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Melbourne Marathon

Whilst the Mackay Road Runners had a rest weekend from racing, over twenty Mackay Road Runners registered a strong contingent of talented runners at Australia’s largest marathon event, the 41st Medibank Melbourne Marathon at the weekend. Among nearly thirty-five thousand competitors across all events, excellent results in the Marathon saw Carl Pinkstone clock an impressive 2 hours 57 minutes (20th in his age) in the testing 42.2km event with injury ridden Julian Picot scoring well to place seventh in his age in three hours and eight minutes. Melbourne is a favourite racing destination for many locals, including Martin Lambert (3hrs 45min), Jose Short (3hrs 47 min), Jenny Harmer (4hrs 34min) and June Bradley (4hrs 15min). Congratulations to first time marathoners, Bronwyn Overall and Erin Crowley who ran in sync supporting each other the entire distance to cross the line in five hours and three minutes. Excellent results were also posted by half marathon runners, Matt Stevens, Tim Magoffin, Natasja Steenkamp, Robyn Devantier and Vicki Connole.

Glynis Forse had an outstanding and beautiful experience in the Marathon as she pushed a paraplegic in a wheelchair so that they could both enjoy the spoils of racing 42.2km. The marathon effort was a very emotional and uplifting time for both athletes as they traversed the course together in six hours twenty-seven minutes…congratulations!

Meanwhile locally, Mackay Road Runners are gearing up for their prestigious annual Awards evening to be held this Saturday night at the Mackay Surf Club. All runners, their families and supporters are looking forward to celebrating a very special year with like-minded individuals. The year has brought forward many new challenges for all runners, new and old, with the introduction of many new faces and sadly, the departure of some. The Presentation night will commence with Junior Club Championship awards to Mackay’s talented runners before proceeding to the presentation of the senior accolades. Many thanks to Club Patron, Col Meng, who will be in attendance to present trophies including the Col & Rhonda Meng Club Person of the Year.

Mackay Road Runners will continue to run off season in a bid to retain fitness through the silly season, therefore, as usual, Club Captain, Jim Ford has set a very social Shawn’s Summer Series of unique running concepts and events. Shawn’s Summer Series will commence this Sunday afternoon from the Lamberts Beach Tavern precincts. Jim is to be congratulated on his thoughtfully planned format which offers a variety of options for runners’ abilities at varying stages of their training. The very social run is planned for every Sunday afternoon until the 2019 season commences, with only a gold coin donation going towards post run fruit, etc. Additionally, for runners who enjoy a social Saturday and Thursday morning and/or Tuesday evening run, please check with the Club for exact locations and time.

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Eungella Trail Run 6 & 21k

Mackay Road runners were ecstatic with the awesome attendance of the last running event on their formal 2018 program – the social Eungella Trail 6km & 12km run. Race Director, Matt Stevens briefed approximately seventy runners across both events on the course description and safety guidelines to assist their trail running experience. Under perfect Eungella skies, the 21km and 6km runners bolted from the gates at 8am and 8:10am respectively, heading towards the beautifully maintained trails and canopied rainforests.

The 21km Eungella Trail Run perpetual trophy went to first placed male and female, Rod LeCoz and Kaylene Gardner. Rod’s excellently paced race saw him finish nearly five minutes clear of second, with third placed Andy List easily handling the tough pace. Talented athlete, Kaylene performed extremely well in her first ever trail run, scorching over the testing course which included many serious undulations and tight meandering turns. The second placed female was only two minutes in deficit, with Lauren Dunne powering across the finish line for the bronze medal.

Shane Potts displayed outstanding speed and agility, smashing the six kilometre field ahead of Darrin Pullen, Ross Connor, Andrew Short, Wayne McMurtrie, Craig McGahey, Lachlan Stevens, Matt Stevens and Mark Takagaki. Leon Ryan and his family put in an awesome performance, easily sprinting up the trails to the turnaround marker and downhill to the finish line. Janelle Tilse was rapt with her run, scoring first place for the girls, three minutes clear of silver and bronze.

