Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Extreme humidity and stifling conditions met close to thirty avid runners at the sixth event on the Mackay Road Runners Shawn’s Summer Social Series 2023/2024 program. Club Captain and Race Director, Jim Ford congratulated the runners on their amazing efforts to get through their respective events due to the tough on course conditions.
Junior champion female athlete, Lily Leven courageously led from the start in the 5 kilometre and impressively hung on to place first overall, despite some concern over her sometimes challenged directional fortitude.
Damian Rutland finished first in the male 5 kilometre, sensibly ramping up his pace as he returns from an injury.
Darrin Pullen, Jo Hughes, Leanne Connor and Kim Saron also displayed skill in the 5 kilometre performances. Leading female runner Alana Knesevic continued her excellent form to place first in the 10 kilometre, with the talented Naomi Ballard closing in fast at the finish line. The outing was tough for all concerned, including new runners and experienced runners alike.
This Sunday’s event commences at 5:15pm from the Mackay Harbour Surf Club carpark, with attendees asked to arrive at 5pm for a race briefing and any Mackay Road Runners Club notices.
Check out the Mackay Road Runners website for the upcoming formal 2024 calendar and Annual General Meeting. Merchandise is also currently available to order, with discounts on most items pending arrival of new stock for the coming year.
Contributed by Janelle Tilse
Mackay Road Runners Life Member Agnes Farmer enjoys the comforts of the Shawn’s Summer Social Series thanks to Len Haworth’s considerate gesture
Damien Rutland cruised a very steady 5km pace in the extreme conditions
Staunch Mackay Road Runner’s athlete Naomi Ballard will be a regular face on the local running scene as her family move back to Mackay
Photo credit: Janelle Tilse