Road Runners make the trip north and scoop pool
PARKRUN: A whole bunch of newbies joined the Airlie Beach parkrun this week and wasted no time in posting great achievements.
Making the trip north, the Mackay Road Runners have taken the top two spots this week from Sydney North Shore parkrunner Darren Edwards.
Mark McFadzen was the first across the line this week, finishing one minute 15 seconds in front of his Road Runner buddy Greame Harris.
Nikki Giles was the first woman across the line in a new personal best and an impressive time of 23 minutes and 32 seconds.
Giles was part of a group of runners all finishing near the 23 minute mark.
Competition for fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth position was fierce – all runners finishing within 30 seconds of each other.
The second woman across the line this week was Ruth Roberts and insurgents from the Mackay Road Runners made their presence known via third woman over the line Megan Moa.
Airlie Beach parkrun numbers almost doubled from last week’s run, with a total of 56 runners taking in the sights of Shingley Beach and the Abell Point Marina.
The inaugural parkrun Mackay is due to get under way on Saturday, April 16.
After a few very early Saturday mornings to run in the Airlie parkrun, they will soon have their very own course to tear up.
This week, general manager of parkrun Australia and Whitsunday local Tim Oberg will return to the Airlie Beach parkrun after a stint in South Africa.
Again, parkrun Airlie Beach wishes to thank all the volunteers who sacrifice their own race to make it possible for others to run each week.
Parkrun departs Abell Point Marina every Saturday at 7am.