers, Andy List and Judy Zahn doing a great job recording the starters and finishers. The very hot and hilly course that led runners from the North Mackay start line through to Slade Point, Andergrove and to Mt Pleasant’s not so pleasant hills saw Mark McFadzen record the quickest time of one hour eleven minutes twenty-seven seconds ahead of veteran runner Derek Woods, who scored a sensational time 1 hr 16 mins 53 secs.  Recent inaugural Eungella Half Marathon Trail Run winner Graeme Railton (1:17:13) impressed once again to place third ahead of Darren Binstead (1:17:42), Greame Harris (1:20:57) and Sandy Strong (1:22:41).

In the 17km female field, Carmel Mahon continued her excellent form to be fastest and seventh overall in 1:22:59, marginally ahead of fast finishing Vicki Vickers (1:23:49), training partner, Karla Hook (1:27:32), Janelle Tilse (1:30:30) Lisa Burns (1:32:22), Marie Muscat (1:34:56); Karen Baker (1:35:21), Angie Furdek (1:36:22), Jo Hughes (1:36:32) and Sonya Van Tongeren (1:37:20) rounding out the top ten. Awesome running from identical (NOT) twin sisters,  Camron & Shannon Ebzery who are both relatively new to running and are in full training for the BMA Mackay Marina Half Marathon.

Mackay Road Runners invites and welcomes new runners including Michelle Bofinger, Tayah Mills and Katrina Tognolini who performed extremely well in the 17km race, as did regular runners, Ulrika Widdowson, Glenn Baker, Alex Anderson, Marie Muscat, Julie Osborn, Mary Blakeney, Kylie Binstead, Linda McFadzen, Paul Tilse, Andrew Short, and Robyn Madill.

Many thanks to race day volunteers, Tim Magoffin, Ray Barrett, Ricky Parker, Judy Zahn, Anna Ryan, Andy List, Andrew Short and Sandy Marchetti. All runners and volunteers were treated to post race chocolate and banana cakes made by sisters, Jo Hughes and Janelle Tilse….their Mother would be sooooo proud of their culinary skills!!!

This Sunday, several runners are competing in the very tough, hilly and character building Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon…..best wishes to all runners for an enjoyable and successful weekend.  Meanwhile, locally, the club will conduct a social 5km & 10km ‘Nominate your time’ this Sunday at 4pm from the Botanic Gardens, Lagoon Street/Hume Street playground.   Runners will be asked to not run with their watches, estimate their race time and whoever is the closest will win the coveted prize of ???

Those wishing to nominate for the BMA Mackay Marina Run will need do so ASAP by 1st May to guarantee their race singlet/t-shirt.  With only weeks to go before the big day (Sunday, 1st June), participants are urged to regularly check the website www.mackaymarinarun.com for updates, course maps, race bag collection location, frequently asked questions, etc….  Please note the Marina Breakwater will be closed due to maintenance, therefore, if you participated last year, there will be several changes to be aware of.  We also ask that you thank and support our race sponsors, as there would be no event without them.  The Marina Run Committee has been working extremely hard over the past twelve months to stage a successful and enjoyable event, and with the expected significant increase in competitors, they ask that runners and their supporters adhere to all advised guidelines.   The Mackay Road Runners and the Leukaemia Foundation thank YOU for your support and look forward to seeing you on 1st June!

Kmart 5 & 14km Loop

Apr 20 2014

Local runner Shawn Claydon had a very successful outing at the Virgin Money London Marathon on 13th April, where he placed 378th overall in a massive field of nearly 36,000 runners.  Shawn’s time of 2hrs 45 minutes 21 seconds was several minutes outside his goal time, so unfortunately his race did not quite go to plan, however, even though he was disappointed, his positive attitude was that it was the best he could do on the day.  His 5km splits in the first half of the race were impressive as he clocked a 1hr 17min 24 sec half marathon, although with the toughest part of the race to come, he couldn’t sustain his pace.  Shawn said “I took off feeling really good and didn’t back off, but then died for a few kilometres which really slowed him up for the crucial final stages of the race.”  Shawn had trained extremely well leading into the event, so was feeling in top condition to do a personal best time. He said “the weather was nice and cool considering the race started at 10am, there were spectators the entire course and they encouraged everyone which was very uplifting.”  Shawn said it was very special to have your name called out by random spectators (his name was on his singlet) as well as literally hundreds of people along the course watching, playing music, etc.  Shawn is now enjoying some well deserved downtime seeing the sights of Ireland and Paris for a couple of weeks before he heads home to the real world!!!