All runners are to be congratulated on their amazing efforts, most coming away with a few minor scratches and bruises from negotiating rocks, tree roots, wildlife and ‘wait a while foliage’ that is part of trail running and what makes trail running so much fun. Those who challenged and conquered the event included Greame Harris, Tim Caddy, Mark McFadzen, Martin Lambert, Cilla Martland, Jeanette Farrugia, Kim Saron, Jo Hughes, Leanne Connor, Ange Furdek, Cath Meng, Karen Pullen, Peter Shuttlewood, Brianna Mouat, Peter Goodworth, Rebecca Blines, Gaven Porter, Jason McCord, Carol Brown, Brenda Windsor, Simon Henderson, Tim Magoffin and Jarred Spence.

Many thanks to the Eungella Chalet, Financial Linx, Zambrero’s, Ace Panel & Paint and National Parks & Wildlife for their ongoing support of the event….so much appreciated. Many thanks also to Race Director Matt Stevens, Tim Magoffin and their families together with race set up expert, Andrew Short and Geoff Neale for their sensational assistance and organisational skills for making the event such a success.

Mackay Road Runners will have a bye this weekend as approximately twenty local runners will be heading to the Melbourne Running Festival to compete in the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km events. Upon their return, the Club will conduct its prestigious annual Presentation and Awards Night. RSVP’s were to be advised to Heather Sprott by the 7th October, however, please contact her asap if you still wish to secure a seat….$55

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Jungle Run 5km Social

As Mackay Road Runners’ official season draws to a close, over twenty runners enjoyed the second last social run last Sunday morning from the spectacular Botanic Gardens precincts. Club President, Tim Magoffin welcomed the very social crowd to partake in a 5km or 10km loop course through the meandering trails including scenic vistas of the Lagoons’ abundant array of fauna and birdlife.

Those enjoying the fresh morning included ultra-marathon runner, Wayne McMurtie who decided to tackle the short course option after his recent magnificent Run for Resilience 1500km ultra marathon journey from Brisbane to Winton in support of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The epic twenty two day event assisted in raising funds for PTDS Resurrected for returned soldiers to access resources to aid themselves, their families and first responders to overcome trauma experienced in the Army. The Run for Resilience aids Veterans who need support transitioning back into civilian life after the high pressure/high noise environment they experienced in high volatile areas of conflict. Last week, a civic reception was held for Wayne at the Jubilee Park, Mackay where the Mackay Mayor, Cr Greg Williamson, Local Government Members, Mackay Regional Councillors, official dignitaries from local and state RSL and Reserve Army were in attendance. Mackay Road Runners are very proud of Wayne and his very significant contribution to this very worthy cause.

Congratulating Wayne at the Jungle run were runners Tim Magoffin, Ross Connor, Simon Henderson, Stuart Sprott, Geoff Neale, Ricky Parker, Mark Takagaki, Jo Skinner, Carolyn Steginga, Andrew Short, Jeanette Farrugia, Jose Short, Jo Hughes, Leanne Connor, Janelle Tilse, Craig McGahey, Colin Hardy, David Isbister and Steve Oberg.

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Construct Health Physio 3km Club Championship

Mackay Road Runners had the awesome support of Construct Health Physiotherapy as sponsor for the annual 3km Club Championship race. The last Club Championship event on the 2018 program was held from Queens Park at 4pm last Sunday in perfect running conditions. Construct Health Physiotherapy have been of great support to the Mackay road running fraternity with their invaluable assistance at this year’s Mackay Marina Run as well as the Club Championship event. Mackay Road Runners looks forward to a long and strong association with Construct Health Physiotherapy’s team of well-respected professionals.

Meanwhile, there was a sensational result in the 3km, where the female winner, junior runner, Rachel Silvestri was also the overall winner of the thirty plus field of talented athletes. Rachel has just come off a spectacular running season including cross country racing for Queensland at the National Cross Country Championships less than a month ago. Rachel posted a super time of ten minutes 57 seconds after a sizzling sprint to the finish line with Nick Rewald, who was just two seconds in deficit to be the first placed male.

Second placed, female, Kylie Harbour also ran well to be fourth overall, one minute behind second placed male Leon Ryan, with third male Steve Oberg scorching over the course taking the final valuable open club championship point. Third placed female Ainslie Heinke also collected the final open club championship point in an excellent effort after being sidelined by injury for several weeks.

Great racing also was on show by Ross Connor (4th male), Jason McCord (5th male), Carolyn Steginga (4th female), Andrew Short (6th male) and Leon Else (7th male). Talented veteran runner, Judy Zahn excelled as usual placing ahead of Jose Short, Alan Zamparutti, Carmel Mahon, Mark Takagaki, June Bradley, Karla Hook, Dannelle Thompson, Janelle Tilse, Paula Easton, Jo Ashford, Stuart Sprott, Carol Brown, Brenda Windsor, Jan Smith and Leanne Connor.

