Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

A Humid Whibley’s Wander

Nearly sixty runners and supporters attended the very popular annual Whibley’s Wander held from the Secretary’s residence early Sunday morning.  

The wonderful Julie and Andrew were the perfect hosts with all runners appreciating their generosity and picture-perfect back yard.  

Paul Mackenzie and Alana Knesevic were the top male and female in the 12km with excellent performances by the 5km top duo of Terese Hackney and Darrin Pullen.  

The 100% humidity was extreme as runners braved the conditions and early morning high temperatures.

Meanwhile Mackay Road Runners’ competitors did very well at the Athletics North Queensland Cross Country Championships hosted by The Whitsunday Running Club in Cannonvale where several locals took out top podium places:

Liam Mumford - 1st Open 10km

Justin Rule - 2nd 45-49yrs 8km

Oliver Rule - 1st under 20yrs 8km

Damian Rutland - 3rd under 20yrs km

Toby Rule - 1st under 18/17 yrs 6km

Abigail Sweeney - 2nd under 18/17 yrs 4km

Lily Leven - 2nd under 16/15 yrs 4km

Congratulations to all, what an amazing effort against very talented athletes throughout the North Queensland region.

This Sunday’s local Mackay Road Runners Club event will be held at beautiful Cape Hillsborough National Park carpark near the Resort precincts commencing at 7am.

All casual non-member runners are most welcome to attend however, there will be a day runner fee of $5 for juniors and $10 for seniors to cover insurance costs, etc.

Contributed by Janelle Tilse

Leanne, Lauren and Jess enjoy a chat before the Whibley’s Wander 5km

(Far right standing) Julie Whibley is thanked by some of the Mackay Road Runners for her and Andrew Whibley’s exceptional post-run brekky. Photo credit: Janelle Tilse

In other news