Thursday, March 21, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

 Mackay Road Runners Explore West Mackay’s Scenic Trails

Over sixty enthusiastic runners gathered for an invigorating Sunday morning run in West Mackay. The scratch start race kicked off at Club Secretary Julie’s house, sending runners from the Whibley’s backyard reserve towards the Mackay Base Hospital and onto the scenic Catherine Freeman Trail. Those that tackled the twelve-kilometre continued towards Forgan Smith Bridge before returning for the homeward trek.

Luke Leven had a sensational twelve-kilometre run, bolting from the starter’s gun with fellow junior runner, Jared Mackie who sprinted the entire course with Luke being the eventual victor. Third placed George Hannaford was only ten seconds behind Jared with Greame Harris closing in fast ahead of Shane Donnollan, Ashley Miles, Brad Fraser, John Rae, Matthew Bampton, Darrin Pullen and Robin Stinson. 

Alana Knezevic had an exciting run placing second outright as well as first for the girls ahead of Naomi Ballard and Lily Leven, all clocking under sixty minutes. Mel Esau, Glynis Forse, Rhiann Massey, Emily Hayles, Carmel Mahon, Emma Johnson and Mel Harris ran well to round out the top ten ladies.


Five-kilometre female winner, Millie Bishop outpaced the field to finish one-minute clear of Judy Zahn and Jo Hughes. Lauren Connor, Leanne Connor, Kim Saron, Katrina Ogilvie and Natasha Joynson joined them in quick succession at they crossed the finish line. 

This Sunday’s Club event commences at 7am from Cape Hillsborough National Park, Risely Parade. The six-kilometre and 10-kilometre Hillsborough Turtle Trail will begin with handicap points up for grabs. New runners will need to be registered online by Thursday 5pm. Non-members are most welcome to join in for a $10 race day fee, members pay $2. Everyone is welcome to stay for a free post run sausage sizzle and zooper doopers.


Introducing a new running event - The Great Barrier Reef Arena Gift, which is set to take place on March 23, 2024. This inaugural event will bring together Australia’s finest running talent across various races, genders, ages, and distances. 

For more information, visit the official GBRA Gift website or contact Harrup Park, Great Barrier Reef Arena on (07) 4944 0000.

Contributed By Janelle Tilse

Images Supplied

Mackay Road runners lovely ladies left to right Millie, Alana, Lauren, Glynis, Emma, Mel, Leanne, Natasha, Jo, Hostess Julie, Kim, Mel and Jan welcome former Mackay Road Runner, Bernadette Forsyth (far right) back to Mackay for a week after being based for three years in Scotland.

Mackay Road Runners Club President Brendan Bishop (back left) announced race briefing to approximately sixty runners including Craig and Darrin (back row); Matthew, Andrew and Robin (front row).

Len Haworth marginally leads David Isbister in the 5km Whibley’s Wander at the 3km water stop.

Twelve-kilometre competitors, Naomi and Sacha enjoy the post-race refreshments at the Whibley’s Wander.

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