Thursday, February 1, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Smiles Beneath The Sweat

team kicked off at the Bluewater Lagoon for Shawn’s Summer Social Series, experiencing excruciating heat conditions which prevailed throughout the previous week and Australia Day long weekend. Club Captain and Race Director, Jim Ford switched up the course to reduce the exposure of heat by converting the event to a four-loop style. This newly structured route catered for those who were running the longer distances as well as the shorter distances and allowed for runners to monitor themselves throughout the steaming hot, tropical day.

Acknowledging the hardy efforts of Paul Mackenzie and Grant Holmstrom who showed no signs of slowing down despite their early morning hilly training session after they decided to add Jim’s afternoon session for a bit of fun!  The younger age group included; Jarrod Mackie, Luke Leven, Lily Leven, Amber Holmstrom and Jess Harris, who performed extremely well in the testing conditions. Andrew Wallace and Carmel Mahon missed their running buddy, Steve Oberg, who’s currently in New Zealand. Speaking of NZ…David Isbister will be jetting off there shortly as well, taking his wife to celebrate her 70th birthday with family and friends and surely enjoying the much cooler climate there! Among the mighty performances on display; Greame Harris, Tim Dalton, Alana Knesevic, Glynis Forse, Leanne Coulthard, Brenda Windsor, Shane Barben, Simon Henderson, Daniel Stampa and Melissa Harris absolutely smashed it out on the day.

This Sunday’s final event for the 2023/2024 Shawn’s Summer Social Series will commence at 5.15pm from the Memorial Pool carpark opposite Canelands. There will be post run refreshments as usual, Zooper Doopers donated by Club Patron Col Meng as well as random draw prizes from the weekly $2 race fee.  The remaining funds will be donated to Pancare (Pancreatic Cancer Research).  

Contributed by Janelle Tilse

Among over thirty runners, Melissa Harris takes the lead in the early stages of the Shawn’s Summer Social Series Bluewater Lagoon penultimate event for the 2023/2024 series.

Paul MacKenzie leads junior talent, Jarrod Mackie in the four loop 10km Bluewater Lagoon event.

Mackay Road Runners Jo, Kim, Leanne, Lauren and Glynis welcome new runner Michelle (2nd left).

Carmel Mahon, Andrew Wallace and Leanne Coulthard missing their running buddy, Steve who is in NZ.

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