Thursday, September 14, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Runners Brave The Wild On Gooseponds Gallop

John Breen Park in North Mackay provided a stunning backdrop for the Mackay Road Runners on Sunday morning, 10th September, for their ‘Gooseponds Gallop’ - a self-paced, social loop event for local endurance runners.

The basic loop consists of a 2.3-kilometre run, however some keen participants committed themselves to go the extra distance, with 4.6km and 6.9km trials also being completed.

Endurance Queen, Jose Short completed four loops, or 10.2km of the circuit in what is described as a ‘low-key training session’ for her abilities, alongside her training buddy, June Bradley.

While dodging local wildlife and taking in the scenic views, over thirty runners took part in the event, welcomed by Club President, Tim Magoffin.  

The club also saw newcomers attending, some travelling from as far as Sarina Beach to catch the action.

This coming Sunday, the annual ‘Shields Stampede’ commences at 4pm. The event is set to begin at the home of Life Members’, Wendy and Merv at 21 Karl Langer Crescent.

This course will provide the options of a 5km or 12km run, travelling throughout the suburbs of Andergrove and Beaconsfield, finishing with afternoon tea at the finish line in Mt Pleasant.

The Mackay Road Runners stick to a busy schedule with an upcoming Presentation Dinner, Wednesday track sessions with Jim Ford and the pinnacle of the season’s calendar, the coveted Benita Willis 10km Handicap Trophy.

New runner, Len Howarth (left) is welcomed by Mackay Road Running Members, Jan Smith, Stuart Sprott and Jen White.

Darrin Pullen and Jose Short enjoy a run and a chat at the social ‘Gooseponds’ Circuit.

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