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Run Reports 2012

Ultra Marathon Challenge

24 Dec 2012

Running 56km across the Mornington Peninsula from Dromana to Cape Schanck and back again is going to be one huge challenge for first time Ultra Marathoners, Mackay Road Runners Club marathon runners, Anne Miller and Graeme Railton. The race will commence at 7am on Sunday 13th January, so there will only be a small amount of over indulging over the Christmas/New Year break for the avid runners. Anne and Graeme had one last trail running session with Scott Bundell, Janelle, Paul and Lainie Tilse from Mackay Road Runners through the National Park at Cape Hillsborough last Sunday in very wet, but extremely humid conditions. Both runners are looking forward to the challenge of testing themselves in their first attempt at 56km and are wished well by the local running fraternity and their families.

Another one of Mackay’s leading elite runners, Shawn Claydon, will also be stretching his limitations whilst on a four day rigorous training camp in southern New South Wales from Boxing Day. Shawn will relish in the tough program set down by qualified elite coaches and no doubt, return home with an abundance of knowledge that he generously shares with many local junior and senior athletes.

Mackay Road Runners 2013 program has been updated. New and existing runners are most welcome to join the off season, no cost training sessions, offering varying venues and distances to suit a wide range of abilities and individual goals.

Mt Bassett 8km Social

16 Dec 2012

Last Sunday’s social 8km Mt Bassett run from the Mackay Surf Club was well attended by approximately twenty-five keen runners, who braved the oppressively humid conditions in a bid to equalise their Christmas cheer.

Club Captain, Jim Ford directed runners in a gentle warmup of 1.5km to the base of Mt Bassett where runners did 6 x hill sprints, based on a handicap system. Runners were well pleased with their efforts, especially after summiting the peak of Mt Bassett and then easily coasting the descent for a well deserved water stop. High handicapped markers, Shawn Claydon, Liam Mumford, Andy List, Martin Lambert, Graham Harris, Mark Woodward, Paul Arvidson, Andrew Short and Tim Magoffin put in some serious sprinting efforts to be some of the first to take in the views from the pinnacle of Mt Bassett, with Stacey Eggleston, Paula Easton, Karen Baker, Jim Ford and Paul Tilse, also revelling in the challenging conditions.

All runners are invited for Christmas refreshments at Bridges Cafe at 6.45pm after this Wednesday’s social 5km run at the Bluewater Quay. Members and prospective Members are also advised that the club conducts committee meetings on the second Monday of each month – all welcome to attend. Mackay Road Runners continue to run off season, check out the website calendar for varying social no cost runs on Sunday at 5.30pm, Wednesday 6pm, Saturday 5am to keep you motivated throughout the holiday season. The formal 2013 program is now online for those who wish to mark their goal events for the year.

Meanwhile, local roadrunners and triathletes did very well in the Sunsmart Busselton Ironman event in Western Australia last weekend. Matt Perkins, Daren Galea, Russell O’Hara, Steph Ziser and Tammy Lando had exceptional races, with Matt clocking an impressive 9hrs 59min earning himself a qualifying spot in the famous 2013 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. All athletes who completed the arduous event consisting of 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42.2km run need to be congratulated on their tremendous efforts – awesome to do these events singularly, let alone in one race – well done:)

Mackay Representatives Perform Well

28 Oct 2012

Local runner, Graeme Railton, surprisingly ran a personal best time of 39min 08 sec in the Burnie 10km race in Tasmania last weekend. Railton, who had just completed the Melbourne Half Marathon in1hr 27min the weekend before, came down with a virus in the week leading up to the Burnie 10k, but still performed a sensational time in the cool Tasmanian conditions. In front of a cheering crowd, Club Captain, Jim Ford, presented Graeme with another achievement, the gold medal for the 2012 Male Club Champion 30-39yrs as he was unable to attend the Awards evening due to his Tassie commitments.

In addition to Railton’s achievements, local junior runners, Ashlee Scott, Liam Mumford and Jade Bidgood were performing extremely well at the State Titles in Brisbane last weekend. Awesome female running talent, Ashlee medalled in every race she competed in – 3000metres (bronze); 800m (silver); 1500m (bronze) and 400m (silver). Results for Mumford and Bidgood are still to be confirmed.

Social, off season, no cost, casual training sessions will continue off season with Mackay Road Runners meeting at varying venues – Wednesdays at 6pm, Saturday mornings at Unwined Cafe, Wood Street and Sunday at 5.30pm – check out the club’s website calendar or phone Mackay Road Runners’ Secretary 0403 344 289.

Please note that the Annual General Meeting will be held Monday, 12th November, 5.30pm at the G&S Training Centre, 52 Len Shield Street, Paget – all committee positions up for re-election, with as many new and existing members invited to attend. The 2013 Calendar will be formally discussed, therefore, all input for any new ideas will be welcomed – it’s your Club, have your say so that it can be voted upon.

Mackay Road Runners Awards Night

19 Oct 2012

Over one hundred members, their families and friends celebrated the 2012 Mackay Road Runners Annual Awards Night held last Friday at the Clarion Hotel, Mackay Marina. Club President Tim Magoffin opened proceedings welcoming special guests Club Patron Col Meng and his wife Rhonda, Veronica Pettifer (from Newcastle), and Chris and Barry Comben from the local branch of the Mackay Leukaemia Foundation.

Tim had the mammoth task of Master of Ceremonies for the night, thanking the many supporters, sponsors and volunteers that make the club a huge success. He also presented a cheque for $1500 to Chris & Barry Comben (Leukaemia Foundation) which was the final balance of funds raised from the 2012 BMA Mackay Marina Run, bringing the total to just over $52,000.

There were many special presentations on the night, including, Club Patron Col Meng being on hand to present the inaugural “Col & Rhonda Meng Club Person of the Year” award, which went to former Club President, Jim Ford. Veronica Pettifer travelled from Newcastle to present the “Laura Pettifer Inspirational Junior King of the Mountain trophy” to winners, Jade Bidgood and Nixon Rodden. Laura won the Senior Eungella Queen of the Mountain in her first attempt in 2008. Veronica’s daughter, Laura was a very gifted athlete, who tragically passed away whilst on a training bike ride in 2008.

Australia’s best female distance runner from 3k to 42.2km and four time Olympian, local girl, Benita Willis has been honoured with an inaugural 10km race and Perpetual trophy. The winner of the handicap style race was won by another talented junior runner, Nixon Rodden and presented by Benita’s longtime friend, Skye Rettke. The “Benita Willis 10km” Perpetual trophy displayed three awesome photos of Benita, one of which includes her Gold Medal performance at the 2004 World Cross Country championships.

Another new award was the McFadzen Family Award, whereby, Mark & Linda McFadzen from M&L Air Solutions, and City Fitness donated a very special gift to this year’s worthy winner, the very talented junior runner, Ashlee Scott. Ashlee was again, this years’ Junior Club Champion and a fitting recipient of the award, ie her amazing work ethic and talent, humble attitude and generous support of junior and senior club members and volunteers. Ashlee will travel to Brisbane this week to compete in the Secondary School State Athletic titles along with 2012 Junior and Senior Club Champion Liam Mumford.

The Club’s eighth Life Membership was awarded to Judy Zahn, who for nearly twenty years has selflessly given her time and effort to the club in many ways, including Secretary for 12 years. In addition to this incredible effort, Judy is an inspiring and successful runner, winning many races over her younger rivals, male and female.

Club Member since 1988, Terry O’Connor leaves the Club this year via a work transfer to Townsville, but will leave a legacy of goodwill and happy memories to many in the club, including marathon training partners, Sandy Strong, Martin Lambert and Tim Magoffin. Terry has held several positions on the Committee, including Handicapper/Results co-ordinator and Vice President.

In addition to the usual prestigious trophy presentations, Linda & Mark McFadzen and Kylie Binstead presented ‘special’ awards to some very worthy recipients, which were strongly applauded and appreciated by the audience. (Full list of trophy awardees)

Many thanks to Cilla Martland for co-ordinating with the dinner, Paul Tilse (photo slideshow), Lainie Tilse (awards photographer), Master of Ceremonies Tim Magoffin and all attendees for the awesome atmosphere that made an enjoyable finale to the formal 2012 running season.
Mackay Road Runners will run off season – check out the club’s website calendar for a variety of social, no cost, group training sessions.

Last Run Full of Fun

14 Oct 2012

Club Captain, Jim Ford organised a very unique format for the last run on the formal 2012 running program. Participants, who were split into teams of four runners based on their ages, completed 3 x 2km circuits. Although, before each 2km portion could be completed, runners had to wait for their team member, coming from the opposite direction, at the halfway point before proceeding with the second 1km of each 2km loop – confused……not at all!! On the 3rd and final 2km loop, all runners from the one team had to meet at the halfway marker and run as a group to the finish line. The social nature of the event was excellent, whereby runners of differing abilities ran in a team and supported each other throughout the entire 6km run. The off season Sunday social training runs should be something to look forward to, as Jim will be organising various formats to suit all runners – great work Jim, enjoyed by all (except Ken who had to put the markers out!)

Meanwhile, whilst the local running contingent was enjoying the frivolity of a smaller run, Melbourne Marathon competitors performed very well last Sunday morning. Shawn Claydon posted an impressive 2hr 46 min in the 42.2km race, described by Shawn as “a bit slower than he hoped, but great conditions, so a great day”. Mackay runners, David Perkins also ran a great race, recording 3hrs 28 min, with Graeme Railton clocking 1hr 27 min in the 21.1km half marathon event. There were several other Mackay runners who competed, but results were not to hand at the time of printing.

Mackay Road Runners will still be running in the off season – check out the club’s website calendar, or Facebook page or phone the Secretary 0403 344 289/Janelle 4957 3427.

Mackay Road Runners Annual General Meeting will be held Monday, 12th November at 5.30pm at the G&S Engineering Building, 52 Len Shield Street, Paget – all committee positions will be up for re-election. The calendar meeting will follow soon after, therefore it is very important that if you wish to submit any input/new ideas, eg morning/afternoon runs, running venues, etc….., please do so asap.

Mackay Road Runners will be at the “Fit Happens” Expo at City Fitness, Victoria Street on Saturday, 20th October – please visit us, and enjoy the excellent displays and activities by other health professionals hosted by City Fitness.

Season Ending But Running Continues

7 Oct 2012

The Mackay Road Runners 2012 formal running program may be coming to a close with one more social run for the year, however, many of its members will be running in the off season to retain their fitness levels for their respective 2013 goals. The Club will continue with its regular Wednesday 6pm social, no cost training sessions, alternating between the Bluewater Quay and Mackay (Milton St) State High School, Penn Street Oval. Sunday afternoon social runs will be conducted from varying venues across town, please check out the club’s website calendar for starting times, etc. The Saturday morning long running group will still meet at Unwined Cafe (formerly Cafe la de Da) Wood Street, with distances to suit varying abilities. All welcome to stay for a post-race coffee/chat.

With several runners suffering injuries due to the very eventful year, they will sensibly be using the offseason as an opportune time to rest and recover, so that they will be in peak condition for the upcoming season.

A major part of some well earned downtime, Members, their families and friends are invited to attend the prestigious 2012 Awards Evening to be held on Friday 19th October at the Clarion Hotel, Mackay Marina. All interested in attending must book and pay asap prior to the event to the club’s functions co-ordinator, Cilla Martland.

There will be no rest for Shawn Claydon and Graeme Railton, who are both travelling to Melbourne this weekend to compete in the Melbourne Marathon and Half Marathon. Railton will then tackle his home State, Tasmania’s Burnie 10k the following week.

Meanwhile locally, the club hosted the Gooseponds Gallavant 7.5k last Sunday, where sixty participants, their families and friends were treated to a yummy post-race sausage sizzle and refreshments after completing a series of loops around the beautiful Gooseponds. Many thanks to Andy List for bringing the club trailer with the mobile BBQ and cooking up a storm for the appreciative crowd.

For any further info, please contact Janelle 4957 3427 or check out the club’s website calendar, or Facebook page.

