Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Mackay Magic On The Marina

The 1.609 kilometre out and back course was held from the beautiful Mackay Marina Breakwater precincts in perfectly cool and sunny running conditions for this year’s annual North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) Open Magic Mile and the Podiatry Mackay Junior Magic Mile.

All runners were very excited to run the 1609 metres distance on the spectacular breakwater, although not sure if they had time to take in the views in the fast and furious sprint distance event.  

The U13 and U18 Podiatry Mackay Magic Mile entrants raced first with the NQBP Mackay Magic Mile participants let out of the gates when the last junior crossed the finish line.  

U13’s Amelia Dobbin placed 1st ahead of Peppa Burchill, whilst in the boys, Aziel Dobbin claimed gold ahead of Hughie Bishop (2nd) and Duke Burchill (3rd).  

U18 girls had a scorching race with Abi Sweeney snatching first ahead of Lily Leven with Millie Bishop collecting bronze.  

The U18 male was also a sizzling affair with Toby Rule taking the top podium place ahead of very fast finishing Jarrod Mackie (2nd) and Luke Leven (3rd).  

The NQBP Open Magic Mile was a sprint from the start, with all runners vying for top prizes from local Marina businesses as well as valuable club championship points.  

The home straight saw an exciting sprint finish as Oliver Rule led from the bend in pole position, however, Angus Jacobs dug deep to outpace the youngster in the final 100 metres, desperately lunging across the finish line to claim victory.  

Nick Rewald had an amazing race behind the duo claiming third ahead of the quality field.

A welcome return to local racing was Demi Caldwell who had a sensational run to be rewarded with the top prize ahead of a gutsy effort by Alana Knesevic and newbie on the block, Greta Petersen.

The coveted Magic Mile Milo Award was presented to Jen White who enjoyed one of her best runs with the club since she became involved this year.  

This Sunday’s Sladie Sand Dunes trail run also doubles as a Pre Father’s Day weekend run, commencing at 7am from the Lamberts Beach playground.

Contributed by Janelle Tilse

The Podiatry Mackay Junior Magic Mile off and running at the Mackay Marina Breakwater

Open male and female NQBP Mackay Magic Mile awardees, Alana Knesevic (2nd), Oliver Rule (2nd), Mackay Road Runners Club Patron Mr Col Meng, Angus Jacobs (1st), Nick Rewald (3rd), Greta Petersen (3rd) and Demi Caldwell (1st). Photo credit: Janelle Tilse

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