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Run Reports 2013

Tourist Info Centre 10km

Dec 29 2013

Approximately thirty Mackay Road Runners met at the Tourist Information Centre last Sunday in very oppressively humid conditions to tackle the University/Botanic Gardens 10km.  Sweltering temperatures certainly slowed the participants to a sensible pace as they cruised from the City Gates towards the Central Queensland University Grounds before backtracking for an additional 5km loop of the Botanic Gardens. Top end runners, Shawn Claydon, Liam Mumford and Ashlee Scott led the social group through the meandering pathways and roads to the finish line whereupon all runners were then treated to some welcome post-race refreshing fruit.

With the Christmas pudding only just settled, runners are now looking forward to the first New Year social 5km run from the Bluewater Quay on Wednesday, 1st January 2014. New and existing runners of all ages and abilities, who either have or have not over indulged the night before, are most welcome to initiate their first fitness activity towards their New Year’s resolutions.

This Sunday’s social off season 10km event will commence 5.30pm from the southern end of Diesel Drive, Paget with varying distance options. Course Director Jim Ford will issue course instructions on the day, whereby runners will be treated to his usual unique style…..just to make life interesting!

For further information on Mackay Road Runners and their full list of events for 2014, check the calendar; ph the Secretary 0403 344 289; Publicity Officer, Janelle 0400 99 7432

Bucasia Social

Dec 22 2013

Approximately thirty Mackay Road Runners enjoyed the last social run before Christmas from Hibiscus Shopping Centre, Bucasia, with a little help from Santa and his helpers. Race Day co-ordinator, Shawn Claydon directed runners through the quiet streets of Bucasia before heading onto the foreshore of the beach towards Shoal Point.  Runners then met at the Shoal Point Park for a quick regroup before making the decision to return to the start via the same route instead of the usual undulating Shoal Point Road. The warm conditions prevailed throughout the entire course, however, the cooling sea breezes made for excellent running. Participants happily welcomed the  post-race recovery treats of fruit and Christmas cake. Many thanks to Noel Barnett for taking on responsibility of Keyholder, his concern and weekly commitment is very much appreciated!  Thanks also to Carmel Mahon for leading a couple of disorientated runners up the garden path, there was never any doubt it was the correct way!

Runners are advised that due to Christmas Day being on next Wednesday, the usual crew will not be leading the Bluewater Quay social 6pm 5km run, however, those who feel the need to work off the day’s calories/sluggishness can conduct their own run course from the same location if desired, just be careful that your pudding has settled by the time you run.

Next Sunday’s 29th December social off season run commences from the Botanic Gardens at the Tourist Info Centre, Nebo Road….all welcome, whether a new runner, Roadrunners member or not, all invited.

For further information, check the calendar; facebook, phone the Secretary 0403 344 289; Janelle 0400 99 7432

Surf Club 10km

Dec 15 2013

At this month’s BMA Mackay Marina Run 2014 planning meeting, committee representative, Barry Comben, was on hand to present Mackay Surf Club’s Mick Wilson a cheque for $1,000 for their awesome support of the 2013 event, which was held in June. The Mackay Surf Club and their members have generously supplied volunteers and supported the event since its inception several years ago and 2013 was no exception. The local branch of the Mackay Leukaemia Foundation and Mackay Road Runners as well as the community at large are very grateful for their continued support.

Meanwhile, last Sunday’s off season, social 10km run commenced from the Mackay Surf Club car park precincts, whereupon approximately thirty runners were treated to a run on varying terrains and undulations. Runners experienced the highs and lows of Mt Bassett before retracing their steps past the start line to tackle the rocky, sandy uneven surface of East Point Road to the mouth of the river. Runners were then tested some more, as they completed the return trip via the tough sandy 3.5km stretch of Harbour Beach to the Breakwater wall before crossing the finish line. We can all thank Shawn Claydon for the testing course which runners enjoyed once they had completed the arduous event and could rehydrate on the post run fruits.

Excellent running at the front of the pack came from Ashlee Scott, Liam Mumford, Greg Webb and Shawn Claydon, as well as several other runners doing well in the testing conditions, including Tim Caddy, John Atkinson, Ulrika Widdowson, Sandra Henderson, Karen Low, Noel Barnett, Andrew Short, Jenna Bugeja, Shane Barben, Glenn Baker and Simon Henderson.

Mackay Road Runners Club extend their best wishes to everyone for a safe, happy and awesome Christmas/New Year and look foward to welcoming one and all to join us in 2014. All members and non members, new and old are always very welcome to attend any of the Club’s events.

Check out the Club’s calendar; facebook, phone the Secretary 0403 344 289 or phone Janelle 0400 99 7432

Townbeach 10km

Dec 8 2013

Sensational results from local junior runner, Liam Mumford at the Australian All Schools Championships in Townsville over the weekend. Liam proved his class by placing fourth in the 3000 metre event behind Tasmanian, Kale Adams, fellow Queenslander, Louis McAfee and New South Welshman, Charlie Hunter. Liam was very happy with his performance, although running nine minutes and seven seconds was not a personal best time, he was still well pleased with his race and ecstatic to place 4th in Australia in the tough, windy conditions at the Townsville Sports Reserve Track. Liam, who has just finished year 12 at Mackay High, is looking forward to several sporting options interstate and overseas in 2014.

Meanwhile, in local running, approximately thirty Mackay Road Runners met at the Memorial Pool car park to tackle the Town Beach staggered start 10km event. As well as some good running by Sandra Henderson, Alex Anderson, Trudy Barben, Anna Ryan, Emma Goodman-Jones and Ray Barrett, there were a few other incidents to add to the festivities…..ie Noel Barnett, who was keen to bolt to the finish line to leave for an early night, unfortunately had to be called back to deliver the Publicity Officer’s keys that were tucked safely away in his ute, and runners be warned that new bright shoes can be dangerous when running whilst talking and turning around at the same time, especially around traffic islands! Thankfully, there were runners, excluding those who looked after their own keys, who were very supportive to the plight of the unfortunate ones. Many thanks to Glenn Baker for recalling Noel Barnett to the scene.

Many thanks to Shawn Claydon who was standing in for Jim Ford, in delivering the course description to the runners. Once the event was completed in the blustery, humid, but great running conditions, runners were treated to refreshing fruit to rehydrate themselves.

This Sunday’s social 10km commences 5.30pm from the Mackay Surf Club car park precincts. All new and existing runners are most welcome, with varying course options for varying abilities. For further information, check out the calendar or ph Janelle 0400 99 7432

Blacks Beach Dolphin Heads (12km Hill & Sand run)

Dec 1 2013

Mackay Road Runners’ Vice President, Jim Ford held yet another uniquely devised social concept for nearly forty runners who were grouped into four teams to run for approximately one hour, averaging out to about 12km each. The off season social run commenced 5.30pm from the Blacks Beach Tavern car park precincts, whereupon runners literally headed for the hills, which included the very undulating streets of Slater Avenue, Camilleri Street, Admiral and Ian Wood Drives before a two to three kilometre stint on the very windy shores of Blacks Beach.  The humid, blustery conditions prevailed, but thankfully the rain held off through the entire event.

Runners were treated to cooling post-race refreshments and as a winner could not be decided due runners being too worn out to do the complicated mathematical equations involved, the prizes of chocolate and jelly lollies were duly shared by everyone, although the quality team consisting of only four runners, Ulrika Widdowson, Simon Henderson, Shawn Claydon and David Vincent were highly regarded as being the winners, due to their team having an Accountant to calculate the averages correctly.

This Sunday’s social 9km run commences 5.30pm from the Memorial Pool car park (opp Canelands) and as usual caters for varying distances for varying abilities. All new and existing runners are most welcome to attend. For further information, check out the calendar or ph Janelle 4957 3427 or 0400 99 7432.

Iluka Park Sandfly Creek Loop 10km

Nov 24 2013

Over thirty runners braved the very humid, hot conditions last Sunday to challenge themselves in the Iluka Park ‘Catch & Count’ run, devised by the Club’s Vice President, Jim Ford. Ford’s unique concept was for participants to run from Iluka Park towards Evan Street, loop back along Hoey, Shakespeare, Goldsmith, East Gordon and Chain Streets to Sandfly Creek Path, then wherever each runner was at the twenty-seven minute mark, they had to run back the same way to the start line. Runners scored points for every runner they passed on the return half of the course, ie the runner with the most points was the deserved winner.

After a week of tapering at Airlie Beach, Liam Mumford was the major winner, with female speedster, Ashlee Scott sprinting the field to come runner up. All runners did extremely well in the very oppressive conditions, which even at 5.30pm were suffocatingly tough to endure.

Anthea Ford unfortunately, or fortunately some would say, had to miss all the fun due to a broken leg done whilst playing touch football in Townsville a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully, she will be fully recovered before Santa arrives in a few weeks.

This Sunday’s social 10km run commencing 5.30pm from Blacks Beach Tavern promises to be very interesting, with a variety of surfaces and undulations to add to the challenge. As usual, the run is of a social nature, with varying options for varying abilities – all welcome.

Saturday morning social long training runs continue throughout the offseason from the City Cinema car park at 5am – all welcome post run to stay for refreshments at Unwined Cafe, Wood St (next to Coffee Club).

For any further information, check out Mackay Road Runners calendar; facebook or phone Janelle 0400 99 7432.

Lamberts Beach 9km Social

Nov 3 2013

Last Sunday approximately thirty runners enjoyed Mackay Road Runners Vice President Jim Ford’s sensational 3km loop course through the Lamberts Beach Sand Dunes. Runners were given the option of doing one, two or three loops, however, with failing light in the final loop, the current Male Club Champion, Shawn Claydon volunteered to do a solo run to collect the race markers, whilst several runners warmed down with a 2km beach run which included a very steep sand dune, compliments once again of the coursemarker, Jim Ford.

A big welcome back to several runners who have been away for several weeks overseas and interstate, and also to the new runners who will no doubt return for Jim’s next exciting run, the 10km “Mt Pleasant Pick your Time” commencing Sunday 5.30pm from the Bluewater Lagoon. (variables are available for shorter course options).

Many thanks to race day volunteers, Jim Ford (coursemarker); Andy List who was testing a new timing device and to photographer, Steve Sanders.

Meanwhile, three local runners successfully competed in the very tough Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef Running Festival at the weekend. Moranbah runner, Gary Jenkinson ran 4hr 20min for the 42.2km marathon, which he described as being a very tough 42.2 km based on his many other marathon experiences. Mark McFadzen and David Perkins bravely took on the 74km race at the same event, where they challenged themselves over the extremely trecherous course by clocking excellent times of 8hrs 44min and 9hrs 33 min consecutively. Even though Mark & David found the conditions extremely testing in the humid and slippery terrain, both were ecstatic with their performances and were looking forward to a well earned massage post race.

Mackay Road Runners also conducted their Annual General Meeting last weekend, where committee members were duly elected to positions for the very busy 2014 season. Committee Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, with all members very welcome to attend.

Congratulations to Mackay State High School Year 12 student, seventeen year old, Liam Mumford who placed 3rd in the 1500m and 3000m Secondary School State Athletic Titles in Brisbane recently. In addition to his excellent performance, other local junior runners who unfortunately did not place on the podium, but registered personal best times were Jade Bidgood, Gabby DeBoni, Jamie Sanders, Chelsey Thompson and Nixon Rodden.

2013 Awards Night

Oct 19 2013

Last Saturday’s annual Awards evening was a resounding success with approximately one hundred runners and their families and friends enjoying the prestigious occasion, hosted by Mackay Road Runners at the Clarion Hotel, Mackay Marina.

Special guests included Club Patron, Col Meng and his wife Rhonda, Louise Shailer on behalf of Veronica Pettifer for the Laura Pettifer Inspirational Award and the Leukaemia Foundation’s Barry & Chris Comben. Apologies were received by four time Olympian, Mackay’s own, Benita Willis  and Life Members, Agnes Farmer and Merv & Wendy Shields.

Club President, Tim Magoffin was a wonderful Master of Ceremonies, keeping proceedings lively and interesting throughout the many awards presented to very deserved winners.

Among the many award recipients, the Benita Willis 10km framed perpetual trophy of her signed 2012 Olympic shirt and signed photos was a major highlight of the evening, as junior winners from 2012 Nixon Rodden and 2013 Steve Vincent excitedly accepted the coveted award. As Benita was unable to be present, she sent a lovely note of congratulations to the winners, thanking Mackay for their support, confirming her eagerness to be present next year and looking forward to having a run with the Club. Mackay Road Runners committee and members were thrilled with her thoughtfulness and consideration at this time.

Club Patron Col Meng presented his Col Meng Family Club Person of the Year award to the very worthy Andy List for his outstanding services to the club throughout the year.