Queens Park 3km Club Championship

30 Sep 2012

The last Club Championship race for the 2012 Mackay Road Runners season was held last Sunday morning in perfect conditions (except for the sand-flies) from Queens Park. Junior female running sensation, Ashlee Scott blitzed the field to take gold for the girls and fifth outright in 11 minutes 22 seconds, ahead of newcomer Brigid Armstead, with Janelle Tilse settling for the final podium placing. Excellent running by Carmel Mahon (4th) with Lainie Tilse, Karla Hook, Donna Rath, Sharon Martin, Anne Miller and Anthea Ford closing out the top ten.

Fresh from netting two gold medals in the 5km track and 1 mile track events at the ANQ NQ State Titles in Townsville, Liam Mumford (9 mins 36 sec) edged out Shawn Claydon by half a minute to secure his third successive race win in two days. Sixteen year old Mumford, who broke the ANQ NQ Mile track record in Townsville by thirteen seconds, led from the gun, leaving the current club champion, Shawn Claydon and the rest of the field in his wake. Claydon, who is currently training 150km per week for the Melbourne Marathon in two weeks’ time, was just thirteen seconds ahead of fellow Marathon runner, Andy List (3rd).

Father and son, Shane and Aidan Donnollan also showed a clean pair of heels with Shane crossing the line sixth and Aidan placing third club member in the junior boys. The most senior runner of the day, seventy-something Stuart Sprott, recorded a great time as well as taking gold in his age category.

The final two races on the calendar are social, with this Sunday’s 5pm Gooseponds Gallavant 7.5km concluding with a sausage sizzle at John Breen Park. Runners have the option to run one, two or three loops and are welcome to bring their families to run and/or join in for the free post-race refreshments (don’t forget the Aerogard!)

Club Members and their friends and family are reminded that the prestigious awards night will be held Friday 19th October at the Clarion Hotel – please register your interest and pay asap to Cilla Martland, so that definite bookings can be made.

Congratulations to the Mackay Road Runners race organisers of the 28km Run the Whitsunday Great Walk on 23rd September at Airlie Beach – Nickie King and her awesome committee did a great job, photos and results are now available at www.whitsundayrun.com.

Benita Willis 10k

16 Sep 2012

Mackay Road Runners’ inaugural “Benita Willis 10k” held last Sunday morning at the Bluewater Lagoon was taken out by thirteen year old rising running talent, Nixon Rodden. Nixon, who bears a remarkable likeness to the race’s namesake, had never contested a 10km event before today, but due to the prestige of the event, was keen to take on the challenge, earning herself the top accolade. Nixon will be presented with the coveted perpetual trophy, by Benita’s good friend, Skye Rettke, at the Club’s annual awards night on Friday, 19th October at the Clarion Hotel.

In addition to the 10km main event, a 5km race was conducted and taken out by Huet de Froberville followed by Darren Streidl and Cooper Rodden in the male event, with Dana Streidl taking gold ahead of Gaye Streidl and Linda McFadzen in the female 5km.

Meanwhile, on the same day, at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, local marathon runners, Martin Lambert and Sandy Strong raced the 42.2km marathon event, although results were still not to hand at time of printing.

Next Sunday morning’s Club event will be the “Run the Whitsunday Great Walk 28km” at Airlie Beach. Over 150 local, interstate and international runners have already nominated for the arduous event, which takes runners through the tough, but spectacular Conway National Park. The first runners will be expected to come out of the National Park trails in approx. 2hr 20min, before the final 1.5km run through the streets of Airlie to cross the finish line in front of hundreds of supporters at the beautiful precincts of the Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For any further info, check out the club’s website calendar, or Facebook or phone the Club’s hotline 0403 344 289.

Father’s Day Fun Run

2 Sep 2012

An eager crowd of nearly fifty runners braved the unexpected cool conditions last Sunday Morning as a great start to a beautiful Father’s Day. Many families enjoyed the 2.5k and 5k Fun Run hosted by the Mackay Road Runners, which included international visitors, Lou Quido (French exchange student) and Donald Carr from England visiting his daughter, local athlete, Jeanette Farrugia. Both visitors are heading back to their homeland in the coming weeks, but have loved the Mackay Region and its awesome weather.

The social 5km was a very competitive race, with a hard fought battle between Shawn Claydon and Gary Howard, both running under 18 minutes, with Howard the eventual victor by six seconds over Claydon (2nd), Niall Ivory (3rd) and Andy List (4th). Excellent running in the 2.5k with Nixon Rodden scoring a clear win over John Rodden, Dawn Mansfield, Elizabeth Cahill and Henry Cahill.

The Rodden family continued its winning ways by scooping the random draw prize pool, running away with coveted prizes, including chocolates and Mackay Road Runners embroidered logo towels.

Congratulations to father/child combinations, Shane and Aidan Donnollan; Dave & Steve Vincent; Ross & Hayden Connor; John, Nixon, Cooper & Dempsey Rodden; Tim, James, Matthew & Kate Magoffin; and Martin & Henry Cahill who all thoroughly enjoyed the event. Tim ‘birthday boy’ Magoffin ran a great race, even though handicapped for the later part of the race, by carrying an abandoned scooter.

This Sunday’s, runners are required to meet at the Coningsby Service Station by 4pm at the latest, so that car-pooling can be organised to the start of the 6/12km Bonson’s Scrub Road/Ian Reddacliffe Drive run commencing at 4.30pm. Mackay Road Runners strongly reiterate that runners and supporters obey road rules at all times, give way to traffic in ALL instances and recommend NOT to wear head phones or media devices, so that they are fully aware of the surrounding traffic conditions and not distracted in any way.

For any further info, check out the club’s website calendar, or Facebook or phone the Club’s hotline 0403 344 289.

Podiatry Mackay & Seabreeze Resort Hotel Magic Mile

26 Aug 2012

The Podiatry Mackay ‘Junior’ Magic Mile and the Seabreeze Resort Hotel ‘Open’ Magic Mile hosted by the Mackay Road Runners, was held in very warm conditions from the Seabreeze Resort Hotel, Lamberts Beach last Sunday afternoon. Approximately fifty runners scorched over the 1.6km course in a bid to claim cash prizes and Club Members to score vital Club Championship points. The testing course led runners from Pacific Esplanade meandering through the streets behind the Resort, including a tough ascent at 1200 metres before the downhill sprint to the finish line.

The quality field lined up at the start, ensuring that the race was anything but a foregone conclusion, with eventual winner, Liam Mumford hitting the tape first in four minutes forty-three seconds, twenty-one seconds outside the race record set in 1992 by local running legend, Charlie Martel. Second placed Jamie Stead crossed the line only nine seconds later (4min 52 sec), followed by fast finishing Chris Colwill (4:59). Fourth placed, Graeme Railton (5:05) ran extremely well to place ahead of local running Champion, Shawn Claydon (5:12), with Andy List (5:20) closing in for sixth just ahead of the first female.

Current junior Club Champion, Ashlee Scott was in sensational form to take gold in 5 min 24 sec, only three seconds ahead of talented junior, Gabrielle DeBoni, with Lisa Burns claiming the bronze medal position in the Seabreeze Resort Hotel Open Magic Mile. The race record of 4 min 54 sec set by Benita Willis in 1996 was safe for another year, but will definitely be pushed in the coming years with the bounty of talented female runners climbing the ranks.

There were many inspirational runners who scored very credible performances, including Bevan Rodgers, Fred Farmer, Gaye Streidl and Mark Schembri. Congratulations to Mackay Road Runners Member, Arthur Dick on winning the ‘Magic Mile Milo Award’ (a giant 1.25kg tin of Milo) for his race day performance and selfless support to runners throughout the year.

A huge thanks to race sponsors, Seabreeze Resort Hotel and Donald Orr (Podiatry Mackay) for their awesome support of this event and the Mackay Road Runners. In addition, Mackay Toyota Auto Corner donated a gift basket for the post race presentation random draws, which was gratefully won by Arthur Dick. Many thanks to the race day volunteers, very much appreciated.

This Sunday’s 5km Fathers Day social run will be held Sunday, 7.30am from the Botanic Gardens (Playground precinct), Lagoon Street,West Mackay.

For any further info, check out the club’s website calendar, or Facebook or phone the Club’s hotline 0403 344 289.


Podiatry Mackay Magic Mile U13 Male 1. Jett Santacaterina 5:41 2. Ben Vella 7:00 3. Dempsey Rodden 7:33
Podiatry Mackay Magic Mile U13 Female 1. Zoe Rodgers 9:12 2. Genevieve Lambert 9:13
Podiatry Mackay Magic Mile U18 Male 1. Lou Quido 5:40 2. Chelsey Thompson 6:01 3. Dana Streidl 7:04
Seabreeze Resort Hotel Open Male 1. Liam Mumford 4:43 2. Jamie Stead 4:52 3. Chris Colwill 4:59
Seabreeze Resort Hotel Open Female 1. Ashlee Scott 5:24 2. Gabrielle DeBoni 5:27 3. Lisa Burns 6:30

Eimeo Pacific Hotel 6 & 14km

19 Aug 2012

Spectacular ocean views were an awesome backdrop for the Mackay Road Runners Eimeo Pacific Hotel 6km & 14km run last Sunday afternoon. The intermittent showers did not deter over 45 runners from enjoying the very cool conditions which were perfect for racing, but not so great for the timekeepers/photographer and water station attendant.

In the 6km event, rising junior running talent, Jade Bidgood hit the tape first after making a late charge in the final kilometre on Liam Mumford, who then claimed second over his younger sibling, Ryan Mumford. Suranjan Senevirante was well pleased with his fourth placing ahead of David Vincent and Davin Castle.

Majella Sammut scored a first placing in the female 6km, followed closely by Gaye Streidl, Anthea Ford, Stacey Eggleston and birthday girl, Kim Saron. The 6km course included some of Dolphin Heads’ most testing hills, but sensational performances still came from Aidan Donnollan, Shania Johns, Ryan Barben and Arthur Dick.

The 14km event proved to be more daunting, with a variance of undulating hills throughout the entire course, with runners having to endure the heights of Ian Wood Drive and Camilleri Street before tackling the rolling hills out to the Eimeo School and back again.

Chris Colwill showed the scorching form we are used to seeing, as he blazed over the course to cross the line first in the handicap start race. Where many dared to challenge, Shane Barben and Tim Caddy surged on every tough ascent with vigour, claiming second and third consecutively. The handicap start race then saw Pieter Van Vuren easily pass the front markers in the final stages to place fourth ahead of Greg Coulson and a fast finishing Graeme Railton.

Janelle Tilse was seventh and first female to hit the 14km handicap tape, with Mark Pashalis, Andrew Short, Belinda Rifai, Shay Hudson, George Elcombe, Ben Ewins, Shane Donollan, Judy Zahn and Karen Baker following in quick succession, all within two minutes. The highest handicapped runner, Shawn Claydon enjoyed the challenge of chasing down the front markers as well as revelling in doing a few extra kilometres whilst checking out at most streets in Eimeo, possibly for a longer training run in the future?

Many thanks to race day volunteers for braving the damp, cool and breezy conditions – Club Stalwart, Jan Smith; David Bellamy, Club Life Member, Agnes Farmer; Jo Hughes and Terry O’Connor. The Eimeo Pacific Hotel were awesome hosts donating several coffee/cake vouchers for the random prizes which were drawn at the post race rehydration session in relaxing lounge area – their hospitality was much appreciated!

Next Sunday’s Club race will be the prestigious annual Seabreeze Resort Hotel Senior Magic Mile (1609 metres) and the Podiatry Mackay Junior Magic Mile (1609 metres). Racing will commence at 4pm sharp, with registrations closing at 3.30pm allowing volunteers ample opportunity to warm up to race and announce the course description. All Club Members will be racing for valuable Club Championship points in the open section and their age categories, as this will be the second last Club Championship race of the year. All non-members are also very welcome to race, with all runners eligible for the cash prizes on offer in the senior race and the U13 & U18 male and female sections.
Volunteers and race participants are then invited to stay post-race for Presentations and the much sought after random draw prizes.

