Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Planking To Victory - The 10km With A Twist

In the unfortunate absence of the Beach to Gardens fundraising running event on the Mackay Road Runners program, the club slotted in a social 5km and 10km from the Bluewater Quay.  

Race Director, Julie Whibley confirmed the race course directions which included the Rotary Lookout at the pinnacle of High Street, North Mackay for the 10km with a one minute plank before descending.  

Jared Mackie was first to the top, completing his plank without complaint, although some later runners did have little but not a lot to say after reaching the Rotary Lookout.  

The youngster led a quality field from start to finish, churning out an excellent 10km whilst his Mum rode the course, although not up High Street!  

His Dad was also a major support back at the start line or close enough to it.  

Abigail Sweeney was the first 10km female across the line in a scorching time, also well supported by her dad who was hanging with Jared’s Dad.  

Excellent performances also came from Daniel Stampa, Andrew Short, Stephen Oberg, Grant Holmstrom, Jose Short, Martin Lambert, Teresa Hackney, Carmel Mahon, June Bradley, Stuart Sprott, Shane Barben and David Isbister.

This Sunday’s club run will revert to the morning for the running of the annual Eimeo Pacific Hotel 5km and 14km commencing 7am from a handicap start.

Contributed by Janelle Tilse

June Bradley relieved to reach the pinnacle of High Street Rotary lookout

Michael Feenaghty easily completed the 10km despite a nagging knee issue

Some of the eager runners and supporters at the social Bluewater Quay 5/10km event (left to right) – Steve Oberg, Jo Hughes, Jose Short, Carmel Mahon, Julie Whibley, Teresa Hackney, June Bradley and Andrew Wallace. Photo credit1: Janelle Tilse

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