Thursday, June 27, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Road Runners Take On Historical Farmer’s Long Gallop

Over forty runners and supporters enjoyed the annual historical Farmer’s Long Gallop from Evans Avenue on a very breezy but sunny day last Sunday on June 23.  The forty-eight-year-old event is a favourite among members for its technical difficulty in the 17km and fast out-and-back racing in the 5km. 

Junior champion runner, Luke Leven unfortunately missed the 17km event due to double booking himself, however, his sister, Lily showed her speedy style in the 5km coming in 2nd behind previous Junior Club Champion, Ashlee Scott.  

The fastest in the Farmers 17km was Mick Vivian who also came second across the line on handicap behind big improver, Clinton Mackie. Clinton as well as Mick backed up well after their 30km Club Championship race the previous weekend, as did Shane Donnollen, Teresa Hackney, Carmel Mahon, Tahnie Malagueno and Brenda Windsor.  Impressive running was seen from the girls in the 17km with the fastest lady being Alana Knezevic ahead of Mel Esau, Teresa Hackney, Tahnie Malagueno, Rhian Massey, Glynis Forse, Carmel, Brenda and Judy Zahn. 

Tahnie scored first female via the handicap start race style with Teresa and Mel snatching silver and bronze respectively.  Levi Wallace had a sensational first event with the Mackay Road Runners in the 17km with a view for bigger, better and faster things to come.  Tim Caddy made a welcome return to racing, clocking an impressive comeback time alongside Oliver Rule, Brad Fraser, Mick Scholer, Craig Robinson, Robin Stinson, Werner VanderLinde and David Isbister. 
Steve Tregear had a golden handicap win over Andrew Wallace and Michael Feenaghty as the top three charged over the 5km finish line ahead of first handicapped female Jo Hughes. Jo nudged out fastest 5km female Ashlee Scott based on the handicap start followed by Lily Leven, Natasha Joynson, Neah Carciano and Jan Smith.  Jared Mackie’s sizzling 5km race time was the fastest however, relegated him to 8th across male and female handicap starters. Excellent 5km efforts also came from Darrin Pullen, Andrew Short and Len Haworth.
This Sunday’s Cape Hillsborough Reef Forest 5km/9km will commence at the Cape Hillsborough parklands playground from 7am.

Contributed By Janelle Tilse

Talented and legendary Mackay Road Runners, Judy Zahn and Ashlee Scott.
Rhian Massey & Glynis Forse ready to run!
Farmer’s Gallop namesake and dearly departed Fred Farmer (2nd right) is picture perfect alongside (left to right), Club President Brendan Bishop, Andrew Short, Len Haworth and Vice-President Mick Scholer.
Fastest human at the Farmer’s Gallop, Mick Vivian. Images supplied

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