Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Elite Mackay Road Runners have battled for nearly thirty years to get their name on coveted The Grove 10km Handicap Trophy and today was no different when Oliver Rule took a resounding win in the historical event. Oliver’s form of late has been nothing short of classy as he bolted from his handicap start to take on and hold off the rest of the field in the technically tricky course which included a seriously challenging ascent and descent of Apsley Way, Andergrove.
President Tim Magoffin and Vice-President Brendan Bishop welcomed over sixty runners and supporters to the annual event which was held in very cool conditions. All runners were set off on their official Club handicap with the winner of the Award to be the first male or female member to cross the line. Lauren Connor’s brave effort in her very first ever 10km was rewarded with an outstanding second place behind the talented Oliver Rule.
Heli Talinurm made a welcome return to running, taking gold in the 5km from her handicap start. Jarrod Mackie registered an excellent 5km time to be the first male home based on his handicap start. Runners enjoyed the perfect running conditions despite the temperature being in single figures as they warmed up prior to their race start. The bright cloudless sky and low knots assisted runners produce some excellent performances with personal best times recorded by several runners including Carolyn Mapes.
Many thanks to Yuwi Country and The Grove for allowing use of their tree covered car park for a couple of hours, much appreciated!
Contributed by Janelle Tilse
2022 The Grove 10km Handicap Champion, Heli Talinurm hands the coveted trophy to 2023 Champion, Oliver Rule
Chrissy Evangelou takes time out from the BMA Mackay Marina Run organising committee to slot in an easy 5km at The Grove Handicap Trophy event
Michael Feenaghty strides out well in the 5km despite a niggly injury
Joe Grech, Mick Vivian and Werner VanDerLinde relax after The Grove 10km Handicap Championship event. Photo credit: Janelle Tilse