For any further info, check out the club’s website calendar, or Facebook or phone the Club’s hotline 0403 344 289.

Cape Hillsborough 4.5k & 9k Club Championship

12 Aug 2012

The Mackay Road Runners’ 4.5k & 9k Cape Hillsborough Club Championship race was held in extremely cool, but sunny conditions from the Resort precincts last Sunday morning. Approximately fifty runners enjoyed the beautiful unique surroundings of the National Park and the challenge of the Hidden Valley trail run. The course led runners through varying terrains of testing bush trails which included views of the ocean and lapping waves in close proximity. Several runners originally registered for the one loop 4.5km course but enjoyed the challenge so much, they returned for a second outing, well pleased with their efforts.

The junior 4.5km female race winner, Nixon Rodden blitzed her rivals over the testing course. Non club member, Lou Quidu was the first male to cross the line, with Cooper Rodden claiming second place and maximum junior Club Championship points. In the male open 9k event, Liam Mumford and Shawn Claydon fought a tight battle the entire race, with Mumford the eventual victor by only seconds, with fast finishing Andy List overtaking Graeme Railton for third. In the female 9k race, finishing positions were reversed from the recent Eungella King of the Mountain race, with Judy Zahn taking gold ahead of rising talent, Lisa Burns, whilst Janelle Tilse claimed third and the remaining open club championship point. Great racing by several runners, including Tim Caddy, Mariah McGivering, Sharon Doyle, Greg Coulson, Arthur Dick, Cooper Rath, Glenn Baker and Ulrika Widdowson.

A huge thank you to all volunteers, including master chef Linda McFadzen – an awesome job on the BBQ, David Bellamy (photographer for the day), Leanne Tickle (finishing tickets), Tim Magoffin (course marker/announcer), Stacey Eggleston (registrar), Andy List and Martin Lamperd (trailer) and to all the runners, new and existing for making it a sensational day.

The Club welcomed and appreciated visiting Athletics North Qld Development Officer, Dayne O’Hara’s attendance at the Cape Hillsborough event. Dayne’s extensive knowledge in road, cross country and track running is vital to the development and promotion of running in the local region and beyond. Members of the Club’s committee will be attending a North Qld conference in November to better enhance the profile of running to new and existing members.

The Club was also fortunate to have talented ultra-marathon runner Richard Bowles attend the event in the midst of him conquering a personal goal, as well as raising funds and awareness of the Mental Health Support Group (SANE). Rich is 1,000km away from completing the total 5,330km run which takes him from Melbourne to Cooktown along the Bicentennial National Trail. The trail is made up of old stock routes, and for the most part, is very rugged and remote. Richard will be the first person to have ever run the entire trail, and will achieve this by running 30 – 80km daily for 5.5 months, a personal challenge, both physically and mentally. Rich and his support team are very focussed on completing the run, whilst endeavouring to improve the vital needs of his cause, mental health through SANE Australia. Rich’s partner, Vickie Saunders and photographer, Jess Parker challenged themselves to run the 9km Cape Hillsborough course, while Rich had a ‘day off’. Those who missed listening to the informal but very interesting and informative chat by Richard and Vicki can check out www.runbnt.com.

Links to all our social media, blog and Youtube channel:
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/ultrarunnerrichard/videos Check out the videos of their adventure so far
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RunBNT
Blog: ultrarunnerrichard.blogspot.com.au/
Twitter:@ultrarunnerrich or if anyone wishes to support them in any way, please phone Vickie (M) 0428 288 014.

Young Road Runners Go Cross Country

3 Aug 2012

Local Mackay Road Runners Members performed well at the recent Queensland State Secondary School Cross Country Titles held at the Maroochydore Cricket Grounds last month. Ashlee Scott was a standout performer scoring her first ever podium finish in the 18 years girls. Ashlee was rapt with her third placing especially seeing as it was her last opportunity to perform at the Qld Titles. Liam Mumford ran a sensational 10th in a quality field of competitors, Nixon Rodden and Chelsea Thompson finished in the top 25 and Lainie Tilse scored a personal best in her event.

The talented youngsters then followed up with another successful outing at the recent Eungella King of the Mountain event, where Liam took gold for the 2nd year in a row in the senior 6.4km race, Nixon won the junior female event, followed by Ashlee, with Lainie collecting bronze.

Andergrove Handicap Trophy 5/10km

22 July 2012

Perfect running conditions set the scene for approximately sixty runners to contest the prestigious annual 5/10km Andergrove Handicap Trophy event last Sunday afternoon from the Andergrove Tavern precincts.

All 10km runners eligible for the Handicap Trophy were sent off on their individual official club handicap by timekeepers, Agnes Farmer & Judy Zahn.  The course led runners from Andergrove Road onto the long stretch of Bedford Road towards the outskirts of the Andergrove suburb, which included a lap of the Apsley Way hill before heading for home via Maple Drive and Oak Street. The handicap trophy winner is the first runner in the 10km event, male or female, who crosses the line first based on them starting on their correct handicap.  Cilla Martland was in sensational form to take out the major award as she sped over the course, four minutes ahead of last year’s winner, Shane Barben.  Barben admitted to working very hard to try to catch Cilla, but “she was just too good”. As the reigning Andergrove Handicap 10km Champion, he was happy to congratulate her by passing on the coveted trophy for her achievement. In addition to their superb 10k performances, congratulations must go to Fred Farmer, Arthur Dick, Leanne Tickle, Cooper Rath and Cliff Stocks for stepping up to the longer distance.

In the male 5km, Jade Bidgood’s classy form easily won him first place ahead of David Vincent, Steven Vincent and Ryan Barben. In the female 5km, Majella Sammut edged out Anthea Ford by nearly one minute to take the gold medal followed by Kim Saron, Zoe Bidgood, Rachel Bidgood and Stacy Eggleston. Excellent running by Ulrika Widdowson, Paula Easton, Shania Johns, Trudi Barben and Emma Barben to complete the course in very credible times.

Many thanks to Terry O’Connor for co-ordinating volunteers from the Club to assist in clean up at the G&S Food & Wine Festival.  Terry was at the event all day assisting the Mackay Regional Council with club members rostered on four/eight hourly shifts from 8am to 7pm – THANKS to everyone who donated their time and muscles.

The annual M-Test & Podiatry Mackay senior and junior Eungella King of the Mountain Club Championship 6.4km and 3.2km run will be held this Sunday at 8am from Netherdale. The event will be held in conjunction with the Mackay Tyrepower King of the Mountain cycling event.  All members and non-members are most welcome to enter at a cost of $10 per person, with presentation and random draw prizes to be held post-race at the Eungella Community Hall at the Sports Grounds to the right of the finish line.  Sumptuous post-race cooked breakfasts and refreshments will be available for purchase, generously hosted by the very friendly Eungella & Community Development Committee.  Run & Cycle competitors are to register by 7.45am at the latest so that racing can commence 8am sharp, as the Police will be closing the road for a limited time only.

Congratulations to all local Capricornia Secondary School Cross Country representatives who competed last weekend in Maroochydore. Ashlee Scott scored a sensational 3rd place in her 6km 18yrs girls event. Liam Mumford was 10th in his age category, Nixon Rodden and Chelsea Thompson secured top 20 places and Lainie Tilse scored a personal best in her 4km event.  The relay events were held Monday 23rd, however results were not to hand at time of print.
For any further info, check out the club’s website calendar, or Facebook or phone the Club’s hotline 0403 344 289.

BMA Mackay Marina Run

3 June 2012

Race Organisers for the BMA Mackay Marina Run were ecstatic with the record number of race entrants in this year’s event, making it the largest running event in the region.   The massive wave of popularity in the race increased this year’s competitors to over 2000, approx 500 more than last year.  Runners and walkers lining up to tackle the 2012 BMA Mackay Run’s various events, including the BMA 21.1km, Balance Podiatry 8km, City Fitness 5km, Clarion Hotel Corporate Team 5km and The Daily Mercury 3km.  The 5km events were by far the most well attended, with approx 1600         individuals and nearly 100  teams.

Mackay Road Runners and the local branch of the Leukaemia Foundation worked hard over the last twelve months to promote the top class event to athletes of all ages and abilities, with the major focus being on individuals’ awareness of the importance of health and fitness, showcasing the beautiful Mackay City & Marina precincts and raising much needed funds for a very worthy cause.

Race Director and 2012 Boston Marathon competitor, Sandy Strong and his Committee were overwhelmed by the local and national response, where elite and everyday runners had already marked this event as a must do run on their calendar.

Very cool, rainy conditions were an ominous leadup in the week prior to the event, however as the sun rose on race day,  heavy fog could be seen looming on the ocean’s horizon.  As the BMA Half Marathon 21.1km race started  at 6.30am,  just over three hundred runners could ‘clearly’ feel the weight of the foggy humidity.  Once the fog lifted one hour later, the sun brought forward unexpected heat, especially for the backmarkers, with many suffering heat exhaustion from being under hydrated, due to the unexpected weather conditions.

Local running champion, Shawn Claydon broke the tape first in a relatively slow time for him.  His one hour twenty minutes forty-nine seconds  finally secured him first place and the $1,000 cash prize  after being the bridesmaid for the last couple of years.  Mackay’s David Bellamy was also ecstatic with his race, snatching second place in 1 hour 21 min 20 sec ahead of fast finishing local triathlete Daren Galea (1:21:44).   In the female event,   triathlete, Mackay’s Shaneen O’Brien (1:35:42) took out the  top prize one minute ahead of up and coming local runner, Skye Rettke (1:36:46). Jen Taylor from North Rockhampton put a spoke in the local& nbsp; female trifecta stakes by claiming  the bronze medal (1:38:09) ahead of fourth placed Caryanne Robinson (1:41:23).

Talented local junior runner, Liam Mumford was in sensational form taking out the  Balance Podiatry 8km ahead of 238 competitors in 28 minutes 38 seconds ahead of Proserpine’s Luke Henry (28:52).  Their mental and physical battle was evident in the final bend, with Mumford being the eventual victor.  Mackay’s Chris Colwill ran a great race to just miss  the silver medal by one second, relegating him to the coveted final podium position ahead of Mackay’s Calvin Deacon and Airlie Beach’s Lloyd Clode-Roberts.   First female in the 8km, Jade Erbacher (36:37) ran well to place  13th overall, followed   one minute later by Kristen LeGrand, with Aimee Santacaterina  3rd (38:19).

In the City Fitness 5km, an amazing number of 1600 runners were literally herded to the start line, where race starter, Tim Magoffin  sent them off in waves.  In the very warm conditions, runners did a circuit through the Marina  shopping and residential precincts before taking in the glorious ocean views of the 2km Breakwater stretch to then cross the line through the impressive finishing shute on the foreshores of the Mackay Surf Club.  Mackenzie Rowe enjoyed a tight two second win over Lawrence Pappin, with returning talented runner, Matthew Shields claiming third (21:09).  Kate Horan (23:22) had a clear victory, exactly one minute ahead of Kylie Wellard with Mackay’s Katrina Pearson third (25:07).

Congratulations to the oldest competitor, amazing seventy-three year old Fred Farmer, who has battled the effects of Leukaemia and is currently in remission.  The former local Marathon champion was in his glory to be racing in the Balance Podiatry 8km event, with his ever supportive wife, hardworking committee Member of the BMA Marina Run and the Mackay Road Runners Club on hand to witness the awesome event.  Agnes &  Fred’s daughter, Julieanne and grand daughter, Cassie were blown away by Fred’s tenacity  in completing the race in such a great time.

All runners relished in the awesome atmosphere, where hundreds of volunteers, supporters and marshalls lined the roads and finishing shute.  Competitors were also entertained by local bands and musicians throughout the course, prior to finishing their respective races in front of the Mackay Surf Club.

The Race committee are in awe of the response from the local community, whereby more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and including running in their fitness regime is one of the main objectives of the Event.  Congratulations to all experienced and first time runners for creating an awesome atmosphere that makes the BMA Mackay Marina Run  an uplifting experience for so many people in so many difference ways, whatever the achievement.