Meanwhile in local racing over the Easter break, approximately forty runners met at the Gordon White Library car park  at 8am for the 5km & 14km Kmart Loop.  The perfectly sunny skies were a little warm for running at 8am, but the time delay allowed for the Easter Bunny to visit before participants enjoyed the social club run.

Club President, Tim Magoffin gave a very detailed description of the technical course, whereby runners ran in groups so that everyone knew where to go and could regroup at regular intervals to ensure all made it to the finish line safely.  The course involved a final tough, hilly onslaught via Valley, High and Pollock  Streets,  Annie Wood Avenue and Bona Vista Drive before finishing back at the Gordon White Library car park.

Excellent running in the 5km came from Ross Connor, Samat Widdup, Trudi Barben, Kim Saron, Hayden Connor and Sandy Marchetti. In addition, runners in the 14km who ran extremely well included Liam Mumford, Lindsey Wiggins, Andy List, Ulrika Widdowson, Jan Smith, Stuart Sprott, Karen Baker, Paul Arvidson, Tim Magoffin, Andrew Short, Martin Lambert, Glenn Baker, Shane Donnollan, Jo Hughes, Lisa Burns and milestone birthday boy, Ricky Parker.

Congratulations to club stalwart Granny (Jan) Smith, who welcomed the safe delivery of her third granddaughter, Scarlett on Easter morning. Many thanks to Timekeepers, Aidan Donnollan, Simon Henderson and Sandy Marchetti and race registrars, Karen Baker and Andy List.  All runners and volunteers were well rewarded with post-race cake and Easter eggs.

This Sunday’s 6km & 17km Farmers Gallop run will commence 6.30am from 62 Evans Avenue, North Mackay.  Our gracious host, Life Member Agnes Farmer has always been very welcoming in opening up her home for the event….even though she is NOT a morning person and most definitely not a runner.  Her late husband Fred, who passed away last year, was a well respected Marathon runner in local and interstate running circles.  Runners are requested to register by 6.15am at the latest, thus allowing volunteers time to commence racing at 6.30am sharp.

Eungella Trail Half Marathon

Apr 13 2014

Race Director, Matt Stevens and his many volunteers were well pleased with the success of one of the Mackay Road RunnersSignature Events, the inaugural 21.1km Eungella Trail Run which is included in an intrastate Half Marathon Trail Running Series.  The organisers and competitors could have done without the atrocious weather conditions caused by Tropical Cyclone Ita, however the event went ahead much to the pleasure of nearly one hundred and twenty runners.

The event commenced on Friday 11th April with a two day camp, ‘Find your Feet’ Running Workshop hosted by the very experienced and qualified, Hanny Allston. Hanny’s running achievements are far too numerous to list, however, she has successfully competed in events from 3000 metres to the Marathon, where she was an Australian Marathon Champion, as well as Australian Mountain Running Champion, World Orienteering Champion and most recently, 2014 Six Foot Track winner. The North Face sponsored Athlete has an impressive CV in trail running as well, smashing the 20 year old 80km Overland Track Record in 8 hrs 14 minutes. Hanny is not only a gifted runner, she is also trained in Medical Science, Primary Teaching, Life Coaching and Business, and is currently working as a running, health and life coach, assisting her clients in achieving their ultimate ambitions.

Hanny blazed over the Eungella Trail Half Marathon 21.1km course at the inaugural event on Sunday 13th April. Hanny’s sensational time of 1 hour 35 minutes outclassed both male and female competitors, taking line honours nearly ten minutes ahead of second overall runner, the very talented interstate runner, Victoria Beck. Victoria, who has recently moved to Mackay, held a decisive gap over the rest of the field, before crossing the line in 1 hour 44 minutes.  Nikki Giles was ecstatic to finish in third place in what was a tough event, leaving some very talented athletes in her wake.

Graeme Railton ran an awesome race to come from behind to take the top prize and third overall in the 21.1km ahead of the highly credentialed Lee Taylor and Andy List.  Railton enjoyed the toughness of the event, revelling in the heavy track conditions, which included many water crossings, slippery rocky and muddy undulations, thus adding to the unique test of trail running.

