Thursday, February 22, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

A Race Against the Weather For Mackay Road Runners

Despite the threatening stormy skies, over eighty runners kicked off at 6.30am last Sunday morning to race the annual 5km and 10km Rural View loop.  As runners crossed the finish line, Club Patron Col Meng OAM donated zooper doopers to cool down the devoted participants.

Club President Brendan Bishop welcomed many new and existing members to the first handicap points run of the year. Timekeeper and registration assistant, Arthur Dick and Julie Whibley had a big job ahead of them with an awesome number of members signing on ahead of their individual 5 km and 10 km events.


Mick Vivian, Mark McFadzen, Robin Stinson, Naomi Ballard, Alleny and Ollie Gorrion, Mel Esau, Ashlee Scott, Martin Lambert, Hamish and Shane Donnallen, Werner VanDerLinde, Michael Feenaghty, Emma Johnson, Craig McGahey, Nick Rewald, George Hannaford and Toby Rule all contributed to the amazing performances on show.


This Sunday will be the running of the inaugural MAD Fitness Mackay 5km Club Championship event from Queen’s Park via Shakespeare Street entrance commencing at 6.30am sharp. The 5km Club Championship has been running since the inception of the club in 1976.

Thanks to Erin, Owner of Mad Fitness Mackay Gym who has donated cash prizes for the first three male and female winners of the 5km as well as for random draw prizes. 


For future events, runners must be on time and registered in with the timekeeper prior to gun time, preferably 6.15am so that the timekeeper can sync all runners into the computer for 6.30am racing.  

Contributed by Janelle Tilse

 Photo Credit: Mackay Road Runners

Caption 4338: Over 80 runners and supporters challenged the weather for a steamy 5k/10k run around Rural View circuit.

Caption 65200: Mick Vivian makes a welcome return to racing.

Caption 72001: Eighty years and 6 days old, Stuart Sprott loves his running.

Caption 72136: Craig McGahey REALLY loves his running!


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