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27 June, 2021

Road Runners hold successful meet

THE Mackay Road Runners 5km Junior and 30km Club Championships were held last weekend with a 15km option for runners not quite up to the longer distance.

Hosts Brendan, Julie, Millie and Hughie Bishop very generously opened up their home in the wee hours of the morning to support runners in a bid to earn themselves valuable age and open club championship points towards end of year trophies.

The Bishops have been staging this event for several years now, with a post race sausage sizzle as well as Hughie’s home made luscious red Icy Cups and Millie’s unique indigenous trendy hair/arm scrunchies for sale with funds going towards the Cathy Freeman Foundation - “Education changes Lives”.

Vital Mackay Road Runners Club volun- teers were up way before dawn to set up the 5/15/30km courses which was a huge task due to the distances options available.

At 6am, approximately thirty 30km runners with headlamps were sent into the darkness by the club’s awesome registrar/timekeeper/treasurer, Arthur Dick.

Many thanks to Arthur for giving up his 30km race to support other runners’ achieve- ments!

First placed male, Mick Scholer ran a clinically focussed race from the gun, scoring gold ahead of second placed Joe Grech.

Demi Caldwell continued her winning ways as she lead the 30km female field and secured herself maximum club championship points.

Demi’s excellent performance over the 30km proved she is a huge contender for the over all open female club champion, racking up wins in earlier shorter club championship races so far this year.

Ultra marathoner, Ainslie Heinke’s out- standing 30km efforts has also put her in the mix for future podium finishes alongside half ironman competitor, Jose Short.

Michael Feenaghty surged past the 15km leader, Derek Woods at the halfway mark to secure a win in the 15km event with Alana Knesevic scorching over the course to take the top podium position for the girls.

Millie Bishop found time out in her busy morning retail schedule to secure gold in the 5km junior club championship with Hamish Donnallan victorious in the junior male section.

This Sunday morning’s 5km and 10km Robbo’s 69 Steps from the Gordon White Library, Mt Pleasant, will be another challenging affair but definitely a worthwhile outing with racing to commence at 7am sharp.

Runners are to be registered in with the timekeeper 15 minutes prior to gun time with race chip bib attached.

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