Winner of the ‘Most Muddy’ Trophy was a hotly contested affair due to the course conditions. However Matt Stevens had no qualms in awarding it to the very muddy Glenn Baker. Glenn was very excited to take out the prestigious award, claiming he had ‘trained hard’ for it.  After several muddy tumbles herself, his wife, Karen, was clearly in contention, but as the judges’ decision was final with no protests accepted, I’m sure Glenn will be happy to share!

Race organisers would love to acknowledge the generous support of sponsors, partners and volunteers including major sponsors Ace Panel & Paint, Zambrero Healthy Mexican Restaurant, Canelands Central, Field Engineers and Financial Linx.

Many thanks also to National Parks & Wildlife representatives, including Greg Lennox and Marg Barrett, the wonderful SES crew, course Marshalls, awesome timekeepers, Erin Safe & Kylie Binstead, race  registration table, the amazing committee headed by Matt Stevens, Eungella Chalet’s hospitality and the wonderful support of family and friends to the exhausted, but elated competitors…..see you next year!

Queens Park Club Championship 5 & 10km

Apr 6 2014

Approximately seventy runners battled the very humid conditions in last Sunday’s Forsyth Accountants 5km & 10km Club Championship event which commenced at 4pm from Queens Park.

Hayden Connor took line honours in the 5km event, taking gold in a personal best time of 20 minutes 56 seconds.  Hayden was well pleased with his time, after qualifying for interschool representation at his school cross country race two days before. Second placed, Samat Widdup sprinted the final straight to clock an impressive 21 minutes 47 seconds ahead of Tom Ford (25:16), Steven Vincent (26:28), Cooper Rath (28:04), Aidan Donnollan (29:24) and Ryan Ford (30:39).

Trinity Nash claimed the female 5km title of the day and a sensational third overall in 25 minutes 09 seconds, ahead of Glynis Forse (27:12), Donna Rath (28:02), Kierra Vincent (30:40), Susan Wedemeyer (31:05); Robyn Ford (31:05) and Mikaela Claydon (33:32). Outstanding performances also came from ten year old Harper Kerrisk (30:42), Kimberley Porsche (35:33), Rylea Giles (35:35) and Trudi Barben (36:22).

In the 10k event, Liam Mumford and Shawn Claydon battled shoulder to shoulder with Liam being the eventual victor by a matter of seconds after sprinting away from Shawn on the final bend.  This capped off a very successful weekend for Mumford, who won the prestigious North Queensland Games Olympic Torch Bearer 1500m event in Townsville last Friday. Andy List claimed the final podium position ahead of Darren Binstead, Mark McFadzen, Derek Woods, Paul Arvidson, Shane Donnollan, Graeme Railton, Martin Lambert, Greame Harris and Andrew Short.

Ashlee Scott was sensational in the 10k, placing fourth overall and taking maximum club championship points ahead of fast finishing Carmel Mahon, Nikki Giles, Vicki Vickers, Karla Hook, Judy Zahn, Lisa Burns and Karen Low.

Many thanks to race sponsor, Forsyth Accountants, who were ably represented by Stacey Egglestone in handing out coveted cash random draw prizes to the very lucky recipients.

Runners can now look forward to this Sunday’s social 21k Eungella Trail Run commencing from the precincts of the Eungella Chalet, with runners requested to collect race packs between 6.30am to 7.30am for an 8am race start.  Elite athlete, World Mountain Running champion and 2014 Six Foot Track winner, Hanny Allston will be conducting a  trail running workshop the day before, bookings are essential.

For further information, view the calendarFacebook; phone the Secretary 0403 344 289 or Janelle 0400 99 7432.

Rural View 5 & 10km

Mar 30 2014

Over sixty runners excelled in the very challenging and hilly Rural View Handicap 5 & 10km event last Sunday.  Extremely hot and humid conditions prevailed for the entire course, with no relief in sight after only a brief sprinkle of rain prior to the event.

In the 5km event, many of the junior runners, including Campbell Behan, Aidan Donnollan, Charlotte Fordyce, Ryan Barben, Hayden Connor, Narumi Ito and Tom Henderson performed very well over the tough course, with numerous varying undulations over the very technically difficult course.

