Road Run­ners make the trip north and scoop pool

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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