Many thanks to race day volunteers, Timekeeper Peter Wright, Registrar Paul Tilse, course setup Andrew Short and Tim Magoffin, photographer Jo Hughes and her assistant Kim Saron. Construct Health Physiotherapy’s support was much appreciated via their generous sponsorship of cash random draw prizes to some very excited recipients!

As the 3km was the last handicap points event for the year, runners are now looking forward to this Sunday 5km social Jungle run commencing 6.30am from the Botanic Gardens, playground end of Lagoon Street. Please note this is a morning run so that the afternoon is free for all rugby league fans to enjoy the NRL grand final games.

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Tilse Toddle 5 & 10km

Feb 28 2016

The Mackay Road Runners annual Tilse Toddle 5km & 10km event was a huge success despite the oppressively warm conditions where blazing sunshine beat down unrelentingly upon approximately 100 runners. The 5km two loop course lead runners from the normally quiet streets of West Mackay south towards the Archibald Street roundabout and return.

Club President, Tim Magoffin welcomed many new runners in the huge crowd before announcing the course description and upcoming events, including this Friday night’s Mackay Marina Run Launch 5km event from the City Cinema carpark, Gordon Street.

The Mackay Marina Run Launch 5km commences 6pm, nominations of $10 taken from 5.15pm with all proceeds being fully donated to the Leukaemia Foundation.  The Mackay Marina Run committee together with the Mackay Regional Council invite the entire community to walk/run the 5km course which will include awesome river views from the beautiful Bluewater Trail and Forgan Smith Bridge. There will be post run goodie bags and refreshments from a variety of  City Centre restaurants and eateries.

Meanwhile, at the Tilse Toddle new runner to the Club, Julian Picot blitzed the 10km field in the 10km event, leaving many talented runners in his wake.  Julian, whose first few races with the Club this year have been sensational over distances ranging from 5km to 12km, however, he is looking forward to the challenges of a wide variety of distances offered locally on the Club’s 2016 program. There were some outstanding feats of endurance from many competitors including second placed Ryan Palazzi, Scott Alcorn, Lance Dyer, Daren Galea, Andy List, Derek Woods, Sandy Strong, Tim Caddy, Greame Harris, Mark McFadzen, Shane Donnollan, Dwayne German, Darren Binstead, Ross Connor, Scott McIntosh, Wayne Simpson, Craig McGahey, Stuart Sprott and Greg Coulson.

An exceptional field of female runners raced the 10km with gold and silver finishers Niamh Buckley and  Ashley Davies new to the Mackay Road Running scene.  Both girls showed a clean pain of heels to place ahead of their rivals, Nikki Giles, Carmel Mahon, Jose Short, Judy Zahn, Karla Hook, Vicki Vickers, Talthia Swan, Lisa Burns, Rebecca Calligan, Kylie Binstead, Cath Riggs, Cath Meng and Jan Smith.

The 5km event was a tough affair with talented junior runners Joshua Bornman, Jamie Sanders, Will Morgan and Hayden Connor running courageously to the finish line.  Top placed female, Rachel Silvestri blazed over the course competing well against the top male and female competitors. Ashlee Scott and Shelley Binney proved themselves a classy pair finishing well ahead of talented Lauren Morgan, Layla Sanders and Jamie Bornman.

Congratulations to all runners on their achievements whether it be a personal best time or striving to complete their distances no matter what the time. With racing conditions absolutely stifling, race hosts will be on task to seek higher authority from the weather Gods for 2017!

Many thanks to race day volunteers including timekeeping team of Jo Hughes/Linda McFadzen, Ange Furdek/Di Morgan; registrar Karen Baker;  merchandising, Ulrika Widdowson and Erin Safe, course markers Glen Baker & Tim Magoffin, course setup, Andrew Short and results/handicapper, Andy List.  A big thank you to all the lovely ladies who brought along goodies for the deserved runners for post-race refreshments.