Junior runners, Nixon Rodden and Hayden Connor were on hand to accept the Laura Pettifer Inspirational award for the junior Eungella King of the Mountain for winners, Gabby Deboni and Jamie Sanders. Mother of the late Laura Pettifer, Veronica, was unable to attend due to the devastating bushfires in New South Wales, but was admirably represented by  her niece, Louise Shailer.

The major awardees for the Male and Female Club Champions and Handicap Champions were presented with beautiful gifts of jewellery, crystal and wall clocks. In a very successful year of racing, Shawn Claydon was named overall Club Champion ahead of junior Liam Mumford, with third place going to Mark McFadzen. It was a very hotly contested female Club Championship race, with Judy Zahn being crowned Female Club Champion just one  point ahead of Carmel Mahon and Nikki Giles.

Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of a $6500 cheque from donations the BMA Mackay Marina Run received for the Leukaemia Foundation. Representatives of the local branch of the Leukaemia Foundation, Barry & Christine Comben gratefully accepted the funds, which will go towards assisting local patients and their families.

Congratulations to club stalwart, Jan Smith, who was celebrating a special birthday and was duly presented with a yummy mud cake of her own, possibly to share with her husband Gary.

The Handicap Points Champion was the grand finale of the evening, with club’s results co-ordinator/handicapper Andy List counting down the top 20 handicap points finishers – 3rd Simon Henderson last year’s winner, 2nd Carmel Mahon and first place going to Vicki Vickers in her first year running with the club – an awesome effort.

Congratulations to all winners on the evening as well as every runner who competed throughout the year.


Monthly Medal winners:- Mel Rich (March); Carmel Mahon (April); Vicki Vickers (May); Vicki Vickers (June); Karen Baker (July) Simon Henderson (August).

Club Championship – Age Categories:- 
Female U18 – Gabrielle Deboni (1st); Nixon Rodden (2nd); Chelsey Thompson (3rd)
Male U18 – Jamie Sanders (1st); Hayden Connor (2nd); Jade Bidgood (3rd)
Female 18-29 – Karlee Hayden (1st); Anna Ryan (2nd); Ashlee Scott (3rd)
Male 18-29 – Scott McIntosh (1st); Steven Vincent (2nd); Jack Simpson (3rd)
Female 30-39 – Carmel Mahon (1st); Nikki Giles (2nd); Karla Hook (3rd)
Male 30-39 – Greame Harris (1st); Darren Binstead (2nd); Damien Savige (3rd)
Female 40-49 – Karen Baker (1st); Lisa Burns (2nd); Karen Low (3rd)
Male 40-49 – Shawn Claydon (1st); Mark McFadzen (2nd); Andy List (3rd)
Female 50-59 – Janelle Tilse (1st); Jo Hughes (2nd); Teresa Robinson (3rd)
Male 50-59 – Derek Woods (1st); Andrew Short (2nd); Simon Henderson (3rd)
Female over 60 – Judy Zahn (1st)
Male over 60 – Merv Shields (1st); Stuart Sprott (2nd); David Isbister (3rd)

Club Championship – Female overall:- Judy Zahn (1st); Carmel Mahon (2nd); Nikki Giles (3rd)

Club Championship – Male overall:- Shawn Claydon (1st); Liam Mumford (2nd); Mark McFadzen (3rd)

Most Improved:- Simon Henderson

Encouragement:- Ulrika Widdowson

Col & Rhonda Meng Family Clubperson of the Year:- Andy List

Andergrove Handicap 10k:-  Paula Easton

Benita Willis 10k:- Steven Vincent

Laura Pettifer Inspirational Junior Eungella King of the Mountain:- Female – Gabrielle DeBoni  &  Male – Jamie Sanders

Eungella King of the Mountain (Senior race):- Female Judy Zahn & Male – Shawn Claydon

Gooseponds 7.5km Social

Oct 13 2013

Mackay Road Runners celebrated its last run on the official 2013 program – a social 7.5km, three loop course around the Gooseponds, finishing with a sausage sizzle and sweets, which included Ricky Parker’s home-made  yummy caramel tarts – thankyou Ricky.  Approximately sixty runners, families and their friends were treated to Karlee Hayden’s awesome BBQ cooking skills and were very appreciative to Sandy Strong and Andrew Short for the ice/drinks post-race – very much appreciated in the warm, windy conditions.

Members are now looking forward to the club’s annual Awards Night this Saturday night at the Clarion Hotel from 6.30pm. Those who have not booked need to prepay and RSVP to co-ordinator Paula ASAP missp23@live.com.au.

Meanwhile, many local runners competed in the Medibank Melbourne Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, where many personal best times were recorded, including Shawn Claydon (2hrs 40 min 07 sec – 42.2km), Andy List (2 hrs 57min – 42.2km) Jo Hughes (Half Marathon) and Ulrika Widdowson (Half Marathon). Outstanding performances also came from Selina Wright, Steve Boxall, Matt Stevens, Martin Lambert, Peter Van Uuvren, Tim Magoffin and Amanda Boxall.

In other sensational news over the weekend, local triathletes, Matt Perkins and Tom Valena competed in the incredibly tough Hawaii Kona Ironman event, where they both completed the gruelling event in 11 hours 15 mins and 11 hours 11 minutes consecutively, congratulations to them both for their outstanding success.

Mackay Road Runners will continue to run casual, social, group running sessions in the offseason, catering for all abilities……check the website calendar for venues.

Paget Social 5km Time Trial

Oct 6 2013

An excellent flat 2.5km loop circuit, set by course marker, Graham Robinson, was an awesome course for anyone looking for a fast, personal best 5km time. In very warm, humid conditions, over forty competitors enjoyed the second last event on the Mackay Road Runners 2013 formal program.
Liam Mumford was once again outstanding in blitzing the field after a very successful Townsville Athletics North Qld carnival the previous weekend, as was second placed Jamie Sanders, who also performed sensationally in Townsville. Andy List claimed third in his last major hit out before  next weekend’s Melbourne Marathon, with Darren Binstead bolting home for fourth.

Local champion triathlete, Nikki Giles was the first female ahead of Janelle Tilse, with Nixon Rodden, who was taking a steady approach to racing, claiming third, ahead of Julie Williams.

Great running by the Barben & Rodden families, who all excelled in the very warm conditions. It was also pleasing to see a welcome return to racing from Anna Ryan, Emma Goodman-Jones, Kim Saron and Stacey Eggleston.

Best wishes to a bevy of local runners travelling to compete in the Melbourne Marathon and Half Marathon this Sunday.

Many thanks to race day volunteers – Agnes Farmer, Andrew Short, Paul Tilse, Martin Lambert, Andy List and Stacey Eggleston.

This Sunday’s final event, commencing at 4pm, before the informal social off season program begins, will be a social 7.5km (3 loop) course from the Gooseponds car park, Willis Street, North Mackay, followed by a free sausage sizzle…..all runners and their families are most welcome……bring the aeroguard!

The prestigious Awards evening will be held at the Clarion Hotel, Mackay Marina on Saturday 19th Oct @ 6.30pm….tickets $55 to be prepaid with RSVP to Paula……missp23@live.com.au

Queens Park 3km Club Championship

29 Sep 2013

Mackay Road Runners hosted the final Handicap points and Club Championship race of the season last Sunday morning. Approximately thirty runners contested the 3km event, which was held in very warm conditions from Queens Park.

Well short of his personal best, Shawn Claydon was a clear winner in 10 min 07 seconds, followed by fellow outstanding athletes, Andy List, Mark McFadzen, Shane Donnallan, Matt Shields, Ross Connor and Greame Harris.  Nick Albrecht and Scott McIntosh ran an extremely well-paced race throughout the event, which led to an exciting sprint finish where Nick broke the tape first just ahead of Scott. Great running by other top male competitors, Martin Lambert, Ricky Parker, Steven Vincent, David Blackley and Suranjan Seneviratne including injured athletes, Andrew Short, Simon Henderson and Merv Shields.

In the Open Female 3km event, the lead trio of Judy Zahn, Carmel Mahon and Karla Hook bolted from the gun to lead the field from the Goldsmith Street start line down the long Shakespeare Street straight toward the beach.  Carmel broke away from legendary veteran runner Judy Zahn and training partner, Karla to take the lead as they turned for home down East Gordon Street, crossing the line first ahead of second placed Judy followed by Karla taking the final podium position.  Fifth placed Karen Low backed up well after her first attempt at Airlie Beach’s “Run the Whitsunday Great Walk 28km” the previous weekend to have a toing and froing race with Janelle Tilse, with Janelle eventually having to dig deep to sprint Karen to take fourth place in the home straight. Jo Hughes easily completed the 3km as did Ulrika Widdowson, Cilla Martland and Stacey Eggleston.

Excellent running by thirteen year old Hayden Connor to score maximum club championship points in the junior male 3km and finishing way ahead of many more experienced rivals.

Many thanks to race day volunteers, Agnes Farmer, Tim Magoffin, Linda McFadzen, Andy List, Martin Lambert, Graham Robinson, Dale Baker and Stacey Eggleston.

This Sunday’s social 5km time trial commences 5pm – start area to be announced……check email/facebook/website for confirmation.

The prestigious annual Presentation/Awards evening will be held Saturday 19th October at the beautiful Clarion Hotel, Mackay Marina. RSVP and payment needs to be advised asap – contact Paula on missp23@live.com.au to secure your seat.

With the 2013 formal running calendar coming to a close, please note Mackay Roadrunners run all year round, so check out the calendar for midweek and weekend off season, social training sessions.

The 2014 draft calendar meeting will be held Saturday 26th October at 7.30am at Unwined Cafe, Wood St – all input welcomed. The Annual General Meeting will be held 10.30am Saturday 2nd November at the Haynes Mechanical Boardroom, 39-41 Southgate Drive, Paget (refreshments supplied) – all new and existing members are invited, any assistance you can give your club is welcomed and much appreciated.

Run the Whitsunday Great Walk

22 Sep 2013

Mackay Road Runners hosted the running of the seventh annual Run the Whitsunday Great Walk 28km last Sunday in the beautiful tropical surroundings of Airlie Beach and Conway National Park. One hundred and thirty competitors were couriered to the start of the 28km Whitsunday Great Walk trail at Brandy Creek, where they were treated to an entertaining course briefing by the race originator, Will Higham.  Major supporters of the event, Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service, did a great job in preparing and maintaining the track so runners could enjoy tough, but perfect trail racing conditions.  Many thanks to the Whitsunday SES for their enormous assistance throughout the entire event, all runners were most appreciative of their awesome hydration stations and presence throughout the race.

Townsville’s Simon O’Regan was a standout winner in two hours 14 minutes 56 seconds, almost nine minutes clear of second placed Stephen Courtney (2:23:50) and talented veteran athlete Frederick Fiedler (2:31:17). The first Mackay runner to cross the line, in seventh place was Darren Binstead (2:44:09) followed by local marathon runners, David Perkins (9th – 2:46:17); Andy List (12th – 2:49:07); Greame Harris (17th – 2:58:18); and Evan Corry (19th – 2:59:42). The local contingent was strong with excellent running by Gary Jenkinson (3:02:40); Andrew Short (3:03:06) who had to struggle with an ankle injury after the first water crossing in the very early stages of the race; David Hartigan (3:18:35); Martin Lambert (3:21:01); Greg Lennox (3:21:42); Marek Karcz (3:24:14); Will Higham (3:31:05); Jim Ford (3:40:43);  Ross Vickers (3:43:32);  Tim Caddy (3:45:12); Shane Barben (3:46:14); Simon Henderson (4:19:10); and Phillip Burnham (5:22:31).

A special congratulations to Matt Perkins who rode from Mackay to Airlie Beach the previous day, then performed extremely well to clock 3:38:31 in the 28km event. Matt has qualified for the famous Kona Hawaii Triathlon Ironman event in October. Matt stated that he was feeling a bit flat in the run, but said that when he races in Kona in less than three weeks, he will need to be well versed in racing tired, as the Kona event is well known for being one of the toughest endurance events.

The undulating, varying terrain was anything but easy, with seriously steep ascents and descents that were treacherous underfoot with surfaces including several kilometres of  loose rocks, dry loose powdery shaly dirt, exposed roots, slippery rocks, leaves, etc….everything that you would expect of a rainforest trail run and more. For runner’s to remain on their feet, they had to be focussed for the entire course, as they negotiated tricky twists and turns, especially testing on tired legs towards the later part of the race.

