Thursday, November 16, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Runners Blaze Trails in Shawn’s Summer Social Series

Close to thirty avid runners descended on the Netball Courts on Casey Avenue for the latest leg of the Shawn’s Summer Social Series, hosted by the Mackay Road Runners Club. The runners embarked on a scenic 5km to 10km journey through East Mackay, navigating the twists and turns of the route.

Despite an initial challenge posed by a headwind, runners persevered and soon found themselves propelled forward by a welcome tailwind.

Returning to the Mackay running scene were Glenn and Karen Baker, seasoned Mackay Road Runners Members currently in town for a brief period. The Evetts family, a standout ensemble, showcased their running prowess with four children in two running prams, leaving an unforgettable mark on the route toward the Ocean International and back.

The post-run atmosphere was festive as runners crossed the finish line, welcomed by the tradition of icy cold frozen zooper doopers. Individual highlights included Paul Mackenzie's unwavering pace, undeterred by an earlier hill training session, and Shane Barben's dedicated accumulation of kilometres in preparation for an upcoming fitness event.

The excitement continues with the next instalment of the Shawn’s Summer Social Series, offering both 5km and 10km options. Scheduled for this Sunday at 5:15 pm, the run will commence from Iluka Park, Binnington Esplanade, Town Beach. As runners gather, the pre-run buzz will include a course briefing by Jim Ford, also the Club Captain and Race Director, setting the stage for an evening of camaraderie and achievement.

As we look ahead to the 2024 season, early registration is already open for the Mackay Road Runners Club. Secure your spot now for a head start when the formal season kicks off in February, ensuring you're part of the action for what promises to be an exhilarating and rewarding year of running in Mackay.

Contributed by Janelle Tilse.

Jo Hughes (right) welcomes ex Mackay Road Runners Club Members, Glenn and Karen Baker for a 3-week secret training camp in Mackay

(Left to right) Mel Esau, Judy Zahn, Jose Wright, Glenys Forse, and Riley Matsen

Alana Knezevic with daughter, Vivian ready to run

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