Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

A Humid Sunday Sprint

The annual Construct Health Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology Mackay Road Runners 3km Club Championship was held in very humid conditions early Sunday morning from Queen’s Park car park.  

Over fifty competitors charged from the gun over the flat and fast course, however the steamy weather did play havoc with a lot of the runners’ lung and leg capacity, especially over the testing 3km sprint distance.

First placed Damian Rutland burst out of the gates with Hamish Donnollan, Luke Leven, Paul Mackenzie, Liam Mumford, Walker Murray, Rodney Elworthy, Nick Rewald, Jarrod Mackie, Matt Graves, Joe Grech, Michael Scholer, Grant Holmstrom, Derek Woods and Shane Donnollan hot on his heels.  

Damian maintained his extreme pace leading the field across the finish line first ahead of Hamish, Liam, Paul and Construct Health’s Nick.

A gut busting effort from Alana Knesevic saw her take gold in the female section ahead of fast finishing Lily Leven.  

Both girls ran an amazing race against a lot of great talent including Carolyn Mapes, Milly Bishop, Tahnie Malagueno, Carmel Mahon, Carol Dawes and Crystal Hawkins.

Winners and runner ups were rewarded with amazing prizes from the Construct Health Team who have sponsored the 3km event for several years.  

All runners were vying for valuable overall and age category club championship points as well as handicap points toward their season total.

Track training is of great benefit to sprint distance racing as well as endurance racing, therefore, runners can take advantage of Club Captain Jim Ford’s track training weekly Wednesdays at 5.30pm at the Aquatic and Recreational Centre.  

Everybody is welcome to attend, don’t need to be a Mackay Road Runners member and you don’t have to be just a runner.

This Sunday’s Whibley’s Wander 5km/12km will commence at 6:30am from 25 Duncan Street, West Mackay.

Many thanks to Julie and Andrew for opening up their home to a lot of smelly, sweaty runners to do their thing.

The handicap start race will commence at 6:30am sharp with runners being sent off on their official club handicap time.

Contributed by Janelle Tilse

The Construct Health Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology Team celebrate with Mackay Road Runners 3km Club Championship winners and runners up – L-R Hamish Donnollan (2nd) and Damian Rutland (1st), Thomas, Nick, Dylan, Sarah, Lily Leven (2nd) and Alana Knesevic (1st)

Garry Thomas (sitting) takes a well-earned rest after a great sprint effort in the Mackay Road Runners 3km Club Championship

Over fifty junior and senior runners took part in the Mackay Road Runners 3km Club Championship from Queens Park

Legendary Mackay Road Runners champion runner, Judy Zahn (in her early seventies) still has the talent for a great 3km effort. Photo credit: Janelle Tilse

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