Sil­ver for Jack­son in Mackay 21km run

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

HAMIL­TON Is­land’s Steve Jack­son flew the flag for the Whit­sun­days at the week­end, fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the Mackay Ma­rina Run half-marathon.

Jack­son started Sun­day’s race con­ser­va­tively, con­scious of his up­com­ing 70.3 race in Cairns, be­fore lift­ing the tempo at the 8km stage.

Hav­ing run in a small pack with even­tual women’s win­ner Vic­to­ria Beck, Jack­son saw the group ahead begin to splin­ter with the early pace and sought about pick­ing off peren­nial spar­ring part­ner Shawn Clay­ton.

Jack­son then en­gaged in a battle with Amer­i­can track star Liam Mum­ford, and the two jos­tled for much of the race. As the course wound its way out from the city, Mum­ford fi­nally re­lented head­ing back to­wards the ma­rina.

With lit­tle time to spare, Jack­son stepped up the pace and pulled away to fin­ish in 1:17:47 be­hind Sun­shine Coast-based elite ath­lete Jack­son El­liott.

Jack­son wasn’t the only run­ner to do the re­gion proud with fel­low Whit­sun­day Triathlon Club mem­bers Kyle Pe­vitt-Scott and Elli Mitchell also in the thick of the ac­tion.

Bowen-based run­ner El­liarna Mitchell proved she had a bright fu­ture in the sport, with the 12-year-old tak­ing out the open women’s ti­tle (fifth over­all) in the 500-strong City Fit­ness 5km field.

Com­pet­ing in the DBCT 8km, Pe­vitt-Scott surged to a con­fi­dence-boost­ing top-10 fin­ish on the back of a per­sonal best 33:21. A fi­nal hit-out be­fore his maiden 70.3 Iron­man event in Cairns next week, Pe­vitt-Scott put him­self in the hurt locker as he went out hard with the early pacesetters. Re­cent train­ing paid div­i­dends for Pe­vitt-Scott, snar­ing bronze in his age group while Whit­sun­day Run­ning Club’s Mark McCon­key clocked 37:23 for fifth in his age group.

Hamil­ton Is­land’s An­nette Pick­er­ing and Shane Cook won the 8km events, fin­ish­ing in 51:22 and 47:24 re­spec­tively.

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