As well as the Mackay Marina Run Launch 5km this Friday night, runners are looking forward to the first Club Championship race on the calendar…the prestigious 5km event from the Queens Park Rotunda, Goldsmith Street, commencing at 5pm. Runners will be vying for valuable open and age category club championship points towards end of year awards. All runners please note that you will need to be registered with numbers attached no later than 10 minutes prior to race start at 5pm sharp.  All members are to check the volunteer list against the event program on the website to see when you are listed, those unable to do their spot are to find a replacement.  The Club would like to thank everyone for their consideration in arriving early to assist the race day volunteers.

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Martel Marina Sprint 5 & 10km

Feb 21 2016

Mackay Road Runners staged its annual Martel Marina Sprint from the Harbour Lighthouse boat ramp precincts.  The Martel race is named after one of the Club’s Life Members and legends of local racing, Charlie Martel, who now lives in Brisbane. Charlie was one of Mackay’s top runners, winning events over several years in sensational times in a wide range of distances from 1.6km (mile) to the half marathon.  Charlie is most famous for his record number of Eungella King of the Mountain crowns where he still holds the race record of 27 min 51 sec set in 1991.

Meanwhile, runners who took on the Martel Marina Sprint 5 & 10km events need to be congratulated on their tenacity and endurance in conditions that had temperatures soaring in the mid-thirties and humidity that felt like the high nineties!  Thankfully the sea breezes prevailed as 5km runners traversed the beautiful Southern Breakwater and return with those doing the 10km adding another loop.

There was excellent running by all runners despite the tough conditions with Shawn Claydon sprinting the 10km event in a great return to racing for the first time this season.  Shawn, who is the current male Club Champion, looks set for another successful season, however, the return of Daren Galea, also for the first time this season, looks in fine form as well.  Congratulations to Daren and Karlee on their return to running after the safe arrival of their beautiful baby boy just six weeks ago.

The top female contingent were running very strongly at the front of the 10km with the likes of Ashlee Scott, Alana Ford, Nikki Giles, Carmel Mahon, Jose Short, Vicki Vickers and Karla Hook all in great contention for podium finishes this year.

Competitors in the 5km were also in outstanding form, with many runners wisely choosing the shorter distance due to the risky perils of dehydration if not fully prepared.  Jamie Sanders ran extremely well even after a recent ankle injury kept him on the sidelines for several weeks.  Jamie is one of the Club’s top class juniors alongside Will Morgan, Rachel Silvestri, Layla Sanders, Lauren Morgan, Hannah Morgan and Hayden Connor.  Twelve year old Matthew Magoffin, who is a relative newcomer to running, was very excited to clock an impressive personal best time in the 5km event.

The Club would like to thank all the volunteers on race day who gave up their run to assist all competitors with timekeeping, race setup and tidy-up, merchandising, race registration, water stop, etc….where would we be without you!  Thanks also to all the behind the scenes work that creates the weekly events into the success that they are, a lot of work is conducted by the hardworking committee and their assistants.  The Committee including Erin Safe, Ulrika Widdowson and Sandra Henderson are working on several merchandising ideas including new banners, hard copy photo calendars, 40th Anniversary celebrations where all will be revealed throughout the year….so watch this space….or ask at any of the upcoming weekly events for further info.

Runners are reminded to ensure that are registered and paid up with their race numbers pinned on at least 30 minutes prior to racing.  Registrations will close strictly 10 minutes before the gun time, thus enabling volunteers to ready themselves for their own event.  Volunteers are Club Members who love to run, however, it would be much appreciated if full consideration was given to assist them by adhering to all rules as instructed by them and the Race Announcer/Director.  Runners also need to be very aware of their surroundings as they run on public roads and pathways that are shared with vehicles and cyclists, therefore, please give way to traffic at all times!  It is also strongly recommended in the current climate to be very aware of your individual hydration requirements, not just on race day, but through the week before and after training and racing events.

The club welcomes new and returning Members and would invite any spectators/supporters of their friends and families to register their interest to assist wherever and whenever possible.  The Club has a great reputation of being very inclusive, so if you’re not into running and would like to volunteer, especially on race day events, we would love to have you.  Timekeeping is an integral role in the club, so any assistance would be gratefully accepted.  The Club Handicapper/Results Co-ordinator, Andy List is an expert on the timing devices and willingly teaches all volunteers.

Runners are now looking forward to this Sunday’s 5/10km Tilse Toddle from 24 Johnson Street, West Mackay.  Paul and Janelle host this annual event from their residence, therefore, residents of Johnson Street, apologies in advance for the influx of vehicles and pedestrians from approx 4.30pm to 6.30pm.  Runners and supporters are welcome to stay for post-race refreshments.