In addition, the big winner of the day was the Leukaemia Foundation, with approximately $50,000 raised via Corporate Teams and individual fundraising, donations, etc…  The most money raised for the second year in a row, came from local JSIS Engineering firm, raising over $12,375, with approximately $3,500 raised by individual runner, Melinda Murphy.

A post race celebration was held at the Clarion Hotel to thank the volunteers, sponsors, supporters and runners who made the event possible.  In addition, a thank you breakfast will be held at the Clarion Hotel on 15th August to congratulate the sponsors and major supporters in a bid to promote next year’s event which will be held on 2nd June, 2013.

Magpies Meander 5/10km

8 July 2012

Last Sunday’s Magpies Meander 5/10km course set by Tim Caddy and Graham Robinson, was a very tough outing which included many short steep ascents/descents on grassy slopes and bitumen cul de sacs. Thankfully, the cold rainy conditions cleared just in time for the race to commence at 4pm through the Glenella suburb, where sixty-five athletes ran one loop for 5km and two loops for 10k.

The cool, but humid conditions did not hinder the very talented junior runner, Ashlee Scott (20:31), who secured an overall win in the 5km event ahead of Skye Rettke (23:56) with Nixon Rodden (23:57). The current junior Eungella King of the Mountain champion, Jade Bidgood was impressive, taking out the male 5km over Cooper Rodden and Dempsey Rodden.

In the 10km, Liam Mumford’s current classy form held him in good stead to overcome his older champion rival, Shawn Claydon, in the final kilometre, by hitting the tape in 38 min 31 seconds, sixteen seconds ahead of Claydon. Andy List (42:37) followed up his superb Gold Coast Marathon effort of 2hrs 57 mins last weekend, showing no signs of fatigue to claim third ahead of Graeme Harris, Shane Donnollan, Mark McFadzen, Greg Thompson, Tim Caddy, Mark Pashalis, Martin Lambert and Terry Lane.

Congratulations to Arthur Dick on his amazing effort in completing his first ever 10km in one of the toughest 10km events on the 2012 Mackay Road Runners calendar – great birthday present for him on the 10th July.

In the female 10km event, legendary veteran runner, Judy Zahn held off a fast finishing Lisa Burns to claim victory in 50 min 11sec, only one second clear of Lisa, with Janelle Tilse (51:13) clinching the bronze position, ahead of Carmel Mahon, Karla Hook, Kylie Binstead and Jan Smith.

In addition to the excellent performances from athletes backing up from the various Gold Coast Marathon events, congratulations to the many new junior and senior runners at today’s run, great to see so many keen new faces.

Thanks heaps to Stacey Eggleston for once again attending to the timekeeping duties, with assistance from Shannon Ralph and Linda McFadzen. Well done to the lucky random draw winners, for taking out the coveted prizes of large 710g tubs of State of Origin maroon M&M chocolates – the prize winners were drawn by unlucky NSW supporters, but all in good fun:)

Next Sunday’s Slade Point Club Championship 5/16km race will commence 6.30am from Tim’s house, which is the last house on Slade Point Road (opposite school) before veering onto Ocean Avenue. Tim and his family have kindly offered runners and supporters to stay for post-race refreshments, which will include the original ‘Bacon and Egg Magoffin’ – all new and current Members are welcome. For any queries, ph Paul/Janelle 0427 870 070 / 4957 3427 or check the club’s website calendar, or Facebook.

Mt Pleasant Tavern Trot 4/9km

1 July 2012

Last weekend, an impressive field of forty runners still attended the Mackay Road Runners 4/9km Mt Pleasant Trot, even though more than that number were out of town, racing in various events from 5km to 42.2km at the Gold Coast running festival.

In unseasonably warm conditions, Chris Colwill performed well locally in the 9km, clocking a very speedy 32 min 16 sec, two minutes clear of Scott Thoms, with Graeme Harris a further four minutes in deficit. Mark Pashalis ran a superb race (40:58) to outpace Tim Caddy by fifteen seconds to claim fourth place, with Tim settled for fifth ahead of a fast finishing Tim Miles. Janelle Tilse (44:57) was first for the girls in the 9km ahead of Jenna Bugeja (47.53) and Marie Muscat (49:36). Solid performances in the 9km came from Alex Anderson, Suranjan Senevirante, Davin Castle, Karlee Hayden, Cilla Martland, Cliff Stocks and Brendon Johns. Trevor Hodgson’s consistent pace was set perfectly for him to be able to perform his signature sprint finish, whilst Josh Eisemann enjoyed his return to racing, with a few laughs (as usual) along the way.

Sensational running in the 4km with a really unwell Liam Mumford (14:30) still able to claim gold for the boys ahead of Ryan Mumford (21:04) and Cooper Rodden (21:10). Junior female running champion, Ashlee Scott placed 2nd overall (male and female) in the 4k (15:49) ahead of rising talent, Nixon Rodden, who placed 3rd overall (male & female). Third female in the 4km was Robyn Madill (21:35), who was evenly placed between Cooper Rodden (21:10) and Dempsey Rodden (23:19), with John Rodden (23:31) settling into a comfortable pace behind them. New runners who also performed well in the 4km were Shania Johns, Emma Barben, Hunter Taylor and Trudi Barben.

Congratulations to the many runners who had a great time at the Gold Coast running festival, with many achieving personal best times throughout the various events. Last reports to hand were that they were all enjoying the atmosphere of one of the greatest running events on offer, nationally and internationally. A major highlight of the event was a 3hr 01min 42.2km marathon run by Paul Tilse, however, it has been reported that it was not the same Paul Tilse from Mackay unfortunately!

North Queensland Games

24 June 2012

It was a very successful weekend for local athletes running in the RACQ North Qld Games held over two days from the Mackay State High School Track and the Bluewater Lagoon. Superb junior talent, Ashlee Scott collected three gold medals and one silver in her four events. Ashlee competed very successfully in the track meet held over two days at the Milton Street High School oval, hosted by a very well organised Mackay Athletics Club, where she collected gold in the prestigious ’56 Torch Bearer” 1500 metre race. Ashlee sprinted from the gun to easily outpace her rivals, collecting the major prize trophy ahead of senior runners, Skye Rettke (2nd) and Carmel Moran (3rd). Ashlee continued her winning ways to snare another gold medal in the 3000 metre event later that afternoon. Ashlee, as well as hundreds of other athletes, had to then contend with very cool, windy and drizzly conditions the very next day, but this did not deter Ashlee from scoring gold in the 400 metres and a silver in the 800 metres.

Junior Mackay Road Runner, Liam Mumford ran a brave “56 Torch Bearers” RACQ Nth Qld Games signature 1500m event where he burst out of the blocks first in an attempt to take a clear lead, splitting the field in the first lap, followed closely by Mackay’s Jamie Stead and Mt Isa’s Cameron Clayton. The lead changed a couple of times in the final two laps where Stead took a turn up front, but was overtaken by a well drilled Cameron Clayton who eventually sprinted away to take gold, before being pushed by second placed Mumford Liam in the final straight, with Stead collecting the final podium position. Mumford backed up his silver medal with a gold medal performance in the RACQ Nth Qld Games Mackay Road Runners 5km road run at the Bluewater Lagoon and then back to the track to sieze gold in the 800 metres at the Milton Street Oval.

All in all a very successful weekend for our junior runners, with Nixon Rodden, Chelsea Thompson and Lainie Tilse taking 1,2,3 in the 5km road run on top of their very successful track meets at Milton Street.

Senior runners who also performed well at Milton St and Bluewater Lagoon included Calvin Deacon who collected gold in several events, Carmel Moran, Skye Rettke, Mark McFadzen and Shawn Claydon.

In the 14km female event at the Bluewater Lagoon, veteran running legend Judy Zahn, who lead from the gun, was well pleased with her gold medal ahead of Teresa Harding (2nd) and Janelle Tilse (3rd). Shawn Claydon was a clear winner in the 14km male event ahead of Cairns Ironman competitors and talented local runners, Mark McFadzen (2nd) and Jack Simpson (3rd).

Congratulations to all runners, officials and volunteers for braving the atrocious conditions that prevailed all weekend, worsening on Sunday’s final day of competition.

Congratulations to Jan “Granny” Smith on the birth of her first grandchild over the weekend. Jan is a long serving club member/runner of the Mackay Road Runners Club and is also considered a ‘stalwart’ by some.

Best wishes to all runners from the Mackay region competing in the Gold Coast Running Festival’s various events from 5km to the Marathon – it’s been a long awaited major goal for hundreds of local athletes, but it is finally here – good luck!!!

Sheilds Stampede 5/12km

17 June 2012

Perfect running conditions were the order of the day, in fact the whole weekend’s weather was awesome for runners in their final days of preparation for the various Gold Coast Marathon events, which is less than two weeks away. Hundreds of local runners are looking forward to individual challenges of racing 5km to 42.2km in conditions that should be cooler than Mackay’s recent BMA Marina Running event.

Meanwhile in local racing, last weekend’s Shield’s Stampede lead nearly fifty runners through the undulating hills of Mount Pleasant and the meandering suburban streets of Eaglemount Heights and Andergrove.
In the 5km race, Anthea Ford overcame a fast paced Aderline West by only fourteen seconds to claim first for the girls, with Aderline a clear second over Dana Streidl, who edged out Gaye Streidl by four seconds. In the male 5km event, talented brothers Liam & Ryan Mumford placed first and second respectively ahead of Scott Thoms, Tim Magoffin, Davin Castle and Hayden Connor.

The 12km runners encountered a very technical course, but all handled the tricky twists and turns without getting lost thanks to the very efficient course marking by Derek Woods. The handicap start race was won by Marie Muscat, with long time Club member, Jan Smith just holding on by seven seconds to take second ahead of a fast finishing Graeme Harris, and newcomer Damien Irving. Back markers, Shawn Claydon, Jack Simpson, Mark McFadzen, Andy List, David Bellamy and Graeme Railton had a tough time catching the higher handicappers, but ran very well to chase down the talented field. Many thanks to timekeepers Agnes Farmer and Stacey Eggleston, water stop attendants Terry O’Connor and Martin Lambert, and the many volunteers in organising the weekly races.

This Sunday the Mackay Road Runners will host the RACQ North Qld Games 5k & 14km at 8am from the Bluewater Lagoon, with nominations accepted up to 7.30am on race day. Several club athletes will also tackle the sprint distance 1500 metre track event at Mackay State High School this Saturday morning as part of the RACQ North Qld Games. It would be much appreciated to have support for our local athletes in this event and many other track and field events occurring over the weekend.

For any queries, ph Paul/Janelle 0427 870 070 / 4957 3427 or check the club’s website calendar, or Facebook.

5/11km Slade Point Saunter

10 June 2012

Nearly sixty runners met at the Catherine Freeman Oval for the 5/11k Slade Point Saunter last Sunday afternoon. The 5km competitors were rapt with their course, which did not include any sand running, however, it did have the serious ascent of Lamberts Beach Lookout to make it interesting. First female in the 5km, talented Ashlee Scott was sensational, clocking 20 minutes 9 seconds over the very undulating course. Ashlee’s superb form has just earned her another Secondary School cross country representation for Capricornia, where, last Monday, she blitzed the field to take gold over her peers. Ashlee will now set her sights on the Queensland State championships in Maroochydore later next month. Kristen LeGrand backed up well from her podium finish in the 8km Mackay Marina Run last weekend to take silver ahead of junior runner Aderline West.

Ryan Mumford was a clear winner in the male 5km event, overcoming a very fit Wayne Zahra in the later stages of the race, with Marathon runner, Terry O’Connor easily taking out third place. Meanwhile in the 11km, runners tackled 6km of sand in the mid-section of their race, leaving the bitumen roads at Sebreeze Tavern, Lamberts Beach entering the park/beach for the long trek to the turnaround at the North Wall of the Harbour before returning via the same route to the finish line.