In the female event, Townsville’s Erin Pearce  was first across the line and an amazing eighth overall in a sensational time of 2 hrs 44min 26sec, followed by Sara Winter (3:00:59); Erin Stafford (3:03:06); Mel Ruff (3:09:55); and Ella Haig (3:10:49). Sixth placed Janelle Tilse was the first local home (3:12:20) and also taking out first in her age category. Other local female runners to do well included Lisa Fraser (3:21:14); Bridget Bell (3:24:29);  Vicki Vickers (3:28:26); Michelle Bofinger (3:51:57); Karen Low (4:01:09); Whitney Waples (4:03:09); Debbie Joynson (4:03:09); Robyn Richards (4:13:08); Natasja Steenkamp (4:48:56) and Rachel Burnham (4:48:53).

Congratulations to first time competitors who were blown away by the tough intensity of the event and to the many runners who backed up to test themselves again, noteably Will Higham, Paul & Janelle Tilse who have competed in every race since its inception in 2006.

Many thanks to the Sponsors – Heli biz Helicopter Sales & Service, ABC Tropical North, Qld Parks and Wildlife Service, Whitsunday Regional Council, Colonial Palms Motor Inn, Prose PR Public Relations Consultancy Service, organising committee and their families – Greg Coulson, Alison Friswell, Karen Baker, Andy List, Nicki King, Tim & James Magoffin, Mandy List, Clara Friswell, Donna, Anthony, Maddy & Cooper Rath, Ulrika Widdowson, Chris Labes, Murray Friswell, Teresa & Graham Robinson, Glenn Baker, Photographer John Higham and so many more volunteers.

Benita Willis Handicap 10km Championship Trophy Race

15 Sep 2013

The prestigious second annual Benita Willis 10km Handicap Trophy race was held from the precincts of the beautiful Bluewater Lagoon last Sunday morning.  The perfectly warm spring weather saw approximately thirty five runners enjoy the warm conditions and scenic course along the Bluewater Trail. Mackay’s own four time Olympian, road, cross country and track racing champion,  Benita Willis, is proud to support the event and has graciously donated some personally signed Olympic uniform apparel, photos and autographs cards for the winner of this year’s event.  Before heading off to Alaska for a cross-country event, the very humble athlete stated this week how proud she was to be associated with the event. Benita indicated she may return to Australia in the very near future to launch her own running coaching business, which she currently does in Boulder, Colorado.  With the Club’s annual presentation night only weeks away, the committee and its members are very excited at the prospect of benefiting from the local legend’s coaching expertise and possible attendance.

Steven Vincent was a thoroughly deserved winner of this year’s Benita Willis 10km Trophy, as he dragged himself out of bed with a bout of flu to race for the coveted title. Steve was up against other talented athletes, including Shawn Claydon, Liam Mumford, Greame Harris, Andy List, Judy Zahn, Tim Caddy, Vicki Vickers, Carmel Mahon, Karla Hook and Andrew Short, winning the handicap race by just over one minute from Lindsay Wiggins, with Simon Henderson only three seconds in deficit for third. Fourth placed, Paul Tilse lead the handicap race until the 8km mark, jovially heckling the younger winner as he (Steven Vincent) easily passed his older rival. Steven proudly held the perpetual trophy for a few minutes only for it to be taken away for engraving to be formally presented at the Annual Presentation night. Robyn Madill, Mother of the 2012 race winner, Nixon Rodden, excelled in the 10km event in the absence of her daughter. Thirteen year old Hayden Connor was a clear winner in the male 5km event, with Gaye Streidl ecstatic with winning the 5km female race.

Members, family, friends, sponsors and supporters are very welcome to attend the 2013 Annual Awards night to be held 6.30pm on 19th October at the beautiful Mackay Marina’s Clarion Hotel.  To reserve your seat, tickets of $55 per person are to be prepaid via the Club’s bank account with RSVP by contacting Paula on missp23@live.com.au

Meanwhile, this weekend’s Club event is the extremely arduous ‘Run the Whitsunday Great Walk 28km’ at Airlie Beach with entries closing midnight Sunday 15 September, however, late entries will be considered at the discretion of the race director – an additional $5 per person administration fee will apply. Email your request for late entry to whitsundayrun@gmail.com  Please contact the officials if you are able to assist with volunteering on the day, as helpers will be rewarded with a race hoodie and food/drink vouchers.

For further information on any of the Club’s events, check out the calendar, phone the Secretary Martin/Karla 0403 344 289 or Publicity Officer, Janelle  0400 99 7432.

Bonsons Scrub/Ian Reddacliffe Drive, The Leap 6 & 12km

8 Sep 2013

Last Sunday afternoon, approximately thirty-five runners bravely endured the testing hills of Ian Reddcliffe Drive via Bonson’s Scrub Road, The Leap. The annual 6km and 12km road run was a great lead up to the 28km Run the Whitsunday Great Walk in two weeks at Airlie Beach, where Mackay Road Runners will once again host the awesome trail run through Conway National Park.
The 6km loop course led runners from the junction of Bonson’s Scrub Road and the Bruce Highway, before winding up the steep ascents of Ian Reddacliffe Drive and return. For runners looking for more pain and character building exercises, there was the option of completing a second loop totalling 12km for the Sunday afternoon outing.

Seventeen year old Liam Mumford easily accounted for the 6km undulating hills, finishing first ahead of rising talented junior, thirteen year old Jamie Sanders. Marathon man, Martin Lambert, placed third, splitting the youngsters, with Hayden Connor sprinting home for fourth ahead of Tim Magoffin and Tom Henderson. Novice runner, Tash Bovenkamp was ecstatic to complete the tough 6km course, finishing first for the girls ahead of Karen Lowe and Alice Taylor.

In the male 12km event, elite runner, Shawn Claydon was a clear winner ahead of equally talented Andy List, Derek Woods and Darren Binstead with Greame Harris snatching fifth from Andrew Short.
Janelle Tilse claimed victory in the female 12km marginally ahead of fast finishing Karen Baker, Karla Hook and Carmel Mahon.

Awesome running from runners experiencing these hills for the first time included Sharon Martin, Simon Henderson, Vicki Vickers, Karen Low, Steve Vincent, Sandra Henderson and Dave Vincent. Excellent running was also seen from experienced runners, Jim Ford,  David Isbister and Stuart Sprott. A special mention to Kylie Binstead completing her first hilly outing since the birth of her beautiful girl, Charlee.

Many thanks to visiting international physiotherapist Hayley Young, who was on hand to offer vital advice to runners with varying running injuries and ailments. Active Physiotherapy Mackay have acquired her valuable services for six weeks and with only three weeks left in Australia, runners were rapt to have had the opportunity to take advantage of her knowledge and experience. Hayley, who is an athlete herself, was very in tune with understanding runners’ obsessions and their continuance to run whilst not fully recovered from injury or sickness. In fact, several runners were very guilty of that on the day!!!

Thanks heaps to timekeeper, Trevor Hodgson and Glenn Baker, race day volunteers, Tim Magoffin, Andy List, Karen Baker and Martin Lambert and Steve Sanders for once again supplying runners with yummy home grown mandarins, picked by Jamie, without the green ants:)

This Sunday morning, Mackay Road Runners will host the second annual Benita Willis Handicap 5/10km race from the Bluewater Lagoon at 6.30am. The beautiful perpetual trophy, featuring three photos of the four time local Olympian, will be won by the first 10km road runners’ member to cross the line, based on their handicap.

For further information on the Mackay Road Runners, check out the calendar or ph The Secretary 0403 344 289 or Janelle 0400 99 7432.

Repco Father’s Day Fun Run

1 Sep 2013

Approximately thirty-five keen Mackay Road Runners enjoyed the awesome weather conditions last Sunday morning for the running of the inaugural Repco Father’s Day Fun Run. Megan Sellars from Repco was a standout champion sponsoring the event and generously suppling excellent random draw prizes for the participants and volunteers.

Ross and Hayden Connor were the first father/child to cross the line and were rewarded with a huge bucket of Repco’s car cleaning products to spend the whole day getting their vehicles in tip top condition and of course, hours of father/son bonding!!!!! Shawn Claydon was first to cross the line in the social 5km event, which took runners through a well-marked, loop course, set by Tim Caddy, through the beautiful meandering trails of the Botanic Gardens.

Congratulations to Darren Binstead, who was enjoying his first Father’s Day with wife, Kylie and baby girl, Charlee.  Brendan Bishop was among other Dad’s having a great day out running in the park, as he pushed his young daughter, Millie in the running pram.

Other runners enjoying the event included Stuart Sprott, Cilla Martland, Shane Barben, Carmel Mahon, Greame Harris, Simon and Sanda Henderson, Jo Hughes, Sandy Marchetti, Marie Muscat, Erin Safe,  Jade & Rachel Bidgood, Damien Savige, David Blackley and Davin Castle.

Many thanks to race day volunteers, Jeanette Farrugia, Karen Baker, Tim Caddy, Martin Lambert, Andy List, Andrew Short, Tim Magoffin, Melissa Harris and Jess Harris.

Next Sunday afternoon’s handicap run will be held at 4.30pm from Bonson’s Scrub Rd, The Leap, however, runners and volunteers are requested to meet at the Coningsby State School  by 4pm at the latest, so that car-pooling can be organised due to the lack of parking at the race start.

The Annual Presentation evening will be held Saturday, 19th October at the Clarion Hotel, Mackay Marina, therefore, those attending will need to RVSP to Paul Easton and prepay to the Mackay Road Runners account asap to secure your seat, as only 100 places are available – for further information please email Paula – missp23@live.com.au or contact the Secretary 0403  344 289.

Seabreeze Open & Podiatry Mackay Magic Mile

25 Aug 2013

The Seabreeze Resort Motel Open & Podiatry Mackay Junior Magic Mile Club Championship (1609 metres) held from Pacific Esplanade, Lamberts Beach was a huge success with approximately sixty runners competing for club championship points, cash prizes, vouchers and heaps of random draw prizes donated by long time generous sponsors and supporters of the Mackay Road Runners Club.

Last Sunday, perfect running conditions confronted runners as they were briefed on the sprint distance course by President Tim Maggofin, prior to the commencement of racing at 4pm.
Seventeen year old Liam Mumford returned from injury to take out the prestigious Seabreeze Resort Open section ahead of  an amazing sprint finish by Daren Galea, snatching second from Jamie Stead, closely followed by Shawn Claydon.

In the female Seabreeze Open, classy junior runner, Gabby DeBoni took line honours as well as being 10th overall, ahead of Nikki Giles, Carmel Mahon, Karla Hook and Judy Zahn.

An amazingly tight finish in the under thirteen Podiatry Mackay junior male section, Tom Henderson broke the tape first, less than once second ahead of a magnificent lunge for the line by Hayden Connor, with Dempsey Rodden claiming the final podium position.

Another hard fought win in the Podiatry Mackay under thirteen female section saw Charlotte Fordyce take gold, one second ahead of Zoe Bidgood, with relative new runner, Ella Donnollan claiming the bronze.

In the Podiatry Mackay under eighteen male category, Jade Bidgood retained his lead, even after taking time to tie his shoe laces mid race to take maximum club championship points ahead of a Aidan Donnollan and Cooper Rodden.

Nixon Rodden ran an awesome race, placing 2nd female overall and first in the Podiatry Mackay under eighteen event ahead of Georgia Swinbourne and Rylea Giles.

The Magic Mile Milo award (1.25kg tin of Milo) was won by Sandra Henderson, who ran her first ever 11km run that morning at the CQ Rescue/Variety Club charity race from Town Beach to the Botanic Gardens, having previously only run up to 6km, then backed up in the afternoon to race the sprint distance 1.6km. Sandra has only just started running this year and is totally enjoying the new found fitness and sense of achievement that it has given her.

The post-race presentation which included a multitude of awesome random draw prizes, was held in the beautiful outdoor area of the Sabreeze Resort Motel. Many thanks, once again to the sponsors and the many volunteers who assisted, including Dale’s photographing of the run, Leanne Connor, Linda, Mark & Bree McFadzen, Chris Banney, Tim Magoffin, Paul Tilse, Tim Magoffin, Karen Baker, Glen Baker, Robyn Madill, Andy List and Martin Lambert.

This Sunday’s Repco Father’s Day 5km Fun Run commences 7.30am from the Botanic Gardens, Hume Street playground/car park end.  Repco (Megan Sellars) has donated some excellent random draw prizes, many thanks for their wonderful support – let’s make sure we support them!!!  All members $2 and non-members $5 are very welcome to attend.

Eimeo Pacific Hotel 6km & 14km

18 Aug 2013

Over forty local road running enthusiasts united in a mark of respect for Life Member and talented marathon runner of the 80’s, Fred Farmer, who passed away just two weeks ago.  Many thanks to his widow, Agnes, who brought a replica of Fred, which was held high in his honour prior to the commencement of racing.

