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8 April, 2021

Racing update: Easter Sunday Zambrero's Burrito Bolt 5k, 10k

IN very humid conditions approximately fifty runners enjoyed Mackay Road Runners annual Easter long weekend Zambrero's Burrito Bolt social 5km & 10km.

Nikki Giles (centre) off and racing in the 10km Zambrero's Burrito Bolt.

The heavy rain clouds held firm for the running of this very popular event which has been sponsored by Zambrero's Peter Quinn, family and staff for several years.

Our hosts generously donated Zambrero's restaurant vouchers as random draw prizes for runners and supporters at the post run celebratory warmdown.

The atmosphere was full of jovial comrarderie in the warm up to the event which continued both on the track and afterwards at the rehydration session.

Many thanks once again to special Mackay Road Runners supporters and sponsors, Zambrero's Mackay City.

The ominous stormy clouds that have been prevelant over the last few days threatened but did not release for the running of the Zambrero's Burrito Bolt, however, this only added to the humidity and stifling conditions on the track which took runners from the City onto the scenic pathways of the Bluewater Trail and Catherine Freeman Trail.

Mackay Road Runners had an enormous contingent of female runners at the social Easter Sunday Zambrero's Burrito Bolt 5/10km event.

The oppressively steamy conditions on the out and back paved course through the mangroves towards the Ron Camm Bridge for the 5km turnaround and beyond for the 10km was certainly an unexpected challenge with many runners wishing for the rains to fall, even just a little!

Junior runners, Lily Leven, Millie Bishop, Lachlan Walker, Alex Coundrey and Luke Leven had an enjoyable time in both events, although Luke might be up for a new pair of running shoes after today's efforts...thanks Mum!

The Mackay Road Runners love to support and encourage our junior runners to become involved our events.

The Club's minimum age for junior runners is twelve due to the health and safety risks involved in younger children running the bigger distances too early too soon.

Lachlan Walker, Daniel Walker and Carmel Mahon ready for the social Easter Sunday Zambrero's Bolt 5km and 10km.

Mackay Road Runners would like to see our juniors continue on with running well into adulthood if they choose, however, being conscious of their body growth/joints, juniors is vital for their future mobility whether running or not.

Meanwhile as our senior male runners Rodney Elworthy, Craig McGahey, Mick Scholer, Joe Grech, Peter Ellison, Jarrod Symons, Sandy Strong, Robin Stinson, Daniel Walker, Paul Butler, Tim Magoffin and David Isbister challenged the 10km field, a talented bunch of female runners were in the mix ie Vicki Vickers, Jose Short, Carmel Mahon, Emma Johnson, Emily Dalglish, Glynis Forse, Lauren Leeson, Nikki Giles, Brenda Windsor and Jo Skinner. Five kilometre runners, Bill Morgan and his daughter Lauren Morgan lead a talented field containing but not limited to Carmel Grech, Bec Scholer, Kim Saron, Jo Hughes, Andrew Short, Kim Ford and Jeanette Farrugia.

This Sunday afternoon's event commencing 4.30pm will be the running of the Tilse Toddle, 24 Johnson Street, West Mackay.

The 5km and 10km handicap points race will feature an out and back style course for both events on the same track.

Timekeepeer/Registrar Arthur Dick known not only known for his athleticism but his height and strength!

Runners must be nominated in with the timekeeper/registrar by 4:15pm as registrations will close fifteen minutes sharp prior to gun time.

This allows all runners to be ready for the race briefing by the Race Director for the course description, club notices and other important information including vital updates on the current COVID-19 status and your obligations for same.

Members pay a race day fee of $2 and must wear their member bib numbers with timing chip on the front of themselves as this will enable the time keepers to record your placing correctly and efficiently.

Casual day runners/non members are always most welcome to attend for a race day fee of $10, however, no time will be formalised for you.

A reminder to the entire community that April is the Club's birthday month, therefore, save some space for birthday cake at the post run afternoon tea.

Talented junior runner, Alex Couldrey with Gayle Couldrey and Daniel Stampa.

Past members and those interested in Mackay Road Runners are invited to stay post race for a mini 45th birthday party with distancing of course.....all most welcome to attend, running or not.

The Club will be looking to celebrate more formally later in the year at the annual Presentation Night.

Cafe2U will also be on hand at the Tilse Toddle with their yummy coffees, lattes, frappes, etc....for purchase.

Please also note that whilst the street's residents will be advised of the event, please be mindful of parking, littering and running in the area....They are very nice neighbours, we want to keep it that way.

*By Janelle Tilse

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