The top markers had a tough battle, where 2012 BMA Mackay Marina Half Marathon Champion Shawn Claydon led at the turnaround, only to be pipped at the post by mere seconds by Chris Colwill, followed very closely by David Bellamy, Rob Taylor and Andy List. Talented junior runner and winner of last weekend’s Mackay Marina Balance Podiatry 8km, Liam Mumford was relegated to 6th, ahead of Cairns Half Ironman competitor (4hrs 44min), Jack Simpson. Mumford also will attend the Secondary School State Championships in Maroochydore after qualifying first in the Capricornia trials last Monday, capping off a very successful two weeks of racing.

In the female 11km, Judy Zahn was unbeaten in her usual legendary style claiming first by nearly two minutes over Janelle Tilse, with (3rd, 4th and 5th) Jo Hughes, Carmel Mahon and Karla Hook crossing the line in sync. Carmel & Karla have been doing some serious kilometres in the leadup to their first Marathon attempt at the Gold Coast early next month. With their last long run, 35km, completed just over 24 hours prior to the 11km, the girls have recovered well and are on track for a great finish in three weeks.

Many thanks to Tim Magoffin, Alison Friswell, Simon Henderson and Agnes Farmer for volunteering their assistance at today’s race.

A huge thank you to the hundreds of volunteers, sponsors, competitors and their supporters, specifically the local branch of the Mackay Leukaemia Foundation and Mackay Road Runners for the massive effort to host such a prestigious event for over 2000 runners/walkers, ie the BMA Mackay Marina Run on 3rd June. The wonderful support and attitude of all involved was greatly appreciated by the Race Directors and Committee, Sandy Strong, Tim Magoffin, Chris & Barry Comben, Cameron Owens, Chris Evangelou, Agnes Farmer, Alan Zamparutti and Janelle Tilse. Congratulations to the Leukaemia Foundation for being the big winner of the day!

5/11km Mt Bassett Run

27 May 2012

Over sixty runners met at the precincts of the New Mulherin Park, East Point Road for their last race hit out before this weekend’s long awaited BMA Mackay Marina Run. The Mackay Marina Run is the largest local running event with nearly 3000 runners expected to participate this Sunday from 6am across events including the Daily Mercury 3k, City Fitness 5k, Clarion Hotel Corporate Challenge 5k, Balance Podiatry 8k and the BMA 21.1k. Race Directors, Mackay Road Runners’ Sandy Strong & Tim Magoffin and the Leukaemia Foundation’s Chris & Barry Comben have been an integral part of the organising committee for the prestigious event, which has taken 12 months to co-ordinate.

The Mackay Road Runners Mt Bassett 5/11km was held last Sunday in very cool and thankfully, sunny conditions at 4pm from the Mackay Harbour. Runners in the 5km event started off scratch, with Mackay Marina 8km favourite, Liam Mumford claiming gold ahead of David Bellamy and Ben Rainsford. Top contender for the Marina 5km, Ashlee Scott, who has been in sensational form did not disappoint in the Mt Bassett 5k, as she took first place ahead of Kristen Legrand and Jenna Bugeja. Junior runners, Ryan Mumford, Aidan Donnollan and Anthea Ford also were well placed in the 5k ahead of their Marina run onslaught.

With two ascents of Mt Bassett lookout in the 11km handicap start race, club member, Steven Vincent ran a great race to place first ahead of Cooper Rath, Matthew Cornell, Scott Toms, Shane Donnollan and Kimberly Porsche. Steve’s huge improvement in form comes from increasing his training kilometres prior to his first ever attempt at 21.1km at the Marina Run. Steve’s main rivals will come from David Vincent and Paul Tilse, although I don’t think he’s too concerned. Many runners who performed well included Lisa Burns, Graeme Harris, Adrian Kelly, Jan Smith, Wayne Zahra, Skye Rettke, Christine Webb, Glenn Baker, Chris Colwill, Alison Friswell, Greg Thompson and Trevor Hodgson.

Many thanks to water stop attendant, Graham Robinson and timekeepers, Agnes Farmer, Karen Baker and Kylie Binstead, course markers, etc… A big thanks to Mark & Linda McFadzen for ordering and seeking sponsorship of the new Club singlets, they look awesome, therefore anyone interested in ordering, please see Linda & Mark. In addition, the new Club trailer looks great thanks to Darren Binstead & Co for their involvement. Best of luck to Jack Simpson and Mark McFadzen travelling to Cairns for this weekend’s arduous Ironman Triathlon.

NOTE: The Mackay Marina Run nominations close online Friday 1st June, but late nominations will be accepted from 2pm to 5pm at the Mackay Surf Club on Saturday 2nd June. Pre-registered runners need to collect their race bags, numbers, etc…on Saturday upstairs at the Surf Club on Saturday 2-5pm. For any queries, ph Paul/Janelle 0427 870 070 / 4957 3427 or check the club’s website calendar, or Facebook.

30km Club Championship Race

20 May 2012

Approximately forty runners contested last Sunday’s 30k Club Championship and 5km race, commencing 6am from Northview Gardens Park. Competitors enjoyed the testing undulating country roads which lead the 30k runners into the picturesque suburbs of Habana and Farleigh before turning homeward via the same route. Waterstop attendants, Tim Magoffin and Karen Baker were a very welcome sight and much appreciated by the runners in the overcast, humid conditions.

Calvin Deacon took gold in the 5km event ahead of junior runner, Hayden Connor with Matt Cornell, Matthew Kurtz, Aidan Donnollan, Arthur Dick and Fred Farmer picking up the minor placings.

In the 30km event, Shawn Claydon (1hr 54min 12 sec) blitzed the field in the early stages of the race, holding on to take maximum Club Championship points overall and in his age category ahead of fast finishing duo Daren Galea (2:01:24) and Andy List (2:01:38). Excellent running by Mark McFadzen, David Bellamy, Graeme Railton, Shane Donnollan, Darren Binstead, Gary Jenkinson, Terry O’Connor, Martin Lambert and Graeme Harris added pressure to their performances in a bid to attain valuable age category club championship points against their peers.

Talented female runner Skye Rettke lead the girls from start to finish to hit the tape in 2hrs 34min 52sec ahead of a surging Lisa Burns (2:36:31), with Janelle Tilse (2:39:12) collecting bronze in the open female section. Carmel Mahon and Karla Hook easily completed the 30km in the midst of their training schedule for the Gold Coast Marathon in July. Excited runners, Carmel Moran and Nikki Giles were very happy to cross the finish line in unison, whilst Nickie King and Kylie Binstead finished seconds apart with fellow training partner, injured Teresa Robinson very courageous in completing the entire 30km.

Timekeeper, Agnes Farmer needs a medal – she has done more than her fair share of morning timkeeping…..and she’s NOT a morning person OR a runner. Members, please see Agnes to put your name down to help out whenever you can. Thanks to Melissa Harris for assisting in the very breezy, cool conditions at today’s race.
Runners enjoyed the post-race BBQ by chef, Linda (a la Nigella Lawson) McFadzen, via the new club trailer. Linda and Mark have done an awesome job in seeking sponsors for new club singlets. Another huge thanks goes to Darren Binstead and his team for their work in securing a brand new, super-dooper, trailer with built-in everything – great work guys!

With the BMA Mackay Marina Run less than two weeks away, congratulations and thanks to the Members and their families who are volunteering their time to assist over the weekend. More helpers are needed for race day, so if you can help, it would be much appreciated.

This Sunday’s club run is the Mt Bassett 5/11km, commencing 4pm from the southern end of East Point Road, near New Mulherin Park – all new runners are very welcome. For further info, check the club’s website calendar, Facebook or ph 4957 3427 or 0427 870 070 Paul/Janelle.

Cafe La De Da Pre Mother’s Day 6 & 12km

12 May 2012

Nearly forty-five runners left the precincts of the Cafe La de Da coffee shop in Wood Street early Saturday morning for the 6/12km Pre Mother’s Day run. The 12km flat course led runners onto the boardwalk towards Caneland Shoppingtown before looping back through the City to Queens Park before heading to Quota Park, Ocean International for a 2km beach run, then linking up with the meandering Sandfly Creek path back into the City via River, Tennyson, Victoria and Wood Streets to the welcome sight of Cafe La de Da. The 6km course was relatively the same, without the Shopping Centre loop and of course, with half the distance to run, 6km competitors were back in heaps of time before the 12km runners to enjoy the relaxed breakfast environment of the Cafe, whilst awaiting the post-race celebrations including several coveted random draw prizes for the deserved runners and volunteers’ efforts.

New runner, Matthew Kurtz claimed gold in the 6km followed by talented youngster, Aidan Donnollan with third going to talented oldie, Arthur Dick. Kim Saron hit the tape first for the girls in the 6km followed by Elspeth Ledwy, who was in great form after being up all night with her two young kiddies.
The scratch start 12km saw Shawn Claydon (42min 14sec) streak away to lead from start to finish, with second going to American runner, Scott Thoms (50:48), with Shane Donnollan (51:45) closing in fast for third. Darren Binstead (52:19) claimed fourth ahead of Graeme Harris (53:28), Chris Ward (55:43), Greg Thompson (56:00), Martin Lambert (57:07) and Derek Woods (58:44). First female and in superb form, Lisa Burns (59:54) easily took gold ahead of Janelle Tilse (1:02:13), Nikki Giles (1:02:29), Karen Baker (1:04:04), Carmel Moran (1:05:26), Donna Rath (1:05:51), Karla Hook (1:07:07:30) and Carmel Mahon (1:07:07:63). Great running in the 12km came from newcomers Kimberley Porsche and Adrian Kelly and regular runners, Jo Hughes, Kylie Binstead, Jan Smith, Stacey Eggleston, Rhondell Hospers, Paul Tilse and Steven Vincent.

Results and photos from the Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon on Sunday 6th May are up for viewing on the Hamilton Island site, with sensational performances from the many locals that converged on the Island. A Mackay team of Kristen LeGrand, Wayne Zahra and Skye Rettke, each running 7km took the top team prize from a very tough field of competitors. Daren Galea was the best placed Mackay male runner in the 21.1km scooping third in 1hr 29min 29 sec, 8 minutes behind first and only 19 seconds out of second place. Mackay’s highest placed female was Janelle Tilse who placed fourth in 2hrs 14min behind a tough field of girls, with first placed Hamilton Island’s Ashlea Achilles clocking an impressive 1hr 56min 29sec and seventh overall male/female.

Congratulations to Race Director, Hamilton Island’s Steve Jackson on another enjoyable (but tough) and well run event in an awesome environment.

This Sunday’s 30km approx run from Northview Park (check the club’s website calendar) commences 6am sharp taking runners through the country roads of Farleigh, Habana etc. Options of a shorter course are not formalised yet, but all runners are certainly all welcome to participate in an informal shorter course option. The Club welcomes all runners and endeavour to be as inclusive as possible to cater to runners of all ages and abilities.

Farmers Gallop 6 & 17km

29 April 2012

Mackay Road Runners staged the long standing 6 & 17km Farmers Long Gallop last Sunday from Life Members, Fred & Agnes Farmers residence in Evans Avenue last Sunday at 6.30am. The chilly early morning did not deter approximately sixty runners lacing up the shoes for the 17km handicap and 6km scratch start races. Even self-confessed non-early morning person, Time Keeper, Agnes was in fine form even after a late night of partying.

Kimberley Craig dominated the early stages of the 6km event and continued to do so as she hit the tape first overall, six seconds ahead of the first male runner, Suranjan Senevirante. Nikki Giles cruised in for the silver medal, whilst young Nicole Froling was in superb form to claim bronze. Second and third male runners were only one second apart, with Anthony Rath (Dad) sneaking ahead of Cooper Rath (son)…..hmmm…..looks suspiciously like a possible tradeoff for this week’s allowance? Excellent performances also came from Felicia Mulherin, John Rodden, Leanne Tickle, Kim Saron, Fred Farmer, Aidan Donnollan, Robyn Madill and Arthur Dick.