Timekeeper, Agnes, Melissa Harris and Jan Smith were in superb control of proceedings, sending runners off on their individual handicaps in the 14km,  and  6km scratch start.  The very undulating course commenced at 4pm from the Eimeo Pacific Hotel car park precincts last Sunday, where Jamie Sanders (22 min 27 sec) claimed victory in the male 6km event, but not before, 2nd placed, Jade Bidgood (22:50), unselfishly called Jamie back when Jamie inadvertently missed turning at the 3km turnaround point.  Both juniors have been racing well, with Sanders securing the gold medal in recent races. Ross Connor was once again outstanding to take third ahead of Ricky Parker, Lindsey Wiggins, Hayden Connor, Bob Martin and David Vincent.

Junior runners, Charlotte Fordyce and Zoe Bidgood were elated united winners in the female 5km, crossing the line together in 32 minutes 48 seconds ahead of Alice Taylor, Rachel Bidgood and Cilla Martland.

Racing conditions were warm and very testing in the hilly 14km event, where runners took in the steep ascents of Dolphin Heads from the Eimeo Hotel, before proceeding onto the infamous Camilleri Road towards Eimeo School via the undulating suburbs off the main roads.

Non Members Lekalla Knight, Martelle Coetzer-Botha and Nicolette Horak were set off on scratch and were the first runners home ahead of backmarker, Shawn Claydon. Talented interstate athlete, Karen Sawyer bolted from her twenty minute handicap to blitz the field, coming in next ahead of Matt Shields, Shane Donnollan and Simon Henderson. Outstanding performances also came from Tim Caddy, Carmel Mahon, Greame Harris, Vicki Vickers, Damien Savige, Derek Woods, Ulrika Widdowson, Glenn Baker, Jim Ford and Andrew Short.

Many Thanks to race sponsor, The Eimeo Pacific Hotel who donated yummy coffee/scones vouchers for random draw prizes post-race.

This Sunday’s racing will be the prestigious Annual Seabreeze Resort Hotel Open/Podiatry Mackay junior Magic Mile (1.6km), incorporating the second last Club Championship race for 2013, commencing from the Seabreeze Tavern, Lamberts Beach at 4pm – members and non-members most welcome.  This will be followed by presentations and heaps of random draw prizes.  For those who feel the need to run more than 1.6km, there will be a social sand dune warm down run.

Smiling For Smiddy

17 Aug 2013

Mackay Road Runners Treasurer, Shawn Claydon, presented a donation to the “Smiling for Smiddy” campaign, where this year, over one hundred cyclists will ride 1600km from Brisbane to Home Hill in honour of the talented young Triathlete, who passed away from an aggressive melanoma cancer in 2006 at the tender age of just 26 years.  Champion Triathlete and former Queensland University coach of Adam Smiddy, Mark “Sharky” Smoothy, focussed on Adam’s unlived dream to one day do a 1600km credit card bike ride to his parents’ house at Home Hill.  From the 2006 humble beginnings of three riders, including Mackay’s former champion Ironman Triathlete, Ron Steel (pictured), Mark has indeed activated Adam’s dream in completing the 1600km ride and raising much needed funds towards cancer as a wonderful legacy for the special youngster.  To date, the ride and many other “Smiddy” events have raised well over $3 million and they are hoping to raise another $1 million this year.  The ‘Smiling for Smiddy’ ride has astounded Mark’s expectations of the generosity and friendships that have been borne throughout the last seven years, with over 100 hundred cyclists joining this year’s event. Riders will leave Brisbane on 7th September and arrive at Adam’s parents’ in Home Hill on 14th September.  To find out more information on this incredible journey of Adam’s legacy and to donate, visit the Smiling for Smiddy website today.

Smiling for Smiddy video

2014 Mackay Marina Run

17 Aug 2013

The 2013 Mackay Marina Run was run and won only two months ago, however, the hardworking committee gathered early last week to get the wheels in motion for the 2014 event on 1st June. The committee’s goals of raising much needed funds for Leukaemia, promoting a fit and healthy lifestyle and promoting the beautiful Mackay region has been rewarded with a highly successful 2013 outcome, with approximately $50,000 raised for Leukaemia and a record number of over 2600 runners and walkers.

Mackay Road Runners and the local branch of the Leukaemia Foundation, sponsors, volunteers and thousands of supporters are committed to the event, which has grown massively over the last seven years to its current amazing status and look forward to the continued support from local, regional, interstate and international support.

Mackay Road Runners, Sandy Strong, has been an integral part of the event since inception and is well supported by his committee and the many extended volunteers that are required to host such an event.

Junior 4.5k & Senior 9k Cape Hillsborough Club Championship

11 Aug 2013

Perfectly beautiful sunny and cool conditions greeted approximately eighty runners and their families  at Cape Hillsborough last Sunday morning. After one minute silence for Mackay Road Runners Life Member, Fred Farmer, who passed away last week, over sixty runners bolted from the Cape Hillsborough National Park precincts onto the spectacular beach to race the annual junior 4.5km and 9km senior Club Championship. After approximately 800 metres of sand, runners made their way into the Hidden Valley trail behind the Cape Hillsborough Resort to tackle some serious unsealed undulations and winding rainforest trails.

Junior runner, Jamie Sanders ran an exceptional 4.5km race sitting in just behind 9km runner, Shawn Claydon off the beach, then continuing his sizzling form to take maximum points in the junior club championship event ahead of senior runners, Scott McIntosh and Lindsey Wiggins. Hayden Connor, placed fourth overall in the male 4.5km, but scored second in the junior club championship, ahead of Cooper Rodden and Dempsey Rodden. Junior female running sensation, Gabby Deboni sizzled over the 4.5km course to take gold ahead of fast finishing Nixon Rodden.

In the senior 9km two loop course, Shawn Claydon continued his winning ways by blitzing the field to score vital club championship points, taking gold ahead of Mackay’s ultra-marathon runner, Mark McFadzen, big improver Shane Donnallan and Andy List. With several runners backing up from riding their bikes out to Cape Hillsborough on the morning of the race, their performances were nothing short of amazing.

Legendary, veteran runner and recent Eungella Queen of the Mountain, Judy Zahn gained a hard fought win by only seven seconds over marathon runner and huge improver, Carmel Mahon. Triathlete, Nikki Giles backed up well after a duathlon the previous day and an early morning ride to the race to score third over Janelle Tilse and Karen Baker.

There were some outstanding performances on the day, including Ross Connor doing his first 9km run, placing 8th overall; Kylie Binstead’s first race after the birth of her baby girl, Charlee; Nicki King’s first race without the double pram (thanks Matt!). Great to see families running together and enjoying the day including the Donnollan’s, Coulsen’s,  Rodden’s, Vincent’s and Rath’s.

Many thanks to expert timekeepers, Stuart Sprott, Melissa Harris & Graeme Railton; BBQ extraordinaire, Gordon Zahn; Registrar Karen Baker; Coursemarker & trailerkeeper, Tim Magoffin; Photographer, Dale McIntosh; as well as race day volunteers, Andrew Short, Darren Binstead, Martin Lambert, Mark & Linda McFadzen, Derek Woods and Andy List.

This Sunday’s Eimeo Pacific Hotel 5k & 16km commences 4pm from the Hotel’s car park precincts.  Runners are advised to study the 16km technical course thoroughly to ensure they are aware of the many twists and turns through the residential suburbs of Dolphin Heads and Eimeo.  Runners and their supporters are welcome to stay post-race for refreshments to be purchase at the Hotel.

For further information on this and any aspect of the club peruse the website; ph the secretary 0403 344 289 or Janelle 0400 99 7432/4957 3427.

Eungella King & Queen of the Mountain

28 July 2013

Character building was the order of the day for the running of the 30th Senior & Junior 2013 Eungella King & Queen of the Mountain last Sunday morning. With conditions worsening as the race progressed, approximately fifty runners were tackling one of the toughest races on the Mackay Road Runners calendar. Wet and windy conditions prevailed for the entire race as runners were set off by Melissa Harris and Club Captain, Jim Ford. Timekeepers, Melissa Harris, Alastair Piper, Stuart Sprott, Jo Hughes, Jess Harris and Sammy Woods together with waterstop attendants, Wendy Shields and Gordon Zahn were awesome in their resilience in the wet, cold and blustery surroundings, where they were buffeted by the elements for well over ninety minutes for the good of all runners and walkers.

Male winner, Shawn Claydon was unbeaten from the gun, claiming his eighth crown since 2002 in a sensational time of 31 minutes 43 seconds, approximately four minutes off Charlie Martel’s 1991 race record of 27 min 51. Claydon revelled in the cool conditions, crossing the line three minutes ahead of fast finishing Shane Donnollan, Andy List and David Bellamy.

In the female event, the amazing sixty-two year old Judy Zahn ran a well paced race to break the tape first, making it an incredible tenth Eungella Queen of the Mountain Title. Although not a personal best time, the gracious winner, was ecstatic with her run, especially in the testing conditions. Eungella local and esteemed former running, cycling and stairclimbing champion athlete, Margaret Barrett (43:21) ran a very controlled race, claiming silver ahead of talented junior runner, Nixon Rodden (44:26) with Janelle Tilse (44:52) snatching fourth from marathon runner, Karen Baker. Nixon held excellent form in the early stages of the race, only to feel the sting in her legs in the latter stages of the Mountain, an awesome achievement by the youngster.

In the junior 3.2k event, Jamie Sanders (21:05) held off the 2012 winner, Jade Bidgood (21:33) as he powered from the start line half way up the steep ascent of the Mountain to the finish line, with Hayden Connor (25:34)third ahead of nine year old Jackson Harris (26:07).

Gabrielle DeBoni (24:20) was outstanding and in perfect race form to take gold in the junior female King of the Mountain, with little dynamo, Zoe Bidgood taking second ahead of Rylea Giles and Georgia Swinbourne.

As winners of the Junior King of the Mountain, both Gabrielle and Jamie collected cash prizes from sponsor Podiatry Mackay, a $100 Sportspower voucher and perpetual trophy donated by the Laura Pettifer Family for inspirational performances.

Congratulations to all first time competitors – an excellent achievement in normal conditions, let alone what the Gods handed out today.

Many thanks to very valued race sponsors:- M-Test (Merv & Wendy Shields); Podiatry Mackay (Donald Orr); Laura Pettifer Family; Mackay Tyrepower (Roy Roser); Eungella Community Development Committee (awesome hospitality, breakfasts, home made goods, markets, etc); heaps of Mackay Road Runners volunteers and Tri/Cycle Clubs for their united efforts in making the annual event a huge success.

NEWSFLASH………..novice ultra marathon runner, Mark McFadzen ran 76.8 kms from Mackay to the top of Eungella in 8 hours 28 minutes!!!! By starting his run in the very early hours of the morning, his intention was to reach the start of the King of the Mountain race by the start time of 8am and run with the event, however, this was not to be today. McFadzen had wonderful support on the road with cyclist, Andrew Felton, who backed him up the entire route. McFadzen’s wife Linda, was a very relieved person when Mark completed his goal, which has only been known to be done by one or two other runners, notably Wayne Raines 7hrs 24 minutes in 1991.

“The Grove” Handicap Trophy 10k

21 July 2013

Congratulations to the “The Grove” Handicap Trophy 10km Champion for 2013, Paula Easton! Paula ran very well to score a convincing win ahead of over forty competitors to take out the coveted trophy which bears the names of some illustrious Mackay Road Running Members over the last twenty years. The handicap start race last Sunday, commenced at 4pm from the precincts of “The Grove” Tavern, Andergrove, where runners of all abilities, male & female are capable of taking home the top prize in the 10k event. Paula held perfect form to break the tape first ahead of fast finishing John Atkinson and Simon Henderson.

Whilst Zoe Bidgood was running extremely well winning the 5km female race, ahead of Cilla Martland and Charlotte Fordyce, Zoe’s Mum, Rachel was taking on a personal milestone by racing her first ever 10km. Rachel achieved her goal with an ecstatic grin and wave to the cheering crowd as she crossed the line.

Ross Connor blitzed the male 5km field, taking an early lead on his younger rivals, taking gold ahead of Tom Henderson and Hayden Connor. In addition to both Ross and Hayden’s athletic prowess, they also were lucky to both score random draw vouchers donated by sponsor “The Grove”!

Former local dentist, Bob Martin made a welcome return to local racing, as he prepares for the very tough Hawaiian Kona Ironman Triathlon this October. Bob, who now lives in Forbes (NSW) travelled north to Mackay to catch up with friends and also do some humidity training in his former stomping ground.

Over fifty Mackay Road Runners also competed very well in the inaugural Whitsunday Running Festival at Airlie Beach last Sunday morning, with most backing up to compete locally in the afternoon. Shawn Claydon took out 2nd place in the 10km event, mere seconds behind the international race winner. Mark McFadzen ran well to place just outside the podium, finishing 4th in the Half Marathon event.

