Thursday, February 9, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Record Breaking Parkrun

You wouldn’t expect parkrun records to be set in the warm Mackay summer heat, but that’s exactly what happened last weekend.

Jared Havemann joined his fellow runners for the weekly social run through Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, blitzing the course in 16:27, the fastest time in Mackay parkrun’s history.

He was only the third person to join the Sub 17 Men’s club, alongside Julian Picot and Jade Bidgood earlier in January, with a previous best time of 16:43.

He then surpassed Jade’s previous best time of 16:29 by two seconds, eclipsing his own personal best by 16 seconds to claim the new record of 16:27.

“Whilst parkrun isn’t a ‘race’, it is absolutely awe inspiring to see the drive that these individuals have,” Mackay parkrun wrote on Facebook.

“It also proves that your name needs to start with the letter ‘J’ to join this club . . . your move Justin Rule.”

Image: Jared Havemann broke the Mackay parkrun course record

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