The handicap start 17km race had the top markers waiting approximately forty-five minutes after the scratch starters. The interesting challenge is for the faster runners to catch the lower handicappers and of course, for the scratch starters to lead the race until the faster runners catch them…….that’s if they do! With handicaps still to be adjusted, several competitors ran extremely well, and thus should be in line to collect maximum handicap points. Back markers Shawn Claydon, Daren Galea, Jack Simpson, Darren Binstead, Andy List, David Bellamy, Shane Donnallan, Mark McFadzen, Darrin Pullen, Graeme Harris, Shaneen O’Brien, Alison Friswell and Skye Rettke should feature highly in the handicap rankings due to their finishing position.

A big welcome to two new runners hailing from Boston and New York. Scott Toms and Kimberley Porsche, both showing the locals a clean pair of heels as they easily accounted for the 17km event. Also, well done to Marathon runners doing the big k’s in training at the moment and still competing favourably in the club events, ie Terry O’Connor, Karen Baker, David Isbister, Stuart Sprott, Carmel Mahon, Karla Hook and Martin Lambert. And in addition, best wishes and a speedy recovery to several injured runners who are graciously still volunteering at Club events – where would we be without you? Many thanks to water stop attendants, Donna Rath and Linda McFadzen, course marker, Tim Caddy, roving course marshal, Tim Magoffin and to our awesome hosts Fred & Agnes for their hospitality and delicious post-race treats.

This Sunday’s club race is a social 5/10km commencing at 4pm. Runners are to meet at the Botanic Gardens car park area, corner of Lagoon & Hume Streets for a unique ‘nominate your time’ concept. Competitors are not to wear their watches, then nominate a time they think they will do – the winner is the one who runs closest to their time.

The May Day Long weekend also stages several out of town running events, including the Moranbah CFMEU Fun Run, Noosa Running Festival and the Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon – best of luck to all competitors.

For any further info, check the club’s website calendar, Facebook or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 or 0427 870 070

Robbo’s Roundabout 5 & 10km

22 April 2012

Last Sunday at 5pm, approximately seventy runners revelled in the many undulations of the very hilly terrain that is the suburb of Mt Pleasant. The tough course set by Graham Robinson and Tim Caddy had 5km runners complete one loop  which included several streets of serious ascents and descents ie  Bona Vista, James Croker, Norris Road, etc  although, runners were a little disappointed that Pollock and High Streets were omitted (NOT), Robinson and Caddy did include a testing set of steps up a steep grassy hill.   Due to the handicap start, ten kilometre runners had to maintain focus whilst completing two loops of the course, whereby they were crossing the line in the fading light.

In the 5km event, young Ashlee Scott maintained her sensational form to be first to cross the line ahead of Nixon Rodden and Kimberley Craig. Brock Santacaterina ran a very speedy race to break the tape first for the boys 5km event, with Liam Mumford and Jett Santacaterina filling the minor placings.

The handicap start 10km was a very open affair, with youngster Cooper Rath taking gold ahead of Skye Rettke and Kristen LeGrand.  This was a great effort on their behalf as they all rarely race this distance, but performed extremely well in the testing conditions. Other superb performances came from:- Glenn Baker (who thought 10km wasn’t enough, therefore, added on a few more kilometeres so he could keep up with his wife, Karen); Ryan Barben who ran with a broken arm; Teresa Robinson (returning from injury); Martin Lambert & Terry O’Connor (recovering from last weekend’s Canberra Marathon) and the Ward family who are counting down the days/weeks until they leave for a two year stint in Canada.

This weekend’s 6/17km run commences 6.30am from Farmer’s residence, 62 Evans Ave, North Mackay – the longer distance race will be a handicap start, with all runners to be registered prior to the race start. For further info, check the club’s website calendar, Facebook or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427.

Balance Podiatry Club Championship 5 & 10km

15 April 2012

The Mackay Road Runners Balance Podiatry 10km Club Championship and 5km Handicap race were held in very breezy conditions from Queens Park last Sunday. Seventy-five runners bolted from the gun in a bid to gain valuable club championship and handicap points in the open and respective age categories.

In the 5km event, Ashlee Scott’s perfect running form was evident from the start, even in the blustery conditions, as she lead the quality field to take gold in twenty minutes twenty-two seconds ahead of talented youngster Nixon Rodden (21:13). Skye Rettke (21:40) ran a great race to place third with Kimberley Craig (22:08) and Kristen LeGrand (22:22) closing in fast for fourth and fifth consecutively.

In the male 5km event, upcoming junior talent, Ryan Mumford (23:06) found the course to his liking, breaking the tape first, two and a half minutes clear of an extremely tight finish by Tom Henderson (25:31:48) and Hayden Connor (25:31:80). Great running by other 5km competitors, including Jenna Bugeja, Jordyn Mulherin, Dempsey Rodden, Harry Ward, Cooper Rodden, Jess Rath and Aderline West.

After a heavy weekend of out of town Aussie Rules trials for Gold Coast Suns Scholarship holder, sixteen year old Liam Mumford was always going to have a tough task ahead of him in the open section of the Club Championship race. Current Club Champion, Shawn Claydon (36:40) ran a brave race to score maximum club championship points in the 10km event, despite a lingering injury to hold out second placed Daren Galea (37:39), with third going to a very focussed Mumford (38:29). There was another close finish at the top end of the field by less than one second for fourth and fifth between friendly rivals Mark McFadzen (38:36:14) and Andy List (38:36:49). David Bellamy (39:14), Jack Simpson (39:52), Darren Binstead (42:13), Shane Donnollan (42:22) and Darren Pullen (43:17) rounded out the top ten male placings.

First female in the 10km was one of the race favourites, Shaneen O’Brien (43:27) followed by Anna Ottaway (44:22) and big improver Lisa Burns (47:55). Janelle Tilse (48:17), Nikki Giles (48:28) and Karen Baker (48:54) followed in quick succession. Well done to runners who have stepped up to the longer distance, ie Cooper Rath, Anthea Ford, Jess Rath, Leanne Tickle, Matt Cornell and Steven Vincent.

Many thanks to race Sponsor, Balance Podiatry for their generous support of cash and product random draw prizes that were drawn under a very dim light in the evening darkness to ten very appreciative winners.

A special thanks to volunteer course markers, Graham Robinson and Tim Caddy, water stop attendants Donna Rath and Linda McFadzen, timekeepers Agnes Farmer/Shannon Ralph, with placings recorded by Sari West and Raylene Scott. Club President, Tim Magoffin was also very much appreciated as a course marshal – he was everywhere!!!

Congratulations to Marathon runners, Martin Lambert (3hrs 31min) and Terry O’Connor (3hrs 33min) who tackled the Canberra Marathon on Sunday 15th April with obviously very successful results – they were last heard to be heartily rehydrating themselves. Best wishes to Sandy Strong who will be waking in a few hours to warm up for his special race, the Boston Marathon, which will be run on Monday 16th April.

This Sunday, the Robbo’s Roundabout 5/10km will commence 5pm from the Gordon White Library car park – all members and non-members very welcome. For any further info, check out the Club’s website calendar, Facebook or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427.

Easter Bluewater Lagoon 5/10km

8 April 2012

Over thirty keen runners left the precincts of the Bluewater Lagoon parklands for the Easter Bluewater Lope Along 5 & 10km, which was held in perfectly cool running conditions last Sunday at 6.30am.

Nixon Rodden sprinted the 5km to place first in the 5km ahead of Jenna Bugeja, who was home from Townsville Uni for a quick session with her local running group. Fast finishing Anthea Ford, claimed third, with Robyn Madill hitting the tape three minutes later. The Rodden family success continued with the first male in the 5km being Cooper Rodden, second going to Dempsey Rodden, and John settling for the bronze medal.

Shawn Claydon was in excellent form in the 10km, hitting the tape first ahead of talented newcomer, Callan Lloyd, local marathoner Andy List, followed by Jack Simpson finishing fourth two minutes later. Fifth placed Martin Lambert ran a controlled race as part of his taper week prior to the Canberra Marathon. Lambert and fellow training partner, Terry O’Connor will be running the 42.2km event in Canberra this Sunday whilst their other training buddy, Sandy Strong strides out in the awesome atmosphere of the famous Boston Marathon at the same time – good luck guys!

In the female 10km event Shaneen O’Brien claimed gold ahead of Alison Friswell, Janelle Tilse, Karen Baker, Carmel Mahon, Karla Hook, Stacey Eggleston, Jan Smith and Donna Rath.

This Sunday’s 10km Club Championship race from Queens Park is sponsored by Balance Podiatry. Runners are to meet at the Park’s Rotunda via the Goldsmith Street entrance, with registrations closing ten (10) minutes prior to racing at 5pm. Runners are invited to stay post-race for cash random draw prizes donated by Balance Podiatry.

Runners are reminded to nominate on line for the BMA Mackay Marina Run in their selected events, ie 3km, 5km fun run and corporate challenge, 8km and the 21.1km. The event on Sunday 3rd June promises to be bigger and better than ever due to the hard work of the voluntary committee and generous sponsors.

Podiatry Mackay Athletics North Qld Cross Country 2/3/6k

1 April 2012

The Podiatry Mackay Athletics North Queensland Cross Country races, hosted by the Mackay Road Runners, commenced at 4pm from the Tourist Information Centre, City Gates last Sunday. Approximately seventy-five runners from five years old to over fifty entered distances of 2/3/4/6km based on their age category. There was obvious enthusiasm from all the runners, specifically the youngsters, which was great to see as they bolted from the gun to challenge themselves over the very undulating, varying terrain. The awesomely, well-marked course set by Graham Robinson, Derek Woods, Tim Caddy, Tim Magoffin and Andy List had everything from dirt roads, paved paths, deep grassy headlands, short/sharp hills to the half-way point and return as they made their way through the meandering precincts of the botanic gardens.

A small contingent of Moranbah and Proserpine runners made the trek to compete very successfully in their individual races. There were many outstanding performances from individuals and families, including John Hadok’s gold medal run which was his first cross country race since 1974 (not saying how old he is!) and international runner Steve Veal who was home for a few weeks from his current base in Japan.

Many thanks to major sponsor, Podiatry Mackay (Donald Orr) who has been a major supporter of junior runners with the club for several years. The junior runners who benefited from Podiatry Mackay’s cash random draw prizes were extremely excited to win, especially seeing as the school holidays have just started, I’m sure they will be hitting the shops tomorrow, although maybe they were going to donate it to Mum/Dad – I don’t think so! All runners were treated to various random draws prizes after the post-race presentations, which included the major draw of an Asics Sports Bag, deservedly won by long time Mackay Road Runners runner and volunteer, Teresa Robinson.

Thanks heaps also to race organiser, Nickie King and her many volunteers, including course markers, course safety marshals, registration table attendants, timekeepers and course and presentation announcers, etc…. A special thanks to Robbo, Derek Woods and Tim Caddy who collected course markers well into the dark after racing was complete. An excellent job was done by all the course marshals, in particular Jo Hughes who was obviously so focussed on showing runners the correct way to go, she didn’t notice a brown snake, until it slithered in between her feet, she then proceeded to do a war dance to attract attention for assistance – no-one came, sorry Jo!!

