Thursday, May 9, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Mackay Road Runners Take To The Streets

Just over thirty runners kicked off amidst the sights and lively sounds of the Bluewater Quay before heading off onto the Forgan Smith Bridge for a very social 5k and 10km run. Runners had the option to do participate in anything between the 5km and 10km depending on where their current abilities were at, with some tackling an extra kilometre or two at Mt Bassett.
Ten-kilometre runner, Grant Holmstrom easily accounted for the Mt Bassett section of the event before storming home on the comparatively flat surface to be first across the line with fast-finishing Ashley Miles and Jim Ogilvie closing in for the minor placings.  Jose Short made ‘short’ work of the 10km as she skimmed over the course with big improver, Emily Hayles closing in for the silver podium position ahead of Carmel Mahon, Bernadine McKinnon, Geeta Ariani and Judy Zahn. 

Excellent efforts from 5km runners Julie Whibley, Andrew Wallace, Simon Henderson, Len Haworth, Kim Saron, Corey Gould, Dana Gould, Natasha Joynson, Kayla Waugh, Katrina Ogilvie, Neah Garciano and Sandra Henderson.  Jess and Ryan Everts did it the hard way as usual, but the kids were great, well done to them all.

Congratulations to all runners who were at out-of-town events including the Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon and Port Macquarie Ironman events.  The best of the many Mackay locals on Hamilton Island were Paul Mackenzie who scored an amazing 8th overall and 2nd in his age category, Thomas Wendt (2nd age), Sam Sticklan (1st in age), Sarah Manttan (2nd age), Dee Trannore (3rd age) and Paul Manttan (7th age).
This weekend’s Mackay Road Runners event will be held on Saturday morning from the Casu Jacks Café at the Mackay Marina, and the race will commence at 7am.  The Pre-Mother’s Day event is a 5km and 12km, along with Sunday, which is heralded as the most important day of the year!  

Contributed By Janelle Tilse

Just over thirty runners enjoyed the very social Bluewater Quay 5k and 10km
Dana Gould (right) enjoyed her first run with Mackay Road Runners newest member Corey Gould
Mackay Road Runners Life Member and champion runner, Judy Zahn made light work of the 10km. Photo credit: Janelle Tilse
Race Director and Club Secretary, Julie Whibley (seated at left) had a great comeback 5km run with a huge contingent of local Mackay Road Runners members

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