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4 July, 2021

Runners blitz infamous challenge

AROUND forty Mackay Road Runners entered the infamously challenging Robbo’s 69 Steps 5km and 10km event.

The crisp, windy conditions prevailed throughout the entire event, although was per- fect for running as no snow on the many testing Mt Pleasant hilltops. Club President, Tim Magoffin, welcomed the courageous crowd before he described the two loop course for 10k’ers with one loop option for the 5km.

The event namesake and former Mackay Road Runners member, Graham Robinson, loved setting a sizzling pace on the 69 steps be- tween High and Pollock Streets, Mt Pleasant.

Runners bolted from their individual club handicap start lead by Club stalwarts, Stu- art Sprott, Jan Smith and Colin Hardy. Ross Vickers was in fine form as he raced the first downhill section to maintain a consistent pace, finishing first overall on handicap in the 10km.

New Member, Angela Seng made another re- sounding stamp on local turf as she blitzed the 10km, crossing the line first for the girls and third overall via her handicap start. Although, unrivalled favourites of the day were Jeannine and Owen from Cafe2U who, without taking a step on Robbo’s route, were the major prize as far as runners/supporters were concerned!

Ten and five kilometre runners enjoyed a speedy outing despite the conditions with ex- cellent results open for review by the handi- capper in the wake of superb running by Hamish Donnollan, Ross Vickers, Tim Magof- fin, Teresa Hackney, Emma Johnson, Tahnie Malagueno, Carolyn Steginga, Mick Scholer, Alex Couldrey, Joe Grech, John Couldrey, Dee McMurtrie, Derek Woods, Peter Ellison, Bec Scholer, Jeanette Farrugia, Glynis Forse, Ste- phen Oberg, Jarrod Symonds, Cooper Leeson, David Isbister and Robin Stinson.

Great to see Stuart Sprott return to the stage after a serious injury absence. Andrew Wallace enjoyed a return to the warm temperatures of the local running scene after a hiatus in chilly Bathurst. Carmel Mahon, Jo Hughes, Judy Zahn, Jo Ashford, Simon Henderson, Merv Shields maintained excellent consistency throughout their respective events.

Many thanks once again to race day volun- teers including registrar/ timekeepers, Arthur Dick and Julie Whibley and race setup/packup, Andrew Short and Tim Magoffin.

Due to the Gold Coast Marathon being on this weekend, Mackay Road Runners will con- tinue their weekly events this weekend with a very social 5km and 10km from the Bluewater Quay at 4pm. All welcome for a $2 race fee for members, $10 race fee for casual day runners.

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