Many thanks to “The Grove” (Jennifer – Functions Co-ordinator and John – Manager) for their generous sponsorship and use of their beautiful renovated lounge area for approx fifty competitors and their families at the post-race Presentation. Thanks also to course marker, Derek Woods; timekeepers, Andy List, Scott McIntosh and Stuart Sprott; photographer, Paul Tilse; registrar and trailer keepers Glenn & Karen Baker; and Club Captain Jim Ford.

This Sunday morning will be the combined cycle/running of the historic and well respected Mackay Tyrepower and M Test Eungella senior King and Queen of the Mountain (6.4km) and the Podiatry Mackay/Laura Pettifer Inspirational Junior King and Queen of the Mountain (3.2km). Racing will commence 8am at Netherdale, therefore competitors are requested to register by 7.45am at the latest, with racing to commence 8am sharp, as the Police will be closing the road for one hour only. Race nominations for the cycle/running event will be $10, with cash prizes for the first four male and female runners/cyclists and heaps of random draw prizes for all competitors and volunteers. Post-race presentations will be held at the Eungella Community Hall in the sporting grounds to the right of the finish line. Over the last three years, the Eungella and Community Development Committee sell awesome breakfasts after the race, so this year will be no different, certainly proving to be one of the major highlights of the event. In addition to this, they also set up very special country market stalls, selling homemade goods, including jewellery, scarves, clothes, books, jams, chutneys, etc…..YUM!!!!. Those who have experienced the hospitality of the Committee are in awe of the wonderful efforts provided to the Mackay Road Runners/Mackay Cycling/Triathlon Clubs, it is so appreciated.

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

Slade Point 5 & 16km Club Championship Race

14 July 2013

Congratulations to all competitors in the 5 & 16km Slade Point Club Championship race held last Sunday morning in very cool and wet conditions.  Although, the most amazing performances of all were the volunteer course marker, timekeepers and water stop attendants, Graham Robinson, Stuart Sprott, Melissa Harris, Jackson Harris and Jessica Harris who braved unsavoury conditions from the race start until the last runner was in.  Many thanks for their support from all the runners…..much appreciated!

In the 5km event, Jamie Sanders ran an outstanding race, flying over the undulating long stretch of Slade Point Road to the turnaround marker before doubling back to the finish line, blitzing the field ahead of big improver, Ross Connor. Junior female running sensation, Gabrielle DeBoni was awesome in taking gold and second overall in the 5km race.  Nixon Rodden was also another standout performer sprinting home for the silver placing. Relatively new runner, Julie Whibley, ran a great 5k, so much so,  that she easily completed another 5km loop to satisfy her early morning running outing. Excellent running also came from Rylea Giles, Georgia Swinbourne, Hayden Connor, Cooper Rodden, Robyn Madill, Dempsey Rodden, Sandra Henderson, Suranjan Seneviratne and John Rodden.

The cool, breezy conditions prevailed in the 16km race, especially in the loop out to Lamberts Beach’s Seabreeze Tavern.   Gold Coast marathon runner, Mark McFadzen took overall maximum club championship points, ahead of fellow marathon runners Andy List and Shane Donnollan. All three competed at a high level on the Gold Coast last weekend with List clocking 3hrs 00min 14 sec @ 4min 15sec pace and Donnollan 3:13:31 @ 4min 35sec pace – very impressive running!

Local Triathlete, Nikki Giles hit the tape first for the girls in the 16km ahead of speedy veteran, Judy Zahn and up and coming new runner, Vicki Vickers (3rd). The girls excelled over the tough course leaving Janelle Tilse (4th), Carmel Mahon (5th) and Lisa Burns (6th) to dig deep for a very close sprint to the finish line. Their united efforts were a testimony to the excellent camaraderie seen at all levels in the club.

Daren Galea, Karen Low, Karlee Hayden, Andrew Short, Trevor Hodgson, Merv Shields, Scott McIntosh, Ulrika Widdowson, Tanya Davenport and Jo Hughes revelled in the cool conditions, whilst it was great to see Michelle Bofinger & Teresa Robinson make a welcome return to racing to feature highly in the placings.

Next Sunday at 4pm, the Club will conduct the prestigious 10km Handicap Trophy race, commencing from the precincts of race sponsor Andergrove “The Grove” Tavern, Andergrove Road.  There will be a 5km race incorporated with the 10k, commencing 10 minutes after the first 10km scratch starter.  Running members in the 10km event must in all cases (no exceptions!), start on their official handicap as allocated by the Handicapper, otherwise their race position could impede other runners in their bid to cross the tape first. The first handicapped club member in the 10k, male or female will win the 20 year old event and the coveted trophy. The Grove has generously donated vouchers for the mini presentation post-race in their newly improved lounge area, therefore, all runners and supporters are most welcome to stay for refreshments and random draws.

The Club is  seeking volunteers to assist in this Saturday’s Wine and Food Festival. The club volunteers for the Mackay Regional Council in clean-up duties in exchange for a donation to the Club.  The Club is hoping to purchase some updated timing equipment, which will benefit every runner in the club.  Therefore, all assistance in gaining additional funds would be much appreciated. Please contact Kelly – kel_eastham@hotmail.com to advise your preferred timeslot (am or pm)….many thanks:)

For further info on the club, upcoming races, etc…check out the calendarFacebook or ph the Secretary 0403 344 289 or Janelle 0400 99 7432.

Mackay Road Runners K Mart Loop social 5km & 13km

30 June 2013

The Mackay Road Runners Magpies Meander 5 & 10k run held from Magpies Sporting Club car park was held over a very technical course last Sunday afternoon, which included several hills.  The testing undulations started from the outset, with runners initially tackling a steady climb up a grassy slope towards the Bruce Highway, before descending toward the meandering hills throughout the Glenella suburb behind Magpies Sporting Club.

Over sixty-five runners across both events enjoyed the perfect running conditions, completing the 5km loop course in excellent times.  Timekeepers, Jan Smith, Carmel Mahon and Andy List started the 10km runners on their handicap, whilst the 5km competitors started on 10 minutes.

Junior talented runners, Campbell Behan and Gabrielle Deboni were outstanding in winning the male and female 5k race, bolting from the gun to take an early lead.  Ross Connor continued his excellent form to place second ahead of Brendan Behan.   Another talented junior athlete, Nixon Rodden thrived on the testing course to take silver ahead of Jo Hughes.  Many runners were thrilled to conquer the tough 5km race, including  Aidan Donnollan,  Kim Saron, Jim Kirchner, Hayden Connor, Bernadette Forsyth, Tom Henderson and Kierra Vincent.

The handicap start 10km race was won by Alex Anderson, who was in top form to easily hit the tape first ahead of Paula Easton, Steve Vincent, Anthea Ford, John Atkinson and Donna Rath.  Excellent performances also came from junior runner, Samat Widdup and Bree Hutchinson who both recently stepped up to the longer distance, as well as seasoned runners, David Forsyth, Stuart Sprott, Greg Coulson, Karen Low, Cathy Jones-Trifelly, David Vincent, Erin Safe, Darren Binstead,  Jim Ford, Shawn Claydon, Martin Lambert, Andy List, Derek Woods, Tim Caddy, Steve Vincent, Liam Mumford and Ulrika Widdowson.

Gold Coast marathon competitors eased off the throttle this week in the lead up to their various events at this weekend’s Gold Coast Running Festival.  Best wishes to over forty Mackay Road Runners who will be competing and commiserations to the injured runners unable to attain their goals at this year’s event. Mark McFadzen will also be attempting what is believed to be a first at the Gold Coast Marathon Festival, by running in all 4 events, ie 5k, 10k, 21.1k and 42.2k, clocking up a total of 78.3kms over the two day running event – and knowing Mark he will succeed!

Congratulations to Darren & Kylie Binstead on the birth of their beautiful baby girl, Charlee, who was very well behaved at her first Road Runners event.

Many thanks to course markers, timekeepers and volunteers for ensuring today’s race was a success.
Meanwhile, whilst runners are at the Gold Coast, this Sunday’s local run will be a social 5 & 10km held from the residential street behind Mt Pleasant Tavern, commencing at 4pm. For further information, check out the calendarFacebook or ph 0400 99 7432 (Janelle)

Mackay Road Runners K Mart Loop social 5km & 13km

23 June 2013

Last Sunday morning’s Mackay Road Runners K Mart Loop social 5km & 13km run from The Gordon White Library was attended by nearly 40 runners across both events.  Ross Connor continued to perform well by taking out the 5km event, which included the testing hills of Bona Vista Drive, Annie Wood Avenue, Pollock and High streets.  Just home on university holidays, Anthea Ford was in top form to take out the female 5km, where several new runners attended, including Jasmin Priestly and Jill Van Der Westhuren.

In the longer distance event, new runner Tony Saunders excelled over the 13k, thoroughly enjoying the camaraderie of other competitors, Greg Thompson, Andrew Short, Scott McIntosh, Greg Coulson, Mark McFadzen, Tim Caddy, Merv Shields, Jim Ford and Kristian Safe.

Junior runner, Cooper Rath performed extremely well, tackling his first 13km event, alongside his supportive marathon runner, Mum, Donna Rath.  Jenna Bugeja was also successful in achieving an awesome time, when she easily accounted for the tough 13km loop course from Mt Pleasant, which included crossings of the Forgan and Ron Camm Bridges. Catherine Jones-Trifelly, Karen Baker, John Atkinson, Shawn Claydon and Paul Tilse also completed the 13km course in perfect running conditions.

This Sunday’s 5km & 9km Magpies Meander club run commences 4pm sharp from Magpies Sporting Club car park. New runners and members very welcome to attend and are requested to register and be numbered by 3.50pm at the latest. For further information on any of the club’s events, check out the calendarFacebook or the Secretary 0403 344 289.

Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon

22 June 2013

Approximately 20,000 runners took to the Seattle streets in the biggest running event since the Boston Marathon tragedy in April. Among them were two Mackay runners, Chris Ward and Tim Magoffin, who soaked up the atmosphere of the awesome event. As one of the race organisers of Mackay’s Marina Half Marathon which was held early this month, Tim Magoffin will be bringing home a few tips for next year’s Mackay Marina Run, including the idea of a free beer tag on entrants’ race bibs, which was supplied from one of the race’s major sponsors, Michelob.  Although, he may modify it to a free coffee tag from one of Mackay’s sponsors.  Magoffin thoroughly enjoyed the experience “great scenic course, heaps of music, loads of support on the course, plenty of entertainment including bands, cheer girls, etc…”.

Chris and Tim treated the race pace as a long training run, doing an easy run (for them!) in 4hrs 15 min and consequently got over the line in good shape and recovering well.  Tim also advised that the Seattle organisers
threw in a hill 500 metres from the finish.  In light of this, Mackay Marina Run organisers briefly considered including Mount Bassett in the Half Marathon event for 2014, however, the committee has agreed this would not be favourable.  Tim also mentioned how amazed he was with their consecutive race bib numbers, 8135 & 8136  ie  Chris nominated for the race from Canada and Tim from Australia at random times!

McFadzen’s Gold Coast Challenge

The following article was written by Dwayne Grant and published in the Gold Coast Bulletin on June 20 2013.

Shields Stampede 5km  & 12km

16 June 2013

The annual Shields Stampede 5km & 12km race from Mackay Road Runners Life Members’ Mount Pleasant residence, Merv & Wendy Shields, was a huge success with over sixty runners hitting the streets, which included the seriously steep inclines of Norris Road, James Croker and Annie Wood Avenues. The cool conditions were perfect for running, as timekeepers, Karen Baker & Greg Coulsen sent the runners on their way.

Over thirty runners bolted from the gun in the 5km event, which saw talented junior runner, Jamie Sanders retain his early lead to cross the tape first ahead of other talented youngsters, Jade Bidgood and Campbell Behan. Nixon Rodden showed a clean pair of heels to take gold in the female 5km event ahead of champion triathlete, Nikki Giles and rising junior talent, who only just turned twelve a month ago, Zoe Bidgood. Other runners who performed extremely well in the 5km were Ross Connor, Tom Henderson, Hayden Connor, Dempsey Rodden, Bernie Forsyth, Jo Hughes, Elspeth Ledwy, Kim Saron, Sandy Marchetti, Rylea Giles, Bree McFadzen, Robyn Madill, Rachel Bidgood, David Forsyth, John Rodden, Steve Vincent and Bree Hutchinson.

The handicap start 12k race was a hard fought affair, with comeback kid, David Vincent running an awesome time to conquer the course first, with Karen Lowe, Paula Easton, Dave Isbister, Lindsey Wiggins, Tim Caddy, Scott Thoms, Vicki Vickers and Mark McFadzen crossing the line in quick succession in his wake. An outstanding performance came from Samat Widdup, completing his first 12km with more experienced runners who also excelled, including Liam Mumford, Martin Lambert, Shane Donnollan, Greg Thompson, Lisa Burns, Carmel Mahon, Karla Hook, Andrew Short, Trevor Hodgson, Paul Arvidson and Jan Smith.