Runners in the 10km event were very excited after doing the first loop of testing undulations, to then back up again for a second stint at the ‘character building’ outing. Highest handicapped runner, Shawn Claydon, blitzed the course from the back of the pack as he chased down the rest of the field in his usual speedy style.  Others to excel included Lisa Burns, Karen Low, Jan Smith, Karen Baker, Carmel Mahon, Nikki Giles, Kylie Binstead, Kim Saron, Jo Hughes, Linda McFadzen, Wayne Zahra, Greame Harris, Graeme Railton, Stuart Sprott, Trevor Hodgson, Andy List, Mark Pashalis, Brendan Bishop and Paul Tilse.

This Sunday’s Forsyth’s Accountants 10km Club Championship will commence 4pm from the Queens Park Rotunda, Goldsmith Street. There will be a 5km option for those who wish to do a shorter distance. Runners are advised to arrive and register by 3.45pm at the latest, so that volunteers can attend to their own warm-up before racing which will commence at 4pm sharp. Many thanks to Forsyth’s Accountants for their continued sponsorship and support of the Mackay Road Runners.
Also, a big thankyou to race day volunteers, Leanne Connor, Andrew Short, Karen Baker, Andy List, Sandra Henderson and Tim Magoffin.

For further information, view the calendarFacebook; phone the Secretary 0403 344 289 or Janelle 0400 99 7432.

Rock n Road Cycles 5km

Mar 9 2014

The first of the Mackay Road Runners Club Championship races for 2014, the Rock n Road Cycles 5km, was held in very dismal, cyclonic conditions, but went ahead nevertheless.  Approximately fifty brave runners had to alter their running style and speeds to suit the treacherous conditions, but were elated to complete the ‘character building’ event.  Long time, generous sponsor, Ron Steel from Rock n Road Cycles once again supported the event with awesome random draw prizes that unfortunately were unable to be drawn due to the atrocious post-race conditions.  However, this Sunday’s 4/8km run at 5pm from the beach end of Bridge Road will be re-gifted to Rock n Road Cycles in honour of Ron’s support of Mackay Road Runners’ events.

Excellent running by local female athlete, Ashlee Scott, as she exploded from the start at Queens Park, to record an outstanding 18 minutes 58 seconds in what was a very tough 5km, where she and the rest of the field encountered huge headwinds on East Gordon Street and Binnington Esplanade.  Ashlee’s times have been awesome as she consistently improves with each race she contests. Continuing her excellent form from 2013, Carmel Mahon secured silver in 22 minutes 15 seconds ahead of Vicki Vickers (22:53), Karla Hook (23:07) and Lisa Burns (23:22). Excellent running by Melissa Rich, Rachel Bidgood, Robyn Madill, Jo Hughes, Karen Low, Karen Baker, Sandy Marchetti and Cilla Martland to secure amazing times in the testing conditions.

The top three male competitors were only seconds apart as Liam Mumford snatched the win in 17 minutes 24 seconds from Shawn Claydon (17:46) followed by the very gifted and talented fifteen year old Jamie Sanders, who secured bronze in 17 minutes 48 seconds. Sanders has literally improved in leaps and bounds as he gains strength and confidence in his abilities as a top class runner. Jade Bidgood is another up and coming talent, scoring fourth in 17 minutes 57 seconds ahead of experienced veteran, Andy List (19:00) and Graeme Railton (19:59). Top class performances also came from Merv Shields, Ricky Parker, Simon Henderson, Hayden Connor, Andrew Short, Derek Woods, Sandy Strong and Scott McIntosh.

Many thanks to the very tolerant volunteers who had to weather the storm (literally) whilst setting up for the event and clocking all runners as they crossed the line….very, very much appreciated – Mackay Road Runners thanks you!

Also a big thank you to the Club Secretary, Sandra Henderson for her quick response on Facebook to link the results, which were efficiently and expertly compiled by Results Co-ordinator, Andy List.

For further information on all upcoming weekly events including –  Eungella Trail Run and Hanny Allston Workshop (April); Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon (May); Mackay Marina Run (June); M-Test Eungella King of the Mountain (July); Run the Whitsunday Great Walk (Sept), etc…..view the calendarFacebook; The Secretary 0403 344 289; or Publicity Officer, Janelle 0400 99 7432.  All new and existing members of all abilities and ages are always welcome.