Category Results

9/10 Boys – 2km: 1st Angus Boreham; 2nd Tom Monckton; 3rd Harry Ward
9/10 Girls – 2km: 1st Jahrah Pearce; 2nd Belinda Binnekamp; 3rd Emily Binnekamp
11/12/13 Boys – 3km: 1st Campbell Behan; 2nd Ryan Mumford; 3rd Astin Leotta
11/12/13 Girls – 3km: 1st Chelsey Thompson; 2nd Grace Kelly; 3rd Maggie Monckton
14/15 Boys – 4km: 1st Cameron Finato
14/15 Girls – 4km: 1st Gabrielle DeBoni; 2nd Sophie Webb-Smith
16/17 Boys – 6km: 1st Liam Mumford; 2nd Lloyd Clode-Roberts
16/17 Girls – 4km: 1st Ashlee Scott; 2nd Marnie Harding; 3rd Anthea Ford
18-39 Male – 6km: 1st Daren Galea; 2nd Graeme Railton; 3rd Jack Simpson
18-39 Female – 6km: 1st Skye Rettke; 2nd Stacey Eggelston; 3rd Peita Pearce
40-49 Male – 6km: 1st Shawn Claydon; 2nd David Bellamy; 3rd Andy List
40-49 Female – 6km: 1st Lisa Burns; 2nd Janelle Tilse; 3rd Terri Leotta
50-59 Male – 6km: 1st John Hadok; 2nd Peter Buckland; 3rd Arthur Dick

Rural View 5 & 10km

25 Mar 2012

Due to the recent and ongoing weather conditions, last Sunday’s Cape Hillsborough Club Championship race was swapped with the 5/10km Rural View run. The substituted race was heralded a great success despite the extreme humidity and subsequent rain that prevailed throughout the very challenging undulating course that led runners through the streets of Rural View and the awesome Rural View lookout loop. The well-marked course (thanks Robbo) had 10km runners complete two loops of the very testing course, while the 5 km runners suffered half the pain by doing one loop.

Ashlee Scott revelled in the tough conditions by blitzing the field to take gold in the 5km ahead of her male and female counterparts. Nixon Rodden also ran a great race to claim second only five seconds clear of Skye Rettke (22:05) with Tracy McRae, Shay Hudson, Paula Easton, Robyn Madill, Anthea Ford, Cilla Martland and Caitlin O’Connor rounding out the top ten 5km girls. In the male 5km, Chris Ballard (21:10) took line honours ahead of Chris Ward (21:46) and Graeme Harris (23:50). Juniors male runners ran exceptionally well to close out the next three places – Ben Vella (4th), Ryan Mumford (5th) and Hayden Connor (6th).

David Bellamy was in fine form in the 10km event, leading the field at the 5km turnaround then continuing to hold off his talented opposition to claim victory by fifteen seconds over Shawn Claydon. Liam Mumford claimed the bronze medal position less than one minute later, marginally ahead of a tight finish between Andy List and Calvin Deacon, where List snatched 4th place by one second. Congratulations to youngster, Cooper Rath in completing the 10km in a very respectable time considering his limited experience over that distance.

First female in the 10km was Lisa Burns, whose recent classy form has seen her continue to place regularly in the podium positions over varying distances. Her win was nearly two minutes clear of second placed Janelle Tilse followed by Donna Rath, Karen Baker, Carmel Mahon, Emily Bartolo, Jo Hughes, Stacy Eggleston, Jeanette Farrugia and Jan Smith. Well done to Jeanette Farrugia who completed the 10km course after suffering ongoing multiple leg injuries, and to Stacey Eggleston whose speedy run and fast finish should see her handicap adjusted in the coming weeks.

Next weekend, the club has a couple of running options, ie 20km (approx) Eungella Goldfields Trail social run from Broken River (meet at Broken River Saturday 1.30pm for a 2pm start), and on Sunday 1st April, there will be the Athletics North Queensland Cross Country 2/3/6km races, commencing 4pm from the Tourist Information Centre, City Gates (register by 3.45pm). In addition to medals for the first three male and female places in varying age categories, junior runners are eligible to win cash random draw prizes donated by Donald Orr from Podiatry Mackay. Donald and his Podiatry Mackay team of professionals have been a major supporter of junior runners over several years with the Mackay Road Runners Club, and is a very valued and integral part of the promotion of junior sport with the local community. All random draw winners must be present at the post race presentations to claim their prize.

For further information on any of the upcoming races, please check out the website calendar, Facebook or ph Paul/Janelle 4957 3427. Please note that Membership fees are due! To claim handicap and club championship points, new runners need to be financial immediately and existing members by 31st March.

Ocean International 4/8km Canter

11 Mar 2012

Last Sunday Mackay Road Runners hosted the annual 4/8km Ocean International Canter commencing at 5pm in extremely wet and consistently rainy conditions throughout the entire course. Even though the course was knowingly going to be very damp, a good crowd of nearly fifty runners braved the testing conditions to race the streets on and off Binnington Esplanade and Sandfly Creek path.

The scratch start race saw Ashlee Scott cross the line first in the 4km in a very commendable time, based on the horrendous road conditions, of 19 min 54 sec, only thirty seconds ahead of second placed Skye Rettke. Anthea Ford also ran well in the atrocious conditions to place third, followed by Karlee Hayden and new runners, Jules Finato, Sarah Keogh and Dee Finato – well done girls! Congratulations to Josh Eisemann, claiming the gold medal in the 4km event for the male contingent.

In the 8km event, Shawn Claydon ran a great race, despite injury woes to place first in 29min 45sec, with Liam Mumford (30:24) closing in fast for second, mere seconds ahead of Andy List (30:46), Graeme Railton (30:57), Jack Simpson (31:23), Darren Binstead (33:02) and Martin Lambert (33:33). Outstanding running continued with Shane Donnollan (34:23) claiming 7th ahead of father & son duo, Joe Finato (34:41) and Cam Finato (34:42).

Lisa Burns (37:10) continued her excellent form to be first female home in the 8km ahead of talented veteran, Judy Zahn (37:33), Donna Rath (38:51), Nikki Giles (39:36), Alison Friswell (39:52), Nickie King (39:58), Shay Hudson (40:26) and Carmel Mahon (41:53). Some excellent performances prevailed, from Stacey Eggleston spitting out some personal best times already this year to Jan Smith’s great effort in doing more on the course than was asked of her. Two more runners deserved of a special mention are youngsters Tom Henderson in tackling the tough 8km event and Aiden Donnollan for his efforts in handling the 4km event.

Trevor Hodgson returned to the road running scene with a special win of his own – winner of the wet t-shirt competition, which in the aforesaid conditions, was very hotly contested.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who assisted including Jim Ford and Tim Magoffin (road marshalls) Stacey Eggleston, David Bellamy, Terry O’Connor, Ken Mumford, Linda McFadzen, Mellisa Gaviglio and Agnes Farmer.

Please note: Due to current and upcoming lighting restrictions, as from 1st April, the Wednesday social, no cost 5km training sessions will commence 5.30pm from the Bluewater Quay every week until further notice. As usual, a variety of interesting courses will be available, which will be advised from one of our group leaders, Jim, Shawn or David, including suitable options in lieu of the popular grass track sessions from the Mackay High School oval.

Rock n Road 5km Club Championship

11 Mar 2012

A large field of approximately seventy-five runners met at Queens Park last Sunday to race the first Club Championship race on the Mackay Road Runners 2012 program.  Life Member, Agnes Farmer sent runners off on a scratch start in the 5km Rock n Road sponsored race, which was held in overcast, humid conditions from the Queens Park Rotunda.

Liam Mumford was in sensational form to take maximum club championship points, hitting the tape in 17 min 09 sec, only seven seconds clear of Daren Galea.  David Bellamy (17:43) claimed third ahead of reigning 2011 Club Champion, Shawn Claydon (17:56).  Following them in quick succession were Mark McFadzen (18:20), Graeme Railton (18:27), Andy List (18:29), Jack Simpson (18:33) and Matt Reynier (18:18:39).  Rounding off the tenth overall placing was junior female sprint queen, Ashlee Scott, who was in sizzling form to take gold for the girls in 19 min 48 sec.  Big improver, Skye Rettke (20:43) also ran a great race to place second, one minute ahead of Kristen Legrand, Kim Craig (22:15), 2011 female club champion, Judy Zahn (22:27) and Janelle Tilse (22:51).

Congratulations to all the runners, as there were many special personal achievements including comeback kid, Mackay’s 1980’s marathon champion Fred Farmer.  Great to see several families running and enjoying themselves – Kelly & Martin Lambert, Leanne & Gabby Tickle, Anthony, Cooper and Donna Rath; John, Robyn, Cooper, Nixon & Dempsey Rodden, Aiden & Shane Donnollan; Simon & Tom Henderson; Liam & Ryan Mumford.

Many thanks to the many volunteers, including  timekeepers, registrar, course markers, cycling marshall (Tim Magoffin) and of course, to the major sponsor, Ron Steel from Rock n Road Cycles for donating $200 worth of gift vouchers as random draw prizes.

The next race on the club’s program will be the Ocean International Canter 4/8km (beach end of Bridge Road) commencing this Sunday 5pm sharp, with all runners to be signed on by 4.50pm.   For any queries, other than Calvin Deacon’s weekly reminder call prior to racing, please contact Paul/Janelle 4957 3427/0427 870 070 or check out the website calendar or Facebook.

5/10km Tilse Toddle

19 Feb 2012

In very humid conditions last Sunday, approximately seventy runners converged on Johnson Street, West Mackay at 5.30pm for the 5/10km Tilse Toddle. Calvin Deacon was in awesome form to take out the 10km event in 38 minutes 42 seconds ahead of Mark McFadzen (39:48) and Liam Mumford (40:21). Mellisa Gaviglio (47:41) lead a talented field of female runners to take out first in the 10km ahead of Lisa Burns (48:59) and Donna Rath (49:08).

An injured Shawn Claydon competed in the 5km, but was still very impressive to take the gold medal in 18 minutes 51 seconds ahead of David Bellamy (19:09) and Chris Ballard (21:27). Ever consistent, Ashlee Scott placed third overall in the 5km scorching over the course to break the tape in 20 minutes 05 seconds, followed by big improver Skye Rettke (22:17) and Nikki Giles (22:56). A big welcome to all the new runners who took on and conquered the 5/10km events in the very challenging conditions.

Thanks heaps to all water stop volunteers (kids and Mums) who were a welcome sight for the runners at the finish line and the 5km turnaround. Agnes Farmer would like to express a sincere thanks to all helpers in the post-race aftermath, very much appreciated. Also a big thanks to Agnes for timekeeping, with her assistants, Anthea Ford and Tim Magoffin.

Next Sunday’s first handicap race of the season is the Mengs 4/8km Cross Country, which will commence from the Tourist Infomation Centre, City Gates. Runners are requested to sign on by 5.20pm at the latest to allow volunteers time to organise themselves for a 5.30pm sharp start. All new and intending members need to join asap on line via the website, with existing renewing members to be financial by the 31st March. Weekly race fees for non-Members (junior & senior) will be $5, with Members’ weekly race fees only $2.

For further information on the Mackay Road Runners and it’s events, social no cost training sessions, etc… check out the website calendarFacebook or phone 4957 3427 (Paul/Janelle) or any other contacts on the site.

First Race 2012

12 Feb 2012

Club President, Tim Magoffin welcomed nearly one hundred new and existing members to the first run on the official 2012 program at 5.30pm from the Harbour boat ramp precincts. Magoffin, who was ably assisted by past President and current Club Captain, Jim Ford, in his first official duty as President, recently returned from a short stint of running in Zurich, Switzerland over the Christmas holidays in conditions that could only be described as totally opposite to Mackay’s current sweltering heat.

A superb performance in the 5km social run came from first male Daren Galea (18minutes 04 seconds) who surprisingly had the legs to hold off rising junior talent Liam Mumford by only four seconds, after an impressive win at the Balnagowan Triathlon earlier that day, also sprinting to take the win from another youngster, Jack Simpson. Third placed male, Calvin Deacon also displayed his amazing speed to run twenty-two seconds behind Mumford followed closely by David Bellamy.

Scorching over the course in her usual blistering pace, Ashlee Scott (20:04) was ninth overall and first female in a sensational run ahead of another talented junior, Gabby De Boni (22:06) with Mellisa Gaviglio closing in fast for third (22:40) merely seconds ahead of fourth placed Skye Rettke (23:00).

Congratulations to all the new runners, including, Rhondell & Rick Hospers, Kim Saron, Felicity Mulherin, Tina & Anthony Barben, Cody & Jodie Kynaston, Simon & Tom Henderson, Shane & Aiden Donnollan and Kristen Legrand for completing the course which included a lap of the breakwater, in the very humid, stifling conditions.

