NQ run ti­tle for Steve Jack­son

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

HAMIL­TON Is­land’s Steve Jack­son has se­cured the NQ Half Marathon Se­ries ti­tle af­ter a strong per­for­mance in Townsville on the week­end.

Jack­son fin­ished 11th in the 500-strong field and now boasts an unas­sail­able lead with one race re­main­ing in the se­ries.

Jack­son has run in Ayr, Mackay and Air­lie be­fore the week­end’s event in Townsville, and can­not be over­taken on the se­ries leader board be­cause points are tal­lied from your best four races – de­spite the fact there’s still a race in Cairns to be run.

The Townsville event fea­tures the sec­ond old­est marathon in Aus­tralia, and the fes­ti­val also in­cludes half-marathon, 10km, 5km and cor­po­rate runs. Fel­low lo­cal Ni­cola Young took on her first marathon and han­dled the hot con­di­tions ad­mirably to fin­ish in 4:49.

Mark McCon­key was his usual steady self, sneak­ing in for a time of 1:50.57. He was pipped by fel­low club mem­ber, Ju­lia Whe­way, whose 1:47.02 was good enough for fourth in her di­vi­sion. At the shorter, sharper end of the event, triath­lete Kyle Pe­vitt-Scott of Hamil­ton Is­land used the Townsville 10km as part of his prepa­ra­tion for the up­com­ing triathlon sea­son, run­ning a sharp 43.10 for the jour­ney.

Justin Knight-Gray also scur­ried home, clock­ing 20.06, which was good enough for fifth over­all in the 5km event.

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