Harbour Lighthouse 5km

Feb 7 2014

After a very successful Sports Expo & sign on at the MECC last Sunday, Mackay Road Runners held their first official event on the 2014 running program…..the 5km Harbour Lighthouse social run. Many thanks to volunteers for helping out at the Expo with setting/packing up and promoting the Club to the many prospective members that visited the stall. Congratulations to Mackay Regional Council for putting on and supporting this great annual event.

Meanwhile, at 5.30pm that afternoon, with thunder, lightning and torrential rain that had prevailed for the entire day, Mackay Road Runners were amazingly fortunate to still be able to conduct their 5km event after a very brief window of fair weather, thus allowing over forty runners to get their running fix for the day.

President Tim Magoffin welcomed new and existing Members, congratulating them on their awesome efforts in braving the very uncertain weather conditions in a bid to get their 2014 formal running season underway.Many thanks to Tom Henderson for looking after the runners’ gear whilst they were out enjoying themselves.

Whilst the course was very wet, slippery and covered with water in some sections, there were many excellent performances by runners who were keen to show their running prowess early in the season, including Karen Low, George Elcombe, Simon Henderson, Darren Binstead, Liam Mumford, Jamie Sanders, Kim Saron, Linda McFadzen, Chris Banney, Kylie Binstead, Mark Pashalis, Sandra Henderson, Greame Harris, Andrew Short and Greg Coulson.

Runners are requested to cross all fingers and toes for the whole week in the hope the weather clears significantly before next Sunday’s 3.5km & 7km Meng’s Cross Country, commencing Sunday 6.30am from Rowallan Park’s mountain bike track.  The loop course, which features lots of tricky twists and turns, is an awesome cross country off road trail course.  It is highly recommended that runners car pool, possibly with high clearance or 4WD vehicles to assist with entry access and car parking.

Intending Members are reminded to visit the club’s registration page, where registration is simple and secure.
Annual Membership Fees:
$55 for a single adult
$110 for a family
$22 for a junior (under 18 years of age)
Annual membership fees are due on the last day of February annually for existing members.
For new members, membership fees are due immediately. Club points are allocated only when runners are financial club members. To be eligible for annual awards, members must have competed in a minimum of ten calendar events. Weekly Race Fees: Members – $2 per race per person (senior and junior) and payable on registering each race day. Non-Members – $5 per person (senior and junior)

Harbour North Wall 10km

Feb 2 2014

Last Sunday’s 10km sand dune run from the Harbour North Wall was a very blustery, sandblasting affair due to the aftermath of Cyclone Dylan.  Approximately fifty runners were treated to a gritty test of determination, topped off with a large layer of sand as they trudged through the sand dune trails towards the Seabreeze Tavern at Lamberts Beach.  The Jim Ford designed course allowed for runners to be grouped  together based on their abilities,  then regather at regular intervals through the circuit to ensure the safety of all runners.

An excellent effort once again by eight year old James Bell who ran with the intermediate speed group with his Dad, Greg. James had little trouble keeping up with the more experienced runners, although only on the rare occasion was he piggybacked up  the steeper sand dunes, much to the delight of his dad, who could then really amp up his training regime.

It was also great to see many new runners testing themselves in the very tough conditions that have prevailed recently in readiness for the official start of the Mackay Road Running program which commences this Sunday with a social 5km from the Harbour Lighthouse boat ramp car park at 5.30pm.

For further information on the Club, check out the Mackay Road Runners at the MECC at the Mackay Regional Council’s annual Sports Expo and Sign on day this Sunday from 10am – 2pm.

Magpies to Gooseponds 10km

Jan 26 2014

Runners can now look forward to Jim’s last exciting off season social Sunday training run before the official 2014 program commences on 9th February. Runners are to meet 5.30pm from the Harbour North Wall, where they will be briefed on the course description. All members/non-members and new/existing runners are most welcome to attend.

Mackay Road Runners will be at the Mackay Regional Council’s Sports Expo and Sign-on at the MECC from 10am to 2pm on Sunday, February 9th, with the Club’s first social 5 km run to be held that afternoon at 5.30pm from the Harbour Lighthouse Boat ramp.

Check out the Mackay Road Runners calendar for more information and register to become a Member of one of Mackay’s most inclusive clubs.

