Thursday, March 14, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Dash For Cash Around Queens Park

Club President, Brendan Bishop welcomed over seventy runners to take part in the annual Construct Health Physio 3km Mackay Road Runners Club Championship event, where the pace was expected to be fast and furious over the flat road race as runners took to the East Mackay streets surrounding Queens Park.

Weather conditions were perfect for running as the overcast skies and rainclouds threatened but thankfully didn’t open up throughout the event.  Hardy runners knew from the gun that the race was going to be a tough and tight tussle from start to finish with many searching for position early.

Front runners, Toby Tule, Liam Mumford, Oliver Rule, Angus Jacobs, Nick Rewald, Hamish Donnollan, Paul MacKenzie, Jared Mackie, Luke Leven and George Hannaford were all definitely in line for a podium finish, however as runners completed the final Queens Park  loop, Toby was victorious with Liam only 8 seconds in deficit  taking the cash and maximum club championship points in the open and their age category.  

Ashlee Scott sprinted the 3km snatching gold from Alana Knesevic by ten seconds to also score the cash and chocolates.  Junior runner, Lily Leven ran a spectacular race to claim bronze and major junior club championship points.

Excellent performances also came from many new runners as well as existing members, Martin Lambert, Shane Donnollan, Natalie Lorraway, Jenny White, Al Lorraway, Leanne Connor, Natasha Joynson, Em Hayles, Mel Esau, Kim Saron, Judy Zahn, Carmel Mahon, Jan Smith, Len Haworth, Stuart Sprott, Mark McFadzen, Tim Dalton, Andrew Wallace, David Isbister, Scott McIntosh, Michael Feenaghty, Thomas Wendt and Ondiene Wendt.

Many thanks to Construct Health Operations Manager, Thomas Wendt for co-ordinating the event with the club and supporting the community by also being involved in the annual BMA Mackay Marina Run.

This Sunday’s 5k/12km handicap points scratch start event commences 6.30am from 25 Duncan Street, West Mackay. 

All runners must be registered in with the timekeeper by 6.20am at the very latest for a 6.30am sharp start. Any new runners are most welcome to join in, however, please register online by 5pm Friday at the latest so that a member number can be issued. 


For more information on results, registration, events or merchandise, visit Mackay Road Runners on Facebook or online.

Contributed By Janelle Tilse

Caption 5292 - Construct Health Team (on Left) Sarah Schofield, Nick Rewald, Alex Leslie, Thomas Wendt (Ondine Wendt in front) with Mackay Road Runners Construct Health 3km Club Championship gold and silver medallists – Alana Knezevic(2nd), Ashlee Scott (1st), Toby Rule (1st), Liam Mumford (2nd).

Caption 5274 – Natasha Joynson, Kim Saron and Jo Hughes enjoy the Construct Health 3km Club Championship event where over 70 runners took part.

Caption 5124 – Colin Hardy thanks volunteer timekeepers, Arthur Dick (seated) and Julie Whibley (with umbrella).

Caption 5152 – Mel Esau and Tahnie Malagueno contemplate the 3km race course briefing instructions.

Caption 5231 – Andrew Wallace and Jenny White relieved to cross the fast and furious 3km Construct Health Club Championship finish line.


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