Parkrun­ners to boost run­ning fest num­bers

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

PARKRUN: The num­bers were down on last week’s parkrun but a solid field of 33 com­peti­tors took to the fore­shore course on Satur­day.

Found­ing mem­ber and parkrun com­peti­tor Wendy Downes could of­fer no ex­pla­na­tion for this.

“Num­bers will al­ways fluc- tu­ate, no one knows why,” she said.

Peter Moore, for the third week in a row, crossed the line first in a time of 20:27 more than a full minute be­hind his was Oliver Pur­cell who posted a 21:34 and the third run­ner home was Nic Cas­tle.

Aimee Sulzberger and Heidi Moore en­gaged in a great tus­sle for first woman over the line. Sulzberger in the end did pre­vail, cross­ing ahead of Moore - just 38 sec­onds di­vided the two.

First time run­ners con­tinue to join the parkrun fold at Air­lie Beach. Last week’s run wel­comed Oliver Pur­cell, Dan Mor­gan and Flynn Pur­cell.

Downs said she be­lieved the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Run­ning, held on July 16 and 17, will draw reg­u­lar parkrun­ners to the greater dis­tances.

“I think they will com­pete in the fes­ti­val be­cause of the ex­cite­ment and you can en­ter a team,” she said.

There will be a 5km, 10km and a half marathon event that will leave from the Broad­wa­ter car park next to the la­goon in Air­lie Beach.

The kids races will be held on Satur­day af­ter parkrun on and the adult dis­tances will be con­tested on the Sun­day.

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