Congratulations to Shawn Claydon, who competed in the inaugural 14km Brisbane Times City2South run last weekend, where he scored a sensational 32nd overall place among approx 7000 runners. His time of 51.30 was only six minutes clear of the winning time. Claydon, who was sitting 26th overall at the 10km mark rated the run as a ‘tough little course with lots of gradual rises that took it’s toll in the final stages’.

Best wishes and safe travels to Mackay Road Runners Members – Gary Jenkinson will be competing in the San Francisco marathon tonight (US time) and Tim Magoffin, who has also left the mainland to travel to the US to link up with ex local runner, Chris Ward to run the Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon on 22nd June.

Next Sunday’s 5/14km social club race commences 8am from the Gordon White Library carpark, Mount Pleasant. Social no cost training runs are held every Wednesday (5km – 6pm @ Bluewater Quay), Saturday morning long runs (Unwined Cafe Wood Street from 5am). For further info on any aspect of the Mackay Road Runners, check out the calendarFacebook or phone the Secretary on 0403 344 289.

Mt Bassett 5k & 11k

26 May 2013

Last Sunday’s cool windy weather for the 5km & 11km Mt Bassett run was a perfect final hit out for most runners before this weekend’s BMA Mackay Marina Run.

The Mt Bassett 5k was a tightly contested affair, with Jamie Sanders holding onto first position right to the finish line, ahead of mutually talented runners, Graeme Railton, Jade Bidgood, Ross Connor and Hayden Connor. Nixon Rodden lead a quality field of female runners to grab gold ahead of rising junior talent, Zoe Bidgood.

The 11km handicap start race saw scratch markers bolt from the gun in a bid to get a head start on the rest of the field. An awesome effort by Arthur Dick to complete the course which included two ascents of Mt Bassett and the long stretch of Harbour Road towards the Big Banana and back again. The blustery conditions did not affect the pace of back markers, Liam Mumford, Shawn Claydon and Karel Viigipuu, all setting a hard and fast pace from the outset, with Karel the eventual victor. All three runners, including reigning BMA Marina Half Marathon champion, Shawn Claydon, are looking for a podium finish in this weekend’s Mackay Road Runners Signature Event and Club Championship BMA Mackay Marina Half Marathon.

In the female 11km, Nikki Giles, Judy Zahn, Karen Baker, Karen Low, Vicki Vickers, Donna Rath, Majella Sammut, Chris Banney, Marie Muscat, Jo Hughes and Paula Easton ran excellent races based on their handicap. Nickie King did exceptionally well based on her handicap of a double pram with toddler and baby aboard!

Many thanks to special race day volunteers including Tim Magoffin (water stop), Tim Caddy (coursemarker), Lisa Burns, Stuart Sprott and Andy List (timekeepers), Karen Baker (registrar); Linda McFadzen, Kylie Binstead and Stacey Eggleston.

This weekend, Mackay Road Runners and the local branch of the Leukaemia Foundation are hosting the region’s largest running event, the BMA Mackay Marina Run. Race kits can only be collected this Saturday between 12-5pm upstairs at the Mackay Surf Club. No registrations or race kits can be accepted or handed out on race day due to time restraints. Race Directors, Sandy Strong, Tim Magoffin and Barry Comben have been an integral part of the event and need to be congratulated:)

Club Championship 5k & 30k Fun Run

19 May 2013

Perfect running conditions saw champion runner, Shawn Claydon blaze over the 30k Club Championship course, which commenced at 6am from the precincts of Northview Park, Glenella. The course, which meandered through the scenic back roads and rolling hills of Richmond & Glenella towards the Bruce Highway, looped back to the finish line via Farleigh, Habana, Nindarooo and Richmond. Shawn, who was well clear of his closest rivals, clocked one hour fifty minutes, which was a personal best by four minutes from the inaugural 2012 run. Middlemount runner, Luke Dimech split the local runners to claim second ahead of adventure racer, Mark McFadzen and Andy List. Shane Donnollan ran a sensational 30k to place 5th ahead of Darren Binstead and Niahl Ivory. Excellent running by Moranbah’s Gary Jenkinson, Jack Simpson, Greame Harris, Andrew Short, Brendan Bishop, Kristian Safe and Will Higham. Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon competitors, Sandy Strong and Martin Lambert cruised the course whilst discussing their Hamilton Island recovery techniques!

Outstanding running by Carmel Mahon saw her claim gold and a personal best time (2hrs 29 mins) ahead of training partner Karla Hook, with Lisa Burns claiming the final podium placing. Great running by Karen Baker, Lisa Fraser, Vicki Vickers and Jeanette Farrugia in completing the very technical course.

Junior running talent, Gabby De Boni was in top form to take out the 5k run which included some testing ascents from the outset. This should put her and second placed Chelsey Thompson in good stead for their secondary school cross country champions in a couple of weeks. Millie Brammer, whose running has seen huge improvements in recent months, claimed the bronze medal placing. Ross Connor ran a solid race to clinch a win in the male 5k ahead of Tim Caddy and Scott McIntosh. Thirteen year old Hayden Connor ran a great race and was well supported from the sidelines by Mum, Leanne Connor.

Many thanks to race day volunteers Tim Magoffin, Stuart Sprott, Melissa Harris, Kylie Binstead, Michelle Thompson, Julie DeBoni, Linda McFadzen, Andy List, waterstop Kelly, coursemarkers, etc… it was so very appreciated!

With less than two weeks until the Mackay Regional Council Community Event of the Year and Mackay Road Runners Signature Event, the BMA Mackay Marina Run, runners need to ensure they nominate on line asap, with race kit collection for all runners on Saturday 1st June from 12pm to 5pm. Please check the website for details on this run and any other Mackay Road Runners event. Many thanks to all the volunteers for giving up their time to assist over the past twelve months and in the week leading up to the event, including race kit packing and distribution, organising race day setup, etc. The committee have worked so very hard and appreciate all volunteers’ assistance.

Pre Mother’s Day 6 & 12km

11 May 2013

Saturday morning’s Unwined Pre Mothers’ Day Mackay Road Runners 6 & 12km race was enjoyed by approximately 80 competitors. The conditions were perfectly cool after the previous night’s rain, which led to some very speedy times from runners over both distances.

Many thanks to Unwined Cafe, Stamford Financial and Leanne Vincent for donating yummy goods towards the many random draw prizes on offer at the post-race breakfast. Although most of the prizes from the sponsors and Mackay Road Runners were female orientated, due to the Mother’s Day theme, the male winners were well pleased to win the prizes so that would not need to go shopping!

Many thanks to Andy List, Melissa Harris and Stuart Sprott who did a great job as timekeepers in the very cool, windy finishing area. Premium racing was evident as highest 12km handicapped runner, Shawn Claydon clocked the fastest time, with Judy Zahn being the quickest for the girls. Awesome running came from Zoe Bidgood, with sibling Jade Bidgood racing a sensational 6k. Excellent performances also came from Tim Caddy, Matt Stevens, Lisa Burns, Tim Magoffin, Steven Vincent, Shane Donnollan, Greame Harris, Linda McFadzen, Shane Barben, Karen Low, Pam Howland, Ulrika Widdowson, Karla Hook, Jeanette Farrugia, Stacey Eggleston, Jan Smith, Bernadette Forsyth, Trevor Hodgson, Aidan Donnollan and Majella Sammut.

Many runners backed up well from the Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon the previous weekend, as well as the Moranbah Labour Day Fun Run. Many local runners recorded amazing personal best times at both events, including big improvers, Carmel Mahon and Karla Hook at the Moranbah event, where they placed 2nd and 3rd consecutively in the prestigious open 10km race.

Meanwhile locally, roadrunner athletes Mark McFadzen and Jack Simpson were among seventy athletes who competed in the Zach Mach 100k Adventure Race from Teemburra Dam to the Bluewater Lagoon, Canelands in memory of the extraordinary, Zac Roberts.

This Sunday’s club event will be a 5k and Club Championship 30k run from Northview Park, Royal Boulevarde Drive, Glenella, commencing at 6am.

The BMA Mackay Marina Run is only a few weeks away, with organisers expecting record numbers at the largest regional running festival. The 2013 Mackay Regional Council Community Event of the Year Race Director, Mackay Road Runners’ Sandy Strong, the local Branch of the Leukaemia Foundation and their various committees have been extremely busy over the past 12 months organising the much looked forward to event. Many individuals, local businesses, sporting, community and charity organisations will benefit from the hard work that many volunteers spend on making it the best locally run event.

Farmers Gallop 6 & 17km

28 Apr 2013

Anzac Day was a significant day for Mackay Road Runners, whereupon several runners included Jubilee Park Dawn Parade in their early morning run, as well as a prequel to the Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon ie one/two ascents of Ian Reddacliffe Dr, The Leap in the afternoon.

Last Sunday at 6.30am, over seventy runners revelled in the perfectly warm conditions for the prestigious annual 6km and 17km Farmers Gallop. Mackay Road Runners’ Life Members, Agnes & Fred Farmer have been generously hosting the event for over 25 years, where runners and their supporters are always treated to sumptuous post-race treats.

Ashlee Scott blazed over the 6km course to take gold for the girls ahead of Nixon Rodden and Alice Taylor. In the male 6km event, Jade Bidgood came from behind to secure a win over equally talented junior, Campbell Behan, with Ross Connor claiming a sensational third ahead of Scott McIntosh and Mark Pashalis.

The 17km handicap start event was easily taken out by Dean Malone ahead of Lindsey Wiggins, David Cameron, Robin Richards, Andrew Felton and Erin Safe. The fastest time on the day was run and won by top class performer, Shawn Claydon, with second fastest Liam Mumford bravely racing 17km against the senior more experienced runner in a still very respectable time for the junior athlete.

Many goals were achieved by runners completing their first 17km, as well as those claiming personal best times, including, Ulricka Widdowson, Surangan Seneviratne, Carmel Mahon, Karla Hook, Vicki Vickers and Chris Banney. Outstanding performances also came from Jeanette Farrugia, Karen Low, Lisa Burns, Jo Hughes, ‘insane’ Shane Barben, Emma Goodman-Jones, John Atkinson, Stuart Sprott, Kristian Safe, Andrew Short, Majella Sammut, Greg Coulsen, Shane Donnollan and Sandy Strong.

Thank you to the awesome waterstop attendants, course markers and timekeepers – it was so very much appreciated.

The Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon will be held this Sunday morning – runners can still nominate for the 21.1km individual event or organise a 2/3 person team. Meanwhile, locally, the club will conduct a social running event with a difference from the Botanic Gardens, Hume St (playground area). Runners are required to not wear their watches, ‘nominate’ their time, then whoever is officially timed to have the closest time to their estimate in each event (5km & 10km) takes the prize.

The Forsyths Accountants 10km Queens Park Club Championship

21 Apr 2013

The Forsyths Accountants 10km Queens Park Club Championship race was an outstanding success with nearly 80 runners vying for valuable Club Championship points in the open and age category sections. With weather conditions still a little warm for this time of year, there were some exceptional running performances from competitors in the 5km & 10km events.

Inexperienced at this distance, Ashlee Scott was amazing as she blitzed the female 10km event to take gold in 40 min 58 sec ahead of talented triathlete, Nikki Giles (46:28) and big improver, the very in form Carmel Mahon (47:21). Karla Hook was less than a minute behind to claim fourth ahead of Lisa Burns and Janelle Tilse. Ulrika Widdowson, Pam Howland, Karen Low, Robyn Madill, Cilla Martland and Vicki Vickers also ran very well in the testing conditions.

There was a gutsy battle for the podium positions in the open male 10km event, with mere seconds separating the top three. Seventeen year old Liam Mumford (35:12) continued his winning ways to snatch gold from new runner to town, Jack Atkinson (35:26) with Shawn Claydon claiming bronze (35:37). Awesome running also came from Damien Savige (39:13), Mark McFadzen (39:23) and Andy List (39:24), who unfortunately blew a hamstring on the final bend. Young Samut Widdup ran a great 10k, as did Masters runner, Stuart Sprott and returning Canberra Marathon runners, Tim Magoffin and Mark Lambert.

In the 5km event, rising junior running talent, Jamie Sanders, was once again in stunning form to take gold in 19min 27sec ahead of Jade Bidgood (19:39) and Ross Connor (20:58). Sanders’ performance was even more exceptional after a full weekend of other sporting activities, which included heading off to play hockey after his 5km race (hmmm….to be young again!!!).

Gabrielle DeBoni found the warm conditins to her liking, sprinting the 5km course to snare 1st place in 19min 58sec, ahead of other talented juniors Nixon Rodden (20:34) and Chelsey Thompson (24:07). Zoe Bidgood, Charlotte Fordyce, Montana Saron, Sharon Doyle, Louise Corry, Rachel Bidgood and Kim Saron ran well in their 5km with some recording personal best times.