For any further information on the Club’s many events, please check out the calendar or Facebook or phone Janelle 0400 99 7432.

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Shields Stampede 5 & 12km

Feb 14 2016

Mackay Road Runners had a very successful Sunday for their Club, starting out in the morning at the Mackay Regional Council’s Sporting Expo and ending at the Shields Stampede in the afternoon.  The Expo was a huge day for the club with their blow-up start/finish shute the main entrance feature for the Expo as well as many new and existing enquires at the Club stall located just inside the MECC precincts.  The Council is to be congratulated on a wonderful annual event, giving all sporting clubs and associations the opportunity to showcase their specific sporting activity.

The Club also held its annual Shields Stampede 5km & 12km  running event from the home of the Club’s Life Members Merv & Wendy Shields.  In the 40th anniversary year of the Club, it was even more special as Merv, who was a very talented marathon running legend in the 80’s and 90’s, wore his race singlet from his Mackay Marathon in 1984, taking gold in an exceptional time of 2hrs 26 min 47 sec.  Merv was a standout marathon runner, not just locally but state-wide and nationally, taking out several marathons events with his exceptional running ability.  Merv, who is currently suffering an injury, ran the 5km Shields Stampede event in the 32 year old singlet and proved quite easily that he could fit into it with no sucking his tummy in required! Merv & Wendy have been involved as runners and generous sponsors of the Club from its inception in 1976, earning themselves the respect of all Club members and the wider community.

The Shields Stampede attracted approximately one hundred runners across both events, which was a sensational effort especially in the steamy conditions that prevailed throughout the day.  All athletes performed very well across both events as they endured the many undulating hills that the course offered.

In the 5km event, junior runner, talented Rachel Silvestri took outright first in 19 minutes 45 seconds ahead of fast finishing Will Morgan (19:51), with Lindsey Wiggins claiming bronze ahead of Ashlee Scott. Other 5km specialists to perform well were Lauren Morgan, Chelsey Thompson, Jamie Sanders, Layla Sanders, Jay McCullach, Karen Low, Karen Baker, Alex Anderson, Charlie Bone, Anthea Ford, Wayne Simpson, Alison Friswell, Natasha Steenkamp, Hannah Morgan, Kim Saron, Cilla Martland and Ulrika Widdowson.

The longer race was a tough outing as well, which included the treacherous hills of Norris Road and Bona Vista Drive in the final two kilometres.  Approximately fifty runners were well relieved to conquer the testing course as they meandered down James Croker Avenue towards the finish line at Karl Langer Crescent and the well-deserved post-race refreshments.  Excellent running by all athletes including Darren Binstead, Scott Alcorn, Stephen Oberg, Andy List, Greame Harris, Tim Caddy, Carmel Mahon, Sandy Strong, Alana Ford, Andrew Short, Judy Zahn, Peter Ford, Vicki Vickers, Ange Furdek, Greg Coulson, Melissa Harris, Emma Goodman-Jones, Stephanie Allan, David Isbister, Shane Barben, Kylie Binstead, John Rodden, Stuart Sprott, Robyn Madill and Paul Tilse.

Many thanks to ALL the volunteers at the Sporting Expo with many of them fronting up again to help out at the afternoon run with great course marking and description by Martin Lambert, excellent race setup by Andrew Short, Tim Magoffin, Andy List, awesome timekeeping by Jo Hughes, Leanne Connor and Hayden Connor, outstanding waterstop duties by Ross Connor for the VERY needy runners, sensational registrar and merchandising by Karen Baker and Ulrika Widdowson as well as photographer assistants ….all so much appreciated.  Mackay Road Runners also extend our thanks once again to the race hosts and their neighbours for allowing one hundred runners and their cars to take over their house and street at this time every year!

With next Sunday’s event commencing from the Harbour Boa ramp precincts at 5.30pm, competitors are reminded to ensure they arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the event so they can sign on and warm up with their race numbers attached.  This is critical in assisting the timekeepers to record all runners as they cross the line.  Pre-race instructions must be adhered to in every way to ensure the safety of all runners and for the ease in collating results for the Handicapper/Results Co-ordinator, Andy List.  Andy does a great job, but it takes an enormous amount of work on his Sunday evening to have the results processed for viewing on line in a timely fashion.  The respect and consideration to all our volunteers is very much appreciated.