Many thanks to first time Registrar, Stacy Eggleston for handling the massive line of runners who were signing up to run, Agnes Farmer for her usual efficient timekeeping, Tim Magoffin for handing out finisher’s tickets to the very, sweaty, weary runners, course marker/marshall, Graham Robinson, Andy List for allowing Jim, Tim, Sandy & Janelle use of his utility tray/roof for race briefing and photography and last but certainly not least, the many helpers who put up and pulled down the clock, signs, tables, tent, etc… These volunteers as well as many others are a very special part of the club and should be congratulated and thanked for doing a great job to get the weekly runs organised behind the scenes and on the day, which also included helping out at the Sporting Expo at the MECC on the same day.

Next Sunday’s social 5/10km run commences 5.30pm from 24 Johnson Street, West Mackay with all runners and supporters very welcome to stay for post-race refreshments.

Check out the rest of the Club’s website to get all the latest info on races, training, photos, newletter, etc…and don’t forget to select the link to become a Member – Club fees due 31st March.

Season Gets Underway

10 Feb 2012

Mackay Road Runners’ official 2012 season commences this Sunday (Feb 12) at 5.30pm with a 5km social run from the Harbour boat ramp car park near the Lighthouse. Runners of all ages and abilities are most welcome, including other sporting teams/bodies who wish to make running their number one sport or include a variance to their existing training schedules to complement their chosen sport.

The Mackay Road Runners offers a variety of distances on their weekend club runs, with social no cost training groups meeting several times throughout the week to train on the track, road, hills, etc… The Coach and Manager of the under 18 Mackay Meteorettes representative basketball team can see the benefits of mixing up the girls’ training in a group environment by adding a session or two with the Mackay Road Runners in readiness for the State Classics competition in May. With approximately fifty other participants, the girls and their parents thoroughly enjoyed the track training session lead by David Bellamy, which included one hour of a series of very interesting warm up exercises, sprints and warm down stretches.

All athletes are reminded that due to the extremely humid conditions, it is essential to ensure sufficient fluids are taken before and replaced after exercise. Mackay Road Runners will also be at the Sporting Expo at the MECC this Sunday from 10am – 2pm, prior to the Club run at 5.30pm at the Harbour.

Last Pre-Season Training Run

5 Feb 2012

Approximately fifty runners met at the Memorial Pool car park last Sunday for the last off season training run prior to the commencement of the formal Mackay Road Runner’s calendar. Many thanks to Club Captain, Jim Ford for co-ordinating the off season program which has prepared many runners for the start of the 2012 official season. As usual Ford prepared an interesting format for participants to choose 10-13km options of road running around the streets of West Mackay, including the beautiful Botanic Gardens via The Catherine Freeman Walk.

The lead group of male runners included Daren Galea, Calvin Deacon, David Bellamy, Liam Mumford and Andy List just ahead of Terry O’Connor, Sandy Strong and Martin Lambert, followed closely by strong performances in the female field by Ashlee Scott, Lisa Burns, Mellisa Gaviglio, Donna Rath, Carmel Moran and Anthea Ford. Several new runners also found the course to their liking, including relatively new runner, Jo Hughes, who was most appreciative of the support speedy Ashlee Scott showed her in a particularly tough part of the race.

This Sunday’s 5km Lighthouse warm-up run commences 5.30pm from the Marina boat ramp car park – all new and existing runners are very welcome. In past years, prospective new and renewing Members have been able to join up on race day, but this year all Members can now join online, therefore, please visit the Registrationpage to register your name, payment, etc. The Club has grown significantly in the last few years, so this should alleviate any congestion, stress and cash security issues prior to racing for volunteers and runners. If anyone has any problems registering in this way, please contact any one of the Club’s willing volunteers and they will only be too happy to assist.

Mackay Road Runners advise that committee meetings are held monthly on the 2nd Monday at 5.30pm – all Members are welcome to attend, any voluntary assistance is always appreciated, no matter how big or small – it’s great to be involved with like-minded individuals towards the betterment of the club. For any further info, please check out the Club’s website calendarFacebook or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427.

Multi-Talented Junior Wins Award

29 Jan 2012

Congratulations to Liam Mumford, who has started 2012 with a very special award – the Mackay Regional Council’s Australia Day Junior Sports Awards.  Liam was nominated for the highly contested prestigious Award by Mackay Road Runners’ Publicity Officer, Janelle Tilse for his outstanding achievements in various sporting circles, including touch football, Australian Rules, BMX, Rugby League and Road and Cross Country Running. The very busy year eleven student at Mackay State High School, who has only just turned sixteen this month, is a worthy recipient of the Award due to his extreme dedication to hard work at school and his many athletic training schedules.  Liam’s proud family were on hand at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre on Australia Day to see him presented with his special Award, although his younger brother, Travis was more excited about the upcoming lamington eating competition which was held directly after the awards.

Meanwhile, Mackay Road Runners have been doing some hard core training sessions, including an 11km beach/road/hill session last Sunday from the North Wall car park at the Mackay Harbour.  The tough agenda set by Club Captain, Jim Ford had approximately forty runners braving the extreme humidity to tackle sand dunes, beach and hill road running from the Harbour to Lamberts Beach and back again. As usual, runners had the option to do shorter courses depending on their abilities and of course, how the heat affected individuals, with many runners sensibly reverting to walking some of the course in a bid to train at a safe level in the very dehydrating environment. New runners to town by only one week, Shelly and Marek Karcz from Durban South Africa were very ‘warmly’ welcomed by other keen runners.  The Karcz’s are keen runners and thankfully, are used to the current humidity that Mackay has on offer, so they will certainly be back for more.

For any further info, new and existing runners are very welcome to check out the Club’s website calendarFacebook; or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427.

Course Variation Caters for All

22 Jan 2012

Last Sunday, approximately forty runners enjoyed the challenging 8/10km hilly, social training session from Magpies Sporting Complex, which was held in very humid conditions, although thankfully, the cooling breezes eased what could have been very uncomfortable conditions for the participants. Club Captain, Jim Ford set another interesting variation to the course, thoroughly enjoyed by the attendees as there were options to do shorter distances depending on individual athletes’ abilities. Ford is to be congratulated on including a variety of options based around the same course, so that all runners’ abilities are catered for within the same training session. The course started with gentle undulations behind Magpies before heading towards Mt Pleasant and the greater heights of several streets including the infamous High Street, Pioneer Street, etc. before looping back to the start via Schapers Road, Davey Street and Glenella State School.

Current male Club Champion, Shawn Claydon easily skimmed over the 10km course, even after running 14km from East Mackay to arrive in time for the 5.30pm race start. Junior male club champion, Liam Mumford, who has an amazing likeness to champion tennis player, Bernard Tomic, also found the course to his liking, by easily accounting for the many hills throughout the tough course, as did talented female athlete Ashlee Scott, who held her own with the top male runners in the lead group of runners by scorching over the testing course in her usual speedy style.
Consistent running was also evident in many of the runners including Donna Rath, Lisa Burns, Carmel Mahon, Teresa Robinson, Emily Bartolo, Jo Hughes, Noel Barnett, Karen Baker, Tim Caddy, Peter Ford, Nicky King, Anthea Ford, Terry O’Connor and David Vincent.

New and existing runners are welcome to check out the Club’s website calendarFacebook or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427. The club regularly updates the sites so that all are fully informed on regular training sessions, upcoming calendar of events, newsletter, etc. Many thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who continue to make the Club a very enjoyable, respected and successful group to be involved in. Next Sunday’s social, no cost, training session commences 5.30pm from The North Wall car park at the Mackay Harbour (turn left off old Harbour Road after the last roundabout) – all welcome! Have a great Australia Day and congratulations to all the Australia Day Nominees and Award Recipients.

Training in Full Swing

15 Jan 2012

Mackay Road Runners Club Captain, Jim Ford lead a tough off season training run at last Sunday’s very wet and windy 10km session from the Mackay Harbour Boat Ramp to Mt Bassett.  The course started with a warm-up run of approximately 2 km to the base of Mt Bassett, whereupon approximately fifteen runners of varying abilities completed several hill repetitions before the warm-down run back to the start. Shawn Claydon had the unenviable job of being the fastest runner, which meant he held the unique grenade whistle to signal the commencement of each repetition, which was also the signal for everyone to stop once Shawn completed the first descent. Runners stopped  at varying intervals on the hill, depending on their pace and after a 30 second break, all runners had to then charge back up to the top of Mt Bassett before finishing at the base of the hill – and that’s only one rep! Junior female runner, Ashlee Scott held her own very easily with the lead pack of male runners, as she easily sprinted the tough ascents and slippery descents.

With only three more social Sunday afternoon training sessions left on the off season calendar before the formal 2012 program commences, many local runners will be well and truly ready for the first official run of 5km which starts 5.30pm at the Harbour Boat Ramp on Sunday, 12th February. For further information on all upcoming events, training sessions, newsletters, etc. all new and existing runners are very welcome to visit the club’s website calendar, check us out on Facebook or call Paul/Janelle 4957 3427.

Social Training Kick Started

8 Jan 2012

Approximately forty avid Mackay Road Runners were in full swing with their New Year’s exercise resolutions when they took on extreme humidity in the social training 6k & 11k run from the Base Hospital car park run through the streets of West Mackay. The runners had a choice of varying the distances between 6k & 11k depending on their current fitness at this time of the year. Some runners, including Shawn Claydon, Mark McFadzen, Terry O’Connor and Graeme Railton found the course easier than others due to the fact they are in the midst of their training for the Canberra & Boston Marathons coming up in April. A particular reminder to new runners upon starting an exercise regime is to ensure that they hydrate prior and rehydrate after their respective activities. This also goes for experienced runners especially over the longer distances.

Mackay Road Runners welcomes new and existing Members to attend any of their social, no cost training sessions – Wednesday 5km at 6pm; Sunday 5/10km 5.30pm and Saturday 5am up to and more than 20km from Cafe la de Da, Wood Street. Check out the Club’s website calendar for locations for the Wednesday and Sunday runs.

The formal season will commence mid-February, with fees of $50 Adults, $20 Juniors and $100 family due 31st March, so watch this space or check out the website, Facebook or phone Paul/Janelle on 4957 3427. The Mackay Road Runners will also be in attendance at the MECC’s Sports Expo on Sunday 12th February, all are invited to come along and check out what the Club has to offer.

New Year’s Day Run

1 Jan 2012

Perfect running conditions on New Year’s Day saw approximately fifteen Mackay Road Runners bravely take to the streets from The Bluewater Quay at 5.30pm after a night of New Year’s Eve celebrations. Club Captain for Mackay Road Runners Club, Jim Ford set a great course to suit the varying abilities of all runners in attendance. The scenic 10km course took in views of the Pioneer River via Forgan Bridge and the riverside road from Cremorne to Sams Road before linking up to do a circuit of the Gooseponds. Runners had the option to forge ahead for the shorter course option or double back from whence they came to complete the 10.2km course.

In addition to these Sunday off-season casual training sessions, a social group leave every Saturday morning from Cafe La de Da (Wood St) completing varying distances up to and over 20km, as well as a 5km at 6pm every Wednesday at alternating locations.

The official 2012 Calendar will be issued in the coming weeks via the Club’s website and also in hard copy once received from the Printer. Several feature events to mark on your calendar will be the BMA Mackay Marina Run 21.1k/8k/5k, The Eungella King of the Mountain 6.4k, The Magic Mile 1.6k, Run the Whitsunday Great Walk 28k as well as the weekly races over varying distances and surfaces.

Mackay Road Runners would like to encourage as many individuals, their families and friends to embrace the very friendly, safe, and inclusive environment that the Club offers, thus encouraging a healthy and happy lifestyle.

The formal road running season commences end of February – check out the Club’s website calendar, Facebook or phone Paul/Janelle 4957 3427 for details on the 2012 Calendar, various training sessions and upcoming events. The committee meets on the 2nd Monday of each month – all Members can attend and any offers of assistance towards the betterment of the club would be appreciated.

Next Sunday’s 5.30pm no cost, casual training group will meet at the Base Hospital Car park, Bridge Road for a 5/10km run – ALL WELCOME 🙂