Forsyths Accountants Sponsors, David and Bernie Forsyth, who are previous Mackay Road Runners Handicap champions, made a welcome return to racing and were also on hand to draw the lucky winners of the random draw cash prizes that they donated. The cash prizes were well received and much appreciated – many thanks them for their support as well as race day timekeepers, Agnes Farmer and Melissa Harris; race day helpers, Jessie and Jackson Harris; course marker, Derek Woods; registrar – Stacey Eggleston and results/handicap co-ordinator – Andy List.

This Sunday’s 6/17km race commences 6.30am from 62 Evans Avenue, North Mackay. IMPORTANT: Runners need to be registered, numbered and marked off the handicap list by 6.15am at the latest, so that volunteers can prepare to race and advise course briefing. Please note 17km racing commences for the first handicapped runners at 6.30am sharp, with 6km runners exactly 10 minutes later. Our generous hosts, Agnes & Fred, boil the billy for a post-race cuppa, so due to the number of runners at recent events, it would be appreciated if runners could please bring a small plate of goodies to share

For further info on Mackay Road Runners events, visit the calendar.

Robbo’s Roundabout 5km & 10km

14 Apr 2013

Over seventy runners revelled in the sunny, warm conditions at last Sunday’s Robbo’s Roundabout 5km & 10km hilly road run. Course marker, Graham Robinson once again did not disappoint when setting the arduous course which involved many, if not every hill, in the suburb of Mt Pleasant. The challenging, undulating course was a great hit out for runners wanting to improve their running leg strength, including those who are tackling the Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon on 5th May and the BMA Mackay Marina Run on 2nd June.

Ashlee Scott took gold in the 5km female event, with Jade Bidgood first for the boys. Several new runners performed very well in the tough 5km course, including Sharon Doyle, Mariah McGivering, Charlotte Fordyce, Trinity Nash and Zoe Bidgood.

The handicap start 10km event, saw the backmarkers, Liam Mumford and Shawn Claydon battling for prime position, although both remained focussed to the end, despite some distractions on a particular portion of the course. Mumford eventually claimed victory and the fastest time on the day. Excellent running in the 10km from Carmel Mahon, Karla Hook, Nikki Giles, Shane Donnollan, Simon Henderson, Wayne Zahra, John Atkinson, Andrew Short, Stuart Sprott, Trevor Hodgson, Graeme Railton, Teresa Robinson and Ulrika Widdowson.

Many thanks to Andy, Andrew and Michelle for timekeeping, very much appreciated by the runners…..where we would be without you!

Meanwhile, local runners’ results from the Canberra Marathon who competed earlier that day…. sensational results for first time marathoners, Linda McFadzen (5hrs 33 min) and Glen Baker (4hrs 34min). Martin Lambert was ecstatic with his 50km race, clocking 4hrs 50min in his first ultra-marathon experience. Awesome performances came from Tim Magoffin, who scored a personal best time 3hrs 30min, Karen Baker (4hr 15min); Mark McFadzen (3hrs 25 min); John Turner (3hrs 46 min); Andy Steane (4hrs 22min) and ex Mackay runners Terry O’Connor (3hrs 40mn) and Debbie Cowell (3hrs 27 min). Bree McFadzen enjoyed her first official big time race experience, by tackling the 5km at the Canberra Marathon Event, clocking a very respectable 36 minutes.

For further info on Mackay Road Runners events, visit the calendar.

Canberra Marathon Competitors

7 Apr 2013

Several Mackay athletes are tapering this week, after months of arduous training, in the lead up to The Canberra Times Canberra Marathon and Ultra Marathon this Sunday 14th April.

First time marathon runner, Linda McFadzen is excited but very nervous at the prospect of running 42.195km. The self-confessed non-runner, only a few years ago when she first took up running, stated “whew…..5km…great…but’s that’s all I’m doing!” With the support of her husband Mark, who has done several marathons, countless half marathons, and more recently, an Adventure race, Linda knows the distance deserves respect. Her goal will be to finish the distance and enjoy the post-race euphoria with her local training buddies, other competitors and supporters.

As well as Linda and many other runners having their own goals and aspirations on the line at the Canberra Marathon, Martin Lambert, who will compete in the same event, will ‘go beyond’ the marathon and compete in the 50km Ultra marathon. The bonus event means that all 2013 full Canberra marathon participants are eligible to compete in the Ultra Marathon on the event day, ie they can go past the 42.195km finish line to tackle another 8km to clock up 50km.This option is popular with ultra-runners seeking a fast 50km course, marathon runners seeking to step up to ultra-events and participants training for such events as the Comrades Marathon. Lambert will be joined by ex-local, now living in Townsville, Terry O’Connor in attempting the the 50km.

Other local runners, Glenn Baker, Tim Magoffin, Mark McFadzen, John Turner, Andy Steane and Karen Baker will also be lining up for the Marathon, where temperatures are expected to be in low single figures and that’s not counting the wind factor!

Meanwhile, in local racing this Sunday at 4pm, runners are to meet at the Gordon White Library car park for the 5/10km Robbo’s Roundabout. Runners are requested to sign in at least 15 minutes prior to the race start at 4pm, thus allowing volunteer organisers to complete the nomination process, course directions and warm-up for their own run.

For further info on upcoming events for the Mackay Road Runners, including the Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon on 5th May, BMA Mackay Marina run on 2nd June, check out the calendar.

Easter Weekend Report

24 Mar 2013

The Easter long weekend was no excuse not to run for many dedicated Mackay Roadrunners. The options included a social scenic trail run from the beautiful Broken River precincts, offering a 12km and 20km rainforest run on Saturday afternoon, where approximately forty runners and their families enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere. Many thanks to coordinators Matt Stevens and Martin Lambert.

Sunday afternoon saw the Easter Bunny (aka Jessica Harris) doing overtime, dishing out more chocolates at the social 5/8km Easter Bunny Chase from Catherine Freeman Oval, Slade Point. The perfectly warm weather conditions were awesome at both locations, with many runners backing up from Eungella to attend the Slade Point event. The fifty runners appreciated the rigours of the undulating Slade Point course, marked by Tim Magoffin, which included two ascents of the Lamberts Beach Lookout and a two kilometre stretch along beautiful Lamberts Beach. Junior runners, Jade Bidgood, Liam Mumford and Lainie Tilse were among runners who attended both events and performed very well in the humid conditions.

This Sunday’s Bluewater Lagoon Lope Along 5/10km commences 6.30am from the parkland/boardwalk near the Lagoon. All Members and non-members are very welcome to attend.

The prestigious Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon will be held on Sunday 5th May and is open to individuals and teams. This is a great event with heaps of random draw prizes at a very spectacular location, so those interested will need to nominate and secure their discounted accommodation asap.

This event is a great lead up to the region’s largest running festival, the BMA Mackay Marina Run on Sunday 2nd June. There is a race for everyone, including 3km (juniors), 5km, 8km and 21.1km. This year’s event is expected to attract well over 2000 competitors across all events, with the Mackay Branch of the Leukaemia Foundation being the major beneficiary, so whether running or volunteering, the event organisers welcome your participation. Check out the calendar for further info on any of the Club’s events.

Rural View Run 5 & 10km

24 Mar 2013

Just under one hundred runners challenged themselves at the 5 & 10km Rural View Run last Sunday at 4pm in very hot and steamy conditions. The undulating course through the Rural View suburb included the testing ascent of the Rural View lookout. Runners in the 10km event were rewarded with two views from the lookout pinnacle, as they completed two loops of the 5km course, with some admitting that the same hill was higher and longer the second time around. All runners need to be congratulated on their respective events, as the weather and course conditions were particularly extreme at that time.

The handicap start 10km saw male backmarkers Shawn Claydon, Liam Mumford, Andy List, Jack Simpson, Daren Galea, Scott Thoms, Martin Lambert, Tim Caddy, Tim Magoffin, Shane Donnollan and Greame Harris battling to cross the line first. The club’s most capped Eungella Queen of the Mountain titleholder, Judy Zahn, easily accounted for the 10km hilly course, with top performances also coming from Nikki Giles, Carmel Mahon, Karen Low, Vicki Vickers, Mel Rich, Pam Howland, Jeanette Farrugia, Ulrika Widdowson and Chris Banney.

A literally scorching effort in the 5km saw Ashlee Scott eclipse the field ahead of Jenna Bugeja, Nixon Rodden, Chelsea Thompson, Aderline West, Zoe Bidgood, Dempsey Rodden, Cooper Rodden, Hayden Connor, Aidan Donnollan, Kimberly Porsche, Robyn Madill and Tom Henderson. Relative new runners, Samat Widdup, Bree McFadzen and Rylea Giles put in top efforts to complete their respective races.

This Easter weekend the club will conduct a social 12/24km Eungella Gold Fields trail run Saturday 30th March at 2pm from Broken River. Although, locally there will also be a 4/8km Easter Bunny Chase on Sunday at 4pm from Cathy Freeman Oval.

Runners are also reminded to nominate for the Stamford Financial Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon on Sunday 5th May, with discounted accommodation/transfers on the Island for competitors. And while you’re at it, nominations for the largest regional running festival on 2nd June are now open….events include BMA Mackay Marina Run Half Marathon, Dowdens 8km, City Fitness 5km, Clarion Hotel 5km Corporate Challenge and Daily Mercury 3km kids race.

Ocean International 4/8km

17 Mar 2013

Approximately one hundred runners converged on Quota Park, near Ocean International for the St Patricks Day Mackay Road Runners 4km & 8km handicap race. The very warm conditions had many sweating it out over the 8km course which took runners to the extremities of Sandfly Creek Path and for those who sensibly chose the 4km, followed the same course, but were lucky enough to turn at the well-marked 2km point on Town Beach Esplanade.

In the male 4km event, Liam Mumford put in an outstanding performance, ahead of Jade Bidgood, Ryan Mumford, Tom Henderson, Aidan Donnollan, Hayden Connor and James Magoffin. The female 4km event, Gabby DeBoni lead a bevy of talented juniors, including Nixon Rodden, Chelsey Thompson and Aderline West, who were all competing for line honours.

Many outstanding performances came from the 8km handicapped backmarkers, Sandy Strong, Derek Woods, Jim Ford and Paul Arvidson, Tim Caddy and Karel Viigipuu, Judy Zahn, Andrew Short, Lisa Burns and Ashlee Scott. Even though 8km is a relatively new distance to Ashlee, she put in a very solid race to easily outpace many of her older and more experienced rivals. Arthur Dick, who also stepped up to the longer distance, was the lucky winner of the St Patrick’s Day prize of a very green Mackay Road Runners towel.

Congratulations to the many new runners who are extending their mileage every week and taking on the challenge of the longer distances, including Vicki Vickers, Mel Rich, Jay McCulloch, Rachel Bidgood, Jodie Connolly, Louise Corry, Sharon Martin, Ulrika Widdowson and John Rodden.

Many thanks to race day volunteers, Andy List, Karen Baker, Tim Caddy, Stacey Eggleston, Mark McFadzen, Melissa Harris, Liunda McFadzen and Jess Harris.

In other sporting news last Sunday, a superb effort by local athletes saw Shawn Claydon take gold in the 5000m at the Queensland Athletics Track Championships at the QEII Stadium, Brisbane, as well as bronze in the 1500m the previous day, and Jack Simpson placed an amazing 7th out of over 60 competitors at the Mooloolaba Triathlon over the same weekend.

5km Queens Park Club Championship

10 Mar 2013

An outstanding contingent of one hundred and twelve athletes contested the Mackay Road Runners prestigious Rock n Road 5km Club Championship held last Sunday from Queens Park. The weather conditions were a little kinder at today’s event, with rain holding off until well after the last person crossed the finish line.

Sensational running by rising junior runner, Liam Mumford to take gold ahead of talented champion runners, Shawn Claydon (2nd) and Daren Galea (3rd). Mumford burst from the blocks taking an early lead out of the park and into the strong headwind up East Gordon Street. Mumford held form to hit the tape first ahead of the fast finishing field. Ashlee Scott notched another win in her already full belt, racing to a comfortable lead and holding on to win the overall 5km female section by one minute ahead of improving junior talents, Gabby DeBoni and Nixon Rodden.

The large field enjoyed a very scenic course from Queens Park, encompassing the length of Binnington Esplanade before looping back via Hoey Street, and with the wind at their backs, looked forward to the same route home to the finish line.

Exceptional improved performances came from Ross Connor, Nikki Giles, Karla Hook, Carmel Mahon, Steven Vincent, Majella Sammut, Vicky Vicary, Louise Corry, Aidan Donnollan, Andrew Short, Tom Henderson, Teresa Robinson, Georgina Boyd, Erin Safe, Bree McFadzen and Rylea Giles.

