Tourist Information Centre 6 & 10km
Dec 27 2015
Over thirty runners completed the Tourist Information Centre 6km & 10km events at last Sunday’s social summer run. The extreme humidity was not easy to contend with as runners carefully ensured they stayed well hydrated with very frequent water stops throughout their respective distances.
Once again, Club Captain/Race Director, Jim Ford planned an enjoyable course from the Botanic Gardens precinct through the West Mackay suburb with options to suit all abilities. Many thanks to Jim for his time and efforts in designing a unique concept where runners could race their chosen course, with prizes for individuals coming in on 55 minutes or 65 minutes…..however, Jim’s prize handling assistant needs an assistant to remind her to bring the well-deserved coveted prizes!
Excellent running by past and present junior Mackay Road Running Champions, Jamie Sanders, Liam Mumford, Ashlee Scott, Jenna Bugeja, Layla Sanders and Anthea Ford. Some of these runners now live far afield in their chosen studies/professions with Liam currently studying in USA, Jenna heading back to Canberra this week to continue her work and Anthea off to Cairns next year to commence her first year out of University in an Accounting firm.
The Mackay Road Runners’s special appearance runner was not able to make the run today, as she was flying back to Brisbane the next day. Mackay’s very talented home grown Olympic running champion, Benita Willis was unable to get to the run due to family commitments, however she passed on her good wishes and the indication of a few visits to Mackay next year. As Benita’s very heavy schedule makes it extremely difficult for her to come home, her Mum, siblings, nieces and nephews were stoked to have her home if only for a few days. Mackay Road Runners appreciate the support Benita always willingly devotes to the local region and look forward to catching up with her in the very near future.
However, Mackay Road Runners were not disappointed for too long as yet another couple of celebrities appeared within its ranks……a special guest appearance of well-known Mumford and Sons! The writer was able to get a quick interview, however, a group photo was not possible due to the elder Mr Mumford being a bit camera shy.
The summer off season social runs will continue every Sunday at 5.30pm throughout the off season. As the present Mackay conditions are extremely warm and humid, runners are reminded to stay hydrated throughout the week as well as on the day they exercise. It is urgently suggested that runners carry water with them or ensure they are aware of where the taps are on the course as well as taking extra electrolytes if required.
Mackay Road Runners welcome all new and existing runners to any of their events…..check out the website for info on next year’s program or phone the secretary 0403 344 289 or Janelle 0400 99 7432.