Members are also requested to check in ASAP with Volunteer Co-ordinator, Paul Tilse to register your selection of one event to help out at so that all races can run efficiently. Members may be allocated an event if no preference is supplied, therefore, please check the calendar however, if members are unable to volunteer, it would be appreciated if they please seek a replacement.

Congratulations and welcome to all the new and returning runners….. for updates on any of the Club’s upcoming events and news, please check out the website, Facebook or phone The Secretary 0403 344 289 or Janelle 0400 99 7432.

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Harbour Lighthouse 5km

Feb 7 2016

Mackay Road Runners, who will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, had a very successful 5km social event for their first official run on the Club’s 2016 Calendar despite the consistently rainy conditions.  Over one hundred runners thoroughly enjoyed the light showers which was a welcome relief to the recent stifling humidity runners have endured in the off season.

Club President, Tim Magoffin welcomed and thanked the huge crowd for their attendance, including all new and past runners as well as the many volunteers who helped out with registration, merchandising, race set up, photography, etc….. Tim congratulated the many new and familiar faces lining up for what it looking to be a great year for The Mackay Road Runners’ 40th Anniversary year, where there promises to be several anniversary highlights throughout the year.  The club will also have 40th Anniversary singlets with “your running fix since 76″…see Erin or Ulrika to place your order.

All runners thoroughly enjoyed the pleasantly cool and misty conditions in the 5km event in lieu of the usual heat and humidity which generally prevails for the first run on the annual program.  The 5km course  was a very scenic one taking runners from the Harbour Lighthouse/boat ramp precincts onto the beautiful Breakwater and return.  Several runners who kept up their training offseason were in great form, performing extremely well including Tim Caddy, Ashlee Scott, Rachel Silvestri, Levi Alexander, Carl Pinkstone, Julian Picot, Chelsey Thompson, Lindsey Wiggins, Jack Simpson, Darren Binstead, Aidan Donnollan, Melissa Harris and Angie Furdek.

Runners can visit this Sunday’s Mackay Regional Council Sports Expo at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre where the Mackay Road Runners as well as hundreds of other sporting clubs and associations are showcased under one roof. Those interested in checking out the Mackay Road Runners are welcome to visit their stall at the MECC where you will find them as you enter the Expo via the Club’s huge inflatable start/finish arch.  Mackay Road Runners volunteers will be on hand to offer loads of information on how to join their club as well as answering all your queries.

Many thanks to all the volunteers helping at the Expo, as they will then be lining up to race the same afternoon at the 5km  & 12km Shields Stampede from 21 Karl Langer Crescent, North Mackay.   Our generous hosts and Life Members, Merv & Wendy welcome runners to their home for the annual event commencing 5.30pm.  Runners are reminded to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start so that they can sign on and warmup as registrations will definitely close 10 minutes prior to racing.  This then allows all volunteers the opportunity to pack up and warm up for themselves.  Please consider and thank your volunteers and sponsors as these events would not be possible without them.

Members are also reminded to check in with Volunteer Co-ordinator, Paul Tilse to register your name for at least one event where you will be available to volunteer for timekeeping or water stop duties.  Paul will need to allocate members in vacant areas to ensure all the spots are filled, therefore, runners are requested to check in with Paul ASAP so that you can choose a date to suit you.   Many thanks to the heaps of members who have contacted Paul already, this is so much appreciated, the club is very fortunate to have so many willing helpers.

Mackay Road Runners would also like to thank the incoming 2016 Management Committee who were duly elected at the Club’s recent Annual General Meeting.  The Club has a great team, headed by President, Tim Magoffin, who have already been working very hard organising a bigger and better 2016 for its Members.

Those wishing to join the club are invited to register online ASAP so that they are immediately eligible for handicap and club championship points. For any further updates or information, check out this website or phone The Secretary 0403 344 289 or Janelle 0400 99 7432.

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Magpies 4.5 & 9km

Jan 24 2016

Approximately forty Mackay Road Runners enjoyed the 4.5km & 9km  events last Sunday from Magpies Sporting Complex.  The very humid conditions prevailed throughout the entire afternoon, with several runners opting for the shorter course in the extreme heat.

Whilst our usual Sunday Race Director, Jim Ford was away, Simon Henderson, ably stepped into his shoes to offer the course description where runners noted their time upon completion and a mystery time was noted secretly before the race.  Whoever, came in closest to the secret time, was the winner…..and there were prizes!!!!!  Congratulations to Ange Furdek for winning the shorter course and Greame Harris for taking out the longer distance title.