Many thanks to volunteers Karen Baker, Agnes Farmer, Melissa Harris, David Bellamy, Matt Perkins, Derek Woods and our wonderful long time sponsor, Ron Steel from Rock n Road Cycles, Wood Street.

Champion local runner, Shawn Claydon will be contesting the 5000m Queensland Track Championships this weekend at QEII in Brisbane, vying for selection towards the Nationals in Canberra at Easter. Claydon’s consistency and hardworking approach to training and racing will hold him in good stead at the highly ranked event.

Meanwhile, local racing will be held from the Ocean International this St Patty’s Day Sunday. The 4/8km race will commence from Rotary Park at 5pm sharp, therefore, competitors are required to be registered 10 minutes prior to enable club volunteers to warm up for their individual events. All intending and renewing members are advised to attend to their annual membership fees online thus enabling them to accrue handicap and club championship points immediately. All non-member runners are warmly welcomed to attend any of the club’s races for a $5 fee although a minimal increased fee will apply to all runners, particularly signature event races, ie The BMA Mackay Marina Run (June); Eungella King of the Mountain (July); The Magic Mile (August); Run the Whitsunday Great Walk 28km (September).

Martel Marina Sprint 5/10km

3 Mar 2013

Major rainfall and blustering breezes on the Harbour Breakwater late Sunday afternoon did nothing to deter nearly 100 runners competing in the 5/10km Martel Marina Sprint. The testing 5km loop course was a very character building experience, but all runners endured the conditions to compete successfully in their individual events. The handicap start 10km event had top backmarkers, Shawn Claydon, Karel Viligipuu, Andy List, Darren Binstead, Mark McFadzen and Liam Mumford battling for line honours. Although seventeen year old Mumford did not feature for long in the top group, he is to be congratulated on his open third placing that morning in Townsville’s 4.7km Athlete’s Foot Dash for Cash, where hundreds of runners turned out for the annual event. In the female 10km event, the handicap start made it tough to see whose time would be the fastest, but with regular runners, Lisa Burns, Nicky Giles, Judy Zahn, Karen Baker, Karen Low, Karla Hook, Carmel Mahon, Teresa Robinson and Janelle Tilse, the Handicapper will have his work cut out for him collating the results.

Awesome running by Ashlee Scott to take out the 5km female event with Jade Bidgood making a welcome return to racing to take gold in the male 5km. Excellent performances in the 5km came from Gabrielle DeBoni, Nixon Rodden, Chelsey Thompson, Aidan Donnallan, Kimberley Craig, Hayden Connor, Jo Hughes, Bree McFadzen and Jess Rath. In the 10km there were many outstanding performances by runners testing their ability at this distance including young Samat Widdup, Arthur Dick, Mel Rich, Vicky Vickers, Ulrika Widdowson, Tracey Van Brummen and Steven Vincent.

Many thanks to Timekeepers, Agnes Farmer and Melissa Harris for withstanding the atrocious conditions…..where would all the runners be without you!!

This Sunday’s prestigious Rock n Road Cycles 5km event will be the first Club Championship race on the 2013 program. Racing commences at 5pm from the inside the Queens Park entrance (rotunda), with registrations closing 4.50pm sharp, so that volunteers can warm up for their individual races. Competitors are welcome to stay post-race for random draw prizes generously donated by long time sponsor, Ron Steel from Rock n Road Cycles, Victoria Street.

The BMA Mackay Marina Run had its official launch last Friday, with the cutting of the ribbon performed by Mackay Regional Council Mayor, Cr Deidre Comerford, ably assisted by major sponsor, BMA’s Matt Ruhl and Marina race director, Mackay Road Runners, Sandy Strong. Registrations are now open online as from 1st March.

Rowallan Park Trail Run

24 Feb 2013

The first handicap run on the Mackay Road Runners 2013 program was held last Sunday morning at Rowallan Park, Farleigh in very wet, humid conditions. In a bid to get to the finish line upright, over seventy runners tacked the 2km loop course to complete the 4km and 8km events across varying terrain including grassy expanses, exposed tree roots, slippery muddy and rocky undulating surfaces.

Eighteen year old Ashlee Scott crossed the tape first in the 4km event ahead of other talented junior female runners, Gabrielle DeBoni (2nd) and Nixon Rodden (3rd). Good performances in the 4km also came from Kim Craig, Carmel Moran, Lainie Tilse, Chelsea Thompson, Cooper Rodden, Aiden Donnallan and Dempsey Rodden. Shawn Claydon was in fine form scorching over the 8km course, claiming victory over Andy List and Mark McFadzen. In the female 8km, Lisa Burns recorded her first victory for the 2013 season ahead of Janelle Tilse (2nd) and Tracey Van Brummen (3rd). Excellent results over the testing course came from Carmel Mahon, Karla Hook, Graham Robinson, Graeme Harris, Tim Magoffin, Sandy Strong, Tim Caddy and Arthur Dick. Many thanks to volunteer race co-ordinators, Graham Robinson, David Bellamy, Kylie Binstead, Karen and Glenn Baker and Linda McFadzen.

The 2013 BMA Mackay Marina Run launch will be held 10am Friday 1st March at the Pioneer Promenade boardwalk Rotunda behind the Lanai Apartments. Event organisers have been very fortunate to secure the services of Mackay’s very busy Mayor, Cr Deidre Comerford, who will have the honour of cutting the Launch ribbon marking the first day that nominations are open for the largest regional running event. Special guests, the general public and all interested persons are invited to view the significant occasion, which is one of the Mackay Road Runners Signature Events and the biggest fundraiser on the local branch of the Mackay Leukaemia Foundation. Check out mackaymarinarun.com to register.

Meanwhile, in addition to the above special event, Mackay Road Runners supporter, Heather Sprott has been successful in being one of 9 finalists in the World renowned annual Easter Kentish Arts Festival Outdoor Mural competition in Sheffield, Tasmania. All finalists have been given a poem to translate (based on the 2013 theme “Wild & Free”) into a 4.5m x 2.9m painted outdoor mural which will be on display for one year. Heather, wife of talented Masters local runner, Stuart Sprott, is an accomplished artist and has even published her own books. The major winner of the prestigious award will be announced at the Sheffield festival held 31st March – 6th April.

Tilse Toddle 5km

17 Feb 2013

Approximately sixty runners were not deterred by the teaming rain at the commencement of the annual 5/10km Tilse Toddle held last Sunday. The social 5k loop course was a great option for those wishing to extend their race to 10km, ie two loops and even three loops in some cases.

Even though it was a non-handicapped race, there was still a very competitive battle in the 10km between talented local junior Liam Mumford and international athlete, Olympian contender, Karel Viigipuu. The conditions and distance were more to Karel’s liking this week, as he broke away from Liam in the final two kilometres to sprint home. Karel, who is only in Mackay until July, is working hard to support his bid to qualify for the Estonian team in the Biathlon event (cross country skiing and shooting) at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. Whilst Karel is thoroughly enjoying swapping the snow for the tropics, he is also using his coaching expertise to support many local athletes, including triathlete, Nicholas Johns.

Well done to the many first time runners at the Tilse Toddle, where new and experienced runners were well rewarded for their sensational efforts with yummy post-race treats. Even though there were no race records set on the course, Mark Pashalis is to be congratulated on setting a record of his own at the goodie table, not 1, 2,3,4,5 or 6 but 7 samples of a particularly yummy cookie treat! Mark ran a great race, so well deserved and the chef felt well complimented!

Many thanks to all volunteers, including Karen Baker, Stacey Eggleston, Bree McFadzen and her friend Jodie, Jo Hughes, Michelle Thompson, Andy List, Linda & Mark McFadzen, Tim Magoffin and Jeanette Farrugia.

This Sunday’s first official 2013 handicap points 4/8km run commences 6.30am at the MTB Club, Rowallan Park, Farleigh. New and existing Members are welcome to attend to payment of their annual membership fees online asap, thus ensuring handicap points are allocated immediately.

Harbour Lighthouse 5km Social Run

10 Feb 2013

Extremely humid conditions did not deter over one hundred runners at the first official run on the 2013 Mackay Road Runners Program. Club President, Tim Magoffin, welcomed new and existing runners to stay post-race for a sausage sizzle, fruit, drinks etc….and to enjoy the camaraderie that the club is proud to offer.

The social 5km event saw a tight tussle within the top markers, with last year’s Open Male Club Champion, 17 year old Liam Mumford doing battle with a new runner to town in the shape of an Estonian Olympic Athlete. The top international athlete, who competes in the Winter Olympics Biathlon event which consists of snow skiing and shooting, is looking forward to competing in the next Olympics, but for the duration, is enjoying a short stint in Australia. The female 5km event also included some aspiring talent, with junior runners, Nixon Rodden, Gabrielle DeBoni and Jenna Bugeja running very well in the steamy conditions.

This Sunday’s Tilse Toddle run at 5.30pm is another social 5/10/15km from 24 Johnson Street, where runners can choose a distance to suit, before enjoying post-race refreshments on the ‘Pauly’ mowed lawns.

To start accuring handicap points ASAP, annual memberships are due 31st March for existing members and immediately for new members – $55 adults, $22 juniors (U18) and $110 for families, with weekly race fees of $2.20 for members and $5.50 for non-members. The season runs from February to October, so to become a 2013 member, register online.

Casual, no cost, group training sessions are offered Wednesday 5km at 6pm (alternate between Bluewater Quay and Mackay State High School track oval) and Saturday long running group – varying distances from 5am from Unwined Cafe, Wood St. Check the website contact phone number to confirm start time for longer distance training sessions.

Many thanks to the Mackay Road Runners volunteers at the MECC’s Sports Expo and Sign-on day last Sunday. Congratulations to the Mackay Regional Council for offering all local sporting bodies the opportunity to have a ‘onestop’ shop for our wonderful sporting community.

Season Commences This Weekend

4 Feb 2013

The Mackay Road Running fraterntiy will be out in force this Sunday, 9th February at 5.30pm from the Lighthouse boat ramp carpark at the Mackay Marina for the first official event on the 2013 program. The Club will also be at the Sports Expo and Sign on from 10am to 2pm at the MECC this Sunday.

All runners of varying abilities and ages are catered for at the weekly running events, mainly on Sunday afternoons and also the informal 6pm Wednesday and Saturday 5am training sessions. Very reasonably priced Club fees are not due until 31st March, with a $2 per run fee for Members and $5 for non members. Members are asked to go online to register, however, speak to one of the officials if this is not possible.

The Mackay Road Runners promotes a friendly and inclusive environment for competitors, their families and friends from beginners to advanced runners and those in between. The 2013 Calendar runs until October with weekly events of varying distances to suit the individual based on social and handicap systems.

For further info, you are welcome to check out the rest of the website, or call The Secretary, 0403 344 289 or ph Janelle/Paul 0400 99 7432/4957 3427.

8km Town Beach Social

13 Jan 2013

Mackay Road Runners social, no cost, off season training session from Town Beach last Sunday was well attended with over forty new and existing runners enjoying the very hot and challenging conditions.

With the 21013 formal running season only weeks away from starting, it was great to see so many athletes of varying abilities setting their individual goals for distances ranging from doing their first 5km to completing a marathon (42.2km.) The Mackay Road Runners offers various training sessions to assist runners, including Wednesday 5-8km social training sessions at 6pm alternating between the Mackay State High School grass track and the Bluewater Quay precincts; and Saturday 5am from Unwined Cafe (formerly Cafe La de Da) Wood Street 5k – 20k, with various options to extend the distances towards specific Marathon events, ie Gold Coast, Canberra, Townsville, Whitsunday Great Walk 28km, etc.

Meanwhile, last Sunday, Mackay Road Runners Moranbah runner Gary Jenkinson completed the Hobart Cadbury Marathon in a sensational 3hrs 31min 18 sec. With the serious bushfire situation in Tasmania, there was speculation that the race may be cancelled, however, with nearly 650 competitors across the Marathon, Half Marathon and 5km events, organisers continued with the event. Mackay’s own Catherine Freeman also competed in the Marathon, clocking a credible 4hrs 31 min 29 sec whilst raising funds for a very worthy cause.

In addition, local runners, Anne Miller and Graeme Railton completed the arduous 56km Point to Peninsula in Victoria on the same day. Graeme 5hrs 26min and Anne’s 6hrs 35min was an awesome effort for the first time ultra marathon runners. Both runners were elated with their results and were looking forward to a very well earned rest.

Mackay Road Runners committee meetings are held on the second Monday each month at 5.30pm – all new and existing Members are very welcome to attend. Check out the website calendar for info on the 2013 program, visit us on Facebook or phone the Secretary 0403 344 289.