Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Road Runners Run For Shawn

Mackay Road Runners and Forsyth’s Accounting Services presented the 5th Annual Shawn Claydon Memorial 10km Shield in honour of one of the Club’s most revered members.  Shawn passed away in 2018 from Pancreatic Cancer only six months after diagnosis. Well over eighty of Shawn’s family, friends, running mates and work buddies came together to support the event which raised much needed funds for Pancare (Pancreatic Cancer Research into treatment, care and support to sufferers and their families.)  Shawn’s sister and brother-in-law Sharon & Jeff Stewart-Harris as well as the Mackay Road Runners Club and major sponsor, Forsyths Accounting Services were the driving force behind the very successful event.  

Mackay Road Runners will donate the $10 race registration from sixty runners/walkers to Pancare plus funds raised from a number board raffle with prizes donated by Nanala Beauty, Harrup Park Country Club and Forsyth’s Accounting Services as well as the balance of Forsyth’s sponsorship funds and Mackay Road Runners Shawn’s Summer Social Series 2022/2023 donations which should see the donation balance in the vicinity of $1,500.

The 2023 Forsyths Accounting Services Shawn Claydon Memorial Shield 10km champions are Tahnie Malagueno (personal best time) and Oliver Rule who took out the joint perpetual trophy ahead of some great running with second placegetters Lily Leven and Toby Rule only seconds off the pace. In the 5km event, Alana Knesevic had an amazing race, with a fast finishing Abigail Sweeney settling for silver.  Darrin Pullen was in excellent form taking out the first male in the 5km Shawn Claydon Memorial Trophy.

This weekend’s Mackay Road Runners’ event will be on Saturday morning from Casu Jacks café at the Mackay Marina.

Contributed by Janelle Tilse

Shawn Claydon’s family supporting the Mackay Road Runners Forsyths Accounting Services Shawn Claydon Memorial 10km Shield

Tahnie Malagueno and Oliver Rule are joint winners of the Forsyths Accounting Services Shawn Claydon Memorial 10km Shield

Darrin Pullen (right) takes gold in the 5km Forsyths Accounting Shawn Claydon Memorial 10km Shield. (Female winner Alana Knesevic absent)

Mackay Mayor Cr Greg Williamson officially welcomed and started the 5th Forsyth’s Accounting Shawn Claydon Memorial 10km Shield/Club Championship event

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