Despite the humid conditions, there was some awesome running efforts from all the runners including Ashlee Scott, Rachel Silvestri, Travis Mumford, Ryan Mumford, Ulrika Widdowson, Bill Robinson, David Vincent, Craig McGahey, Jo Skinner, Russell Vandenbosch, Carol Brown, Carmel Mahon, Karla Hook, Stephen Oberg, Wayne Simpson, Alison Friswell, Carl Pinkstone and Leanne Connor.

Santa was very generous to Mackay Road Runners Ultramarathon runner, Martin Lambert, who scored himself an awesome ElliptiGo trainer. Martin was ecstatic with the Big Man’s choice, which will enable him to do low impact cross training and even assist should he, perish the thought, gain an injury through all the kilometres he puts his body through in an endeavour to conquer his long distance running goals.  Martin gave the crowd of very interested runners a demonstration of the unique ElliptiGo, so don’t be surprised if you see more of them riding the paths and streets of Mackay….a very useful piece of equipment.

Mackay Road Runners are now looking forward to this Sunday’s last offseason social run from the Harbour’s North Wall at 5.30pm.  With Jim still away, the course is looking like being a gentle beach run, hopefully on hard said, depending on the tidal movements,  towards Lamberts Beach, with possibly a ‘little’ sand dune or two on the way…great strength training especially as runners will be heading into the formal running season the following week.

Intending Members are invited to join up with the Club online asap, so that any handicap and club championship points start accruing immediately.  Mackay Road Runners will also be at the Mackay Regional Council’s Sport’s Expo on 14th February. All new and existing Members are very welcome to attend any of the Club’s weekly events throughout the season which commences February and goes through until October.

For further information, visit website, Facebook or phone the Secretary 0403 344 289 or Janelle 0400 99 7432.

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Planet Paget 6, 8 and 11km

Jan 17 2016

A small, but dedicated group of approximately twenty Mackay Road Runners relished the low humidity and glorious rain last Sunday afternoon for the 6/8/11km Plant Paget event from the Railway Station carpark, Paget.  Race Director/Club Captain, Jim Ford’s original course concept was amended due to the day’s continual rainfall which was a welcome relief from previous offseason Sunday events.

Runners enjoyed the variety of several course options as they left the Railway Station precincts onto the pathways of Paradise Street into Evan Street. While the shorter course athletes turned at the skate park roundabout, the rest of the field continued East down Evan Street.  All 8k runners turned off at Juliet Street towards Bridge Rd, whilst the 11km runners headed towards Town Beach into Iluka Street, meandering through parklands to link up with Binnington Esplanade at Ocean International before heading for home via Bridge Road and Paradise Street.

The precipitation was prevalent throughout the entire course however it did ease in the later stages allowing runners to coast across the line in slightly sprinkly rain.  Despite the watery conditions, runners enjoyed the amended course where they regrouped at regular checkpoints to include the slower runners. Many thanks to Jim for organising a great course once again, much appreciated by all runners including Paul Tilse, Kim Saron, Lindsey Wiggins, Jose Short, Carl Pinkstone, Alana Ford, Andrew Short, Anthea Ford, Bernadine McKinnon, Robyn Richards, Adam Knezevic, Jay McCulloch, Scott McIntosh, Simon Henderson and Janelle Tilse.  Runners also enjoyed some well-deserved post-race fruit and cake during a brief window of clear sky shortly before the heavy clouds opened up again, causing runners to cut the usual banter and scuttle to their cars.

Mackay Road Runners will meet again next Sunday at 5.30pm at Magpies Sporting Complex carpark for another innovative course to look forward to.  This will be the second last run on the offseason social program, with the formal 2016 Mackay Road Runners calendar commencing on 7th February at 5.30pm at the Mackay Harbour Boat ramp.

This year promises to be another enjoyable and successful year, especially as it is the 40th Anniversary year for the Club. Check out the calendar for regular weekly runs, including Signature events, training groups, etc…. available to all new and existing members.  Runners are reminded to join up online with one of the region’s most inclusive sporting groups, Mackay Road Runners, for a great year of running and comradery….look forward to seeing you soon.

For further information check out the website, ph the Secretary 0403 344 289 or Janelle 0400 99 7432.

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