Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Road Runners Report

Mackay Road Runners held a very social 5km and 10km afternoon run/walk from Bluewater Quay in perfectly cool and sunny conditions, although the seriously swirling headwind on the return trip across Forgan Smith Bridge was a bit testing.  

Great to see the return of Colin Hardy, Carol Brown and Jarrod Mackie for a rare Sunday afternoon event with the Mackay Road Runners.  

Carolyn Mapes had a sensational 10km run backing up well after her third place in the Eungella King of the Mountain the previous weekend. Her sprint finish just pipped Andrew Wallace on the finish line as she came from behind in a final effort to pass him.  Reigning Queen of last weekend’s Eungella King of the Mountain had the tough job of pushing the kids in the double pram which was quite testing on the 2.5km return trip where a serious headwind turned the pram into a sail without a rudder.  

Congratulations to Airlie Running Festival competitors where local runners proudly flew the Mackay banner.  Mick Vivian had a terrific run clocking 3 hours 11 minutes and one second claiming the silver medal in the Marathon ahead of clubmate, Paul Mackenzie (3:23:06). Nigel Thomas and Brenda Windsor also took on the 42.2km distance with ease.  Half Marathon Mackay Road Runners, Kay Nyenuh, Martin Lambert, Lisa Burns and Carole Dawes all put in solid performances as did Tia Gorrie, Chrissy Evangelou and Kim Ford in the 10km.

Sadly this weekend’s Beach to Gardens event has been cancelled therefore, as there was no scheduled run on the Road Runners calendar due to this event, the club has decided on a run from the Bluewater Quay at 4.30pm.  Keep an eye out for notices from the Club Secretary throughout the week with further details.

Well done to our junior contingent of runners who travelled to Hervey Bay representing the Capricornia Team – results unavailable at time of writing.

Contributed by Janelle Tilse

Good hearted heckling by Carolyn Mapes and Andrew Wallace as Carolyn manages a sprint to pip Andrew at the finish line

Colin Hardy made a welcome return to the Mackay Road Runners afternoon social event. Photo credit: Janelle Tilse

In other news