Festival has running start
MORE than 350 runners took part in the inaugural Airlie Beach Running Festival on the weekend with runners competing in 5km, 10km and half marathon races.
Event organiser Wendy Downes was thrilled at the response to the event which saw 352 runners from right across the state compete in courses that showcased the Airlie Beach lagoon, boardwalk, Port of Airlie and Boat haven Beach.
“Everybody was very positive with their feedback and we had great support from all our volunteers on the day. A lot of people commented on the course and it really showcased just how beautiful the Whitsundays are,” she said.
Hamilton Island runner Steve Jackson won the male half-marathon with a great time of 1 hour 18 minutes and 18 seconds, just ahead of fellow Hamo athlete Ryan Palazzi (1.22.04) and Pro- serpine runner Josh Dyke (1.25.54).
Visiting Brisbane runner Glenda Banaghan took out the ladies halfmarathon in 1.32.27, seeing out strong competition from local runner-up Dawn Romanella (1.38.44) and Erin Pearce (1.41.39).
Scotsmen David Hunter won the 10km race for the men ahead of Shawn Claydon and Jack Simpson while Andrea Wendt reigned supreme in the women’s event ahead of runner-up Judi Cavanagh and Annette Munckton.
In the 5km race, young runner Angus Menzies was the first male home, beating Ji Rudd and Aaron Creagan for the win. Niki Lanigan was the fastest female over 5km, ahead of runner-up Rachel Evans and third placegetter Laura Kulmar.
A full list of results is available at www.whitsundayrunningclub.com.au.
FIRST HOME: Airlie Beach Running Festival half-marathon winner Steve Jackson (centre) with runner-up Ryan Palazzi (left) and third placegetter Josh Dyke.
GREAT EFFORT: Erin Pearce (third), Dawn Romanella (second) and women's half marathon champion and visitor to the Whitsundays, Glenda Banaghan all did extremely well at the inaugural Airlie Beach Running Festival on Sunday.
RUNNING FUN: Mens’ 10km winner David Hunter and third placegetter Jack Simpson at the festival presentation.