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14 August, 2021

Cool runners take up Eimeo challenge

MACKAY Road Runners enjoyed a very cool start to their Sunday morning with the popular but challenging annual Eimeo Pub 5km, 14km run from the Pub’s carpark precinct.

Commencing from the starter’s hands at 7am, over thirty runners enjoyed the Eimeo Pub’s location and world renowned vistas before commencing the downward trek onto magnificent Mango Avenue towards Dolphin Heads, Blacks Beach and Eimeo Villages. Club President, Tim Magoffin welcomed new runners and existing club members before advising the very technical course which was very accurately signed and set up by Andrew Short and Tim.

The 5km course through to Dolphin Heads and return was flat and fast compared to the 14km event which took runners through the winding streets of Busuttin Avenue and beyond for a tricky loop around the Eimeo State School before linking up via the same course for the return trip to the finish line. Although the handicap start event had backmarkers, Mick Scholer and Joe Grech wait thirty-five minutes for their start, Joe Grech came storming home first ahead of the rest of the 14km competitors. 

 Joe and Mick’s performances were impressive as they showed no signs of fatigue after their Townsville Marathon event the previous weekend. Exceptional performances also came from June Bradley, Jo Skinner, Glynis Forse and Jose Short who were involved in 38km and 80km cycling events and 25km and 55km running events at the Eungella Mackay Mountain Marathon last Sunday.

 All runners enjoyed perfect running conditions, although five k’ers were just warming up, then crossed the finish line...race done! This Sunday’s Mackay Road Runners’ Signature event will be the North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) Open and Podiatry Mackay Junior Magic Mile will commence from the start of the Breakwater. 

 The Club Championship event also welcomes casual day runners and all members to partake in a quick or slow 800 metre sprint out onto the beautiful breakwater before returning to the finish line.

 There will be open and junior sections with cash prizes and vouchers for winners in each category.   

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