Fes­ti­val has run­ning start

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUN­NING

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.

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