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25 May, 2021

Mackay Road Runners enjoy their run

Mackay Road Runners enjoyed perfectly damp and cool running conditions as they raced from the Catherine Freeman Oval, Slade Point towards Lamberts Beach Reserve and return.

Lorraine Perry, Bernadine McKinnon, Vicki Vickers, Jo Hughes and Pam Houston warm up for their respective 5km and 11km events.

Mackay Road Runners enjoyed perfectly damp and cool running conditions as they raced from the Catherine Freeman Oval, Slade Point towards Lamberts Beach Reserve and return. 

The 5km loop did not take in the sandy shores this year due to the high tide, however, a double loop was available for the 11km runners.

 In the absence of President, Tim Magoffin, Race Director, Andrew Short rose as usual in the early hours to mark and set a revised course with distinctive road directions, water aid stations and a clear verbal  briefing so that participants were in no doubt as to where they were going. 

Andrew needs to be congratulated on the awesome role he performs for the Club without fuss so that racing can commence on time, every time, every week. 

Where would the Club be without him as well as it's many other extraordinary volunteers including timekeeper/treasurer Arthur Dick, Vice President, Vicki Vickers, Secretary, Julie Whibley, Registrar, Lindsey Wiggins, club uniform co-ordinators Jose Short/Jo Hughes, trail running enthusiasts, The Lost Bunyips' Matt Stevens, Jaylene Harrison, Thomas Wendt and Ainslie Heinke. 

The club, steered by it's leading hand (President), Tim Magoffin, are in very capable hands with so many people generous with their time.

Timekeeper Arthur Dick was in total effortless control as  he checked off runners at the pre-race registration table as well as getting runners started and on the road on their individual handicap times.

That may sound easy, but with approximately thirty eager runners keen to be on their way before the heavens well and truly opened up, this was no mean feat. In his usual jovial style and no microphone, the shorter handicapped markers were sent off first with the higher back markers having to wait several minutes or more for their start time.

Excellent performances were seen across the board with several runners surprisingly clocking personal best (PB) times in the testing conditions.

Five kilometre runner, Justin Rule was ecstatic with his one and a half minute PB as he faced a sprint off to the finish line against Lindsey Wiggins.

Vicki Vickers and Jose Short were also in great form as they still had some power in reserve after 11km on the heavy track to simultaneously  bolt to the finish line.

Demi Caldwell and Alex Couldrey had a tough task ahead being at the higher end of the  handicap system, however, were both victorious in clocking the fastest male and female times in the 11km race.

The handicap format was perfect for talented junior runners, Hamish Donnollan, Luke Leven and Alex as they bravely took on the 11km course instead of the shorter 5km option.

All boys are clearly improving in leaps and bounds as they step up to the challenge of the longer distance events.  Excellent running also came from the rest of the talented field including Mick Scholer, Joe Grech, Bill Morgan, Lorraine Perry, Pam Houston, Jo Hughes, Bernadine McKinnon, Leanne Connor, Ross Connor, Shane Donnollan, Peter Ellison, Werner Van Der Linde, Alana Ford, Carmel Mahon, Jan Smith, Lizanne Kenworthy, Jeanette Farrugia, Simon Henderson, Michael Feenaghty and Andrew Short.  Legendary masters runners' Merv Shields, Stuart Sprott and David Isbister, who were collectively carrying several minor ailments of various bits and pieces, were also in fine form as they skimmed over their respective course distances.

Congratulations once again to Ultra Trail running competitors, Ainslie Heinke, Tim Caddy, Heli Talinurn, Peter Shuttlewood, Matthew Graves, Tahnie Malagueno, Jaylene Harrison, Catrina Snee, Bronwyn Overall, Jenny Harmer and Bec Lamont, who last weekend raced at Katoomba in varying course options including 22km, 30km, 50km and 100km in temperatures declared the worst they have been for this event with a two degree temperature recording and a minus 5.9 chill factor.

This Sunday morning's much anticipated club event commences 7am from The Grove Tavern carpark. 

The annual Grove Tavern 10km Handicap Trophy is awarded to the first person, male or female to cross the finish line based on their correct handicap start. 

 To be eligible for the trophy, runners must be a registered financial member of Mackay Road Runners with a formal handicap, must start on their nominated handicap time and complete the 10km distance.  

There is also a 5km option, however, 5km runners will not be eligible for the 10km Handicap Trophy.  Runners are advised to ensure they are registered and paid with the timekeeper fifteen minutes prior to the 7am handicap start.  Very popular, Cafe2U South Mackay (Colin and Jeannine) will also be on hand for post race refreshments for purchase. All non-members are most welcome to attend but unfortunately ineligible for the formal trophy prize. 

Mackay Road Runners are also seeking volunteers for the Mackay Marina Run weekend, ie Saturday afternoon and Sunday for race set up/pack down, race bag distribution, 

Any amount of time you can give would be much appreciated. Please contact Janelle - or 0400 99 7432

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