Thursday, February 15, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

A Jam-Packed Weekend For Road Runners

A huge weekend unfolded for Mackay Road Runners last week as they begun a parkrun last Saturday morning, followed by the set-up of the Jet Group Mackay Sports and Rec Expo held at the MECC, in which continued on through Sunday morning, not to mention their kick off of the first official Social 2024 Mackay Road Runners program that afternoon.

With the outcome of a very successful weekend filled with running, sporting and other recreational activities, the Mackay region’s amazing strength and depth presented itself within all ages, abilities and interests. 

A big thank you to all volunteers who assisted throughout the events as well as Mackay Regional Council and Jet Group Mackay for sponsoring the Expo. Thank you to Colin Meng OAM for accepting our invitation once again to be our amazing Patron for another great year.


Congratulations to the club’s most experienced and respected member who turns 80 this week, Stuart Sprott, who has been a great advocate and role model for his family and has been a valuable contributor to the club for approximately twenty-two years!  Additional congratulations to 2023 Male Club Champion of Mackay Road Runners, Paul MacKenzie who has been invited to a very prestigious endurance running event to be held in France in August, 2024.


This Sunday’s Mackay Road Runners Club event takes place from Wallmans Rd cul de sac, Rural View at 6.30am.  This will be a scratch start race with handicap points on offer. Ensure you are a registered member to start accruing points immediately towards end of year awards. 


Contributed by Janelle Tilse

Caption 4193 – Masters runner, Stuart Sprott celebrates his 80th birthday milestone. Photo Credit: Janelle Tilse

Caption 4196 – Mackay Road Runners Club Patron, Mr Colin Meng OAM (far left) cuts the ribbon to the first race of the 2024 program

Caption 4273 - (left to right) Club Secretary and Treasurer, Julie Whibley and Tim Magoffin welcome new runner Mr Ogilvie to Mackay Road Runners first official run of the year

Caption 4199 – Alana Knezevic (centre foreground) gets a great start in the longer distance event

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