Harbour to Mt Bassett 9km

Jan 19 2014

Last Sunday, an awesome attendance of nearly fifty runners congregated at the Harbour Lighthouse Boat ramp for a 2km warm-up run to Mt Bassett.  Once again, Race Director, Jim Ford, designed another uniquely interesting format (thanks Jim, I don’t know where you get your ideas from), whereby runners were each given a playing card on their first lap up Mt Bassett.  One of the faster runners, Liam Mumford,  lead the group up Mt Bassett and when he reached the top, blew a whistle to signal all runners to stop where they were, place the card on the hill and run back to the start.  Runners then continued to do four more repeats of the hill, endeavouring to push themselves harder on each lap to see how far past their card they would end up by the time Liam blew the whistle again when he reached the top of the hill.   Runners enjoyed the novelty of the course, whilst still getting a great training workout and bonding experience with the other participants as they regathered at the base of Mt Bassett before each lap. The efforts of the runners in the very humid conditions were a credit to them towards improving their fitness and running goals.

Congratulations to amazingly talented youngster, eight year old James Webb, who completed the entire course with the senior runners including his super-fit Dad, Greg. A big welcome to all the new runners who joined the off season social training group in the last couple of weeks and great to see the return of existing Mackay Road Runners members returning from injury.   As reward for their efforts, runners were deservedly treated to post-race fruit and sweets after a 2km warm down back to the boat ramp. Many apologies to elite triathlete, Jack Simpson, who was doing some very earnest solo training at the usually quiet Mt Bassett road, before he was swamped by the training group….well done Jack, keep up the good work!

This Sunday’s 12km no cost, social, off season training run commences 5.30pm from Magpies Sporting Complex car park. As usual, Jim Ford will have course options for varying abilities, so all welcome to attend.

With only three more off season runs, the formal 2014 program for Mackay Road Runners commences with a social 5km run at the Harbour Lighthouse boat ramp on 9th February.  Interested persons are requested to check out the calendar for a full list of weekly events.  For a great year of running and genuine camaraderie, Mackay Road Runners invite you to register as a Member with the club by selecting the appropriate links on the site to join. Mackay Road Runners will also be at the MECC’s Sports Expo and Sign On, February 9 from 10am to 2pm…see you there!

Planet Paget Social 10km

Jan 5 2014

Mackay Road Runners off season social running race director, Jim Ford conducted a very unique course for over thirty runners last Sunday from the Paget Industrial  Estate.  Jim organised a very well thought out course titled “Planet Paget”, where his brainwave was for six teams to find six mystery locations in the unusually quiet streets late Sunday afternoon in Paget.  The winning team consisting of Calvin Deacon, Carmel Mahon, Ashlee Scott, Karla Hook and Martin Lambert were excellent in deciphering the best options towards ticking off the nominated checkpoints on their card.  All team members had to cross the finish line together as part of the event to take the top prize.  Their combined individual talents and supportive united teamwork was a major factor in their successful result.

Excellent performances came from the second placed team of Greg Coulsen, Simon Henderson, Noel Barnett, Melissa & Jess Harris, Trudy Barben and kids.   All teams performed exceptionally well, especially in the extremely warm, humid conditions that prevailed the entire weekend.

Congratulations to Sandra Henderson who backed up after her first Saturday morning long run to compete in the ‘Planet Paget’ Sunday afternoon social 10km training session.

Many thanks to Jim Ford for the time consuming role of setting up the very popular course concept.
Great job by Shawn Claydon in judging the winning teams, thus ensuring the coveted prizes were awarded correctly.

Best wishes to Shawn, who will be competing in the Oceania Masters Athletics Championships this Sunday morning in Bendigo.  Shawn is in top form to race the 21.1km Half Marathon event, where he is highly rated to feature in the overall podium positions.  Shawn is hopeful that the temperatures will be more favourable that the oppressively humid conditions he has been training in of late.

Meanwhile, locally, Mackay Road Runners will meet this Sunday afternoon at 5.30pm from the Base Hospital car park for a 10km social run to the Mater Hospital.  Multiple choices of course options are available for varying abilities, therefore all welcome to attend, whether a member or not.   Participants can look forward to refreshing fruit post run and the possibility of chocolate prizes.

For further information on any of the club’s events and the 2014 running season program, check out calendar; facebook; the secretary 0403 344 289; or Janelle 0400 99 7432