Jack­son’s 10km re­turn win

Whit­sun­day run­ners set for big races

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Dane Lilling­stone dane.lilling­stone@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

RUN­NING: Hamil­ton Is­land Activities and Sports Events man­ager Steve Jack­son isn’t just an or­gan­iser of some of the big­gest sport­ing events in the Whitsundays, he’s also a fine ath­lete.

Jack­son re­turned from the Bur­dekin Su­gar Rush in Ayr over the week­end with a win in the 10km event.

The win was made all the more im­pres­sive as Jack­son was re­turn­ing to com­pe­ti­tion af­ter an 18month break due to fam­ily and work com­mit­ments.

“I’m just try­ing to get back in rac­ing shape. I was pretty happy. I’m not in per­sonal best shape just yet but def­i­nitely still mov­ing back to some sem­blance of good form,” he said.

He trav­elled to the event with a small con­tin­gent of Whit­sun­day run­ners, with Chris Tay­lor fin­ish­ing the half marathon in 1.36 hours while Dora Dale fin­ished in a solid time of 1.41 hrs.

“It was a low key event but there were some good run­ners from around the re­gion,” Jack­son said.

“It was good just to test the wa­ter and see where you’re at fit­ness-wise.”

Jack­son said while he won’t be com­pet­ing in the events he or­gan­ises, he plans on run­ning the 10km at the Gold Coast in July and a few other events through­out the year in­clud­ing the Air­lie Beach Run­ning Fes­ti­val.

Run­ning ac­tion con­tin­ues this week­end, with a num­ber of Whit­sun­day and Hamil­ton Is­land Run­ning Club mem­bers head­ing south for the Mackay Ma­rina Run. New­comer Ge­or­gia Rogers is run­ning in the 8km event, along­side fel­low is­landers Ebony and Steve Jack­son, Natasha Helsham, Re­becca Hadley, Shane Bellert and Kyle Pe­vitt-Scott.

It will be their last hit out be­fore the up­com­ing Great White­haven Beach Run.

“Ev­ery­thing is in place. The beach is look­ing bet­ter and bet­ter all the time,” Jack­son said.

“It should be a re­ally good com­pe­ti­tion.”

PHOTO: RORY SHEAVILS

RE­TURN: The Air­lie Beach Run­ning Fes­ti­val Half Marathon win­ner from 2015 (pic­tured here) Steve Jack­son has claimed an­other win.

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