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9 July, 2021

Mixed emotions for local runners

THERE were mixed emotions for hundreds of local runners as the 42nd Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon which was to be held over the weekend was cancelled only days before the event. The event was being promoted as the largest mass-participation event in Australia since COVID-19 decimated the event and festival industry across Australia more than 12 months ago.


RUNNERS: Carolyn Steginga (L) and Tahnie Malagueno

THERE were mixed emotions for hundreds of local runners as the 42nd Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon which was to be held over the weekend was cancelled only days before the event.

The event was being promoted as the largest mass-participation event in Australia since COVID-19 decimated the event and festival industry across Australia more than 12 months ago.

However, due to the latest COVID outbreak, the comeback event was not to be, as organisers made the decision to cancel the event for the second year in a row.

However, in lieu, the silver lining was that Mackay’s running royalty then recalibrated their disappointment by taking to the streets of Mackay last Saturday to support local marathoner runner, Brenda Windsor, who was completing her seventh marathon in seven days. Her original plan was also crushed at the final hurdle where she was to compete once again in the Bravehearts’ 777 Marathon.

This is where participants run seven marathons in seven days in seven states to raise funds for the prevention of child sexual assault and exploitation.

Brenda went to plan B, C, D and E to complete the entire seven marathons in the state of Queensland. Her road crew and supporters were as amazing as the woman herself, congratulations Brenda and Team!

Meanwhile locally, approximately thirty runners met at the Bluewater Quay on a beautiful sunny winter’s Sunday afternoon to enjoy a very social 5km and 10km run from the Quay across The Forgan Smith Bridge towards the Harbour.

The out and back course allowed runners to choose their own turnaround point due to the social nature of the event.

Mackay Road Runners are turning to another social event this Sunday from the same location, ie Bluewater Quay with social running heading in the opposite direct along Sandfly Creek trail with various turnaround options up to 10km at the individual’s discretion.

All runners and supporters are to be mindful of COVID safe guidelines at all times by adhering to the Queensland Government’s strict social distancing and sanitising regulations as well as safe coughing and sneezing practices.

Let’s be very conscious of looking after ourselves and the community by abiding strictly to the rules that are in place for everyone’s safety.


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