Beach run gets set to show­case re­gion

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUN­NING: Putting a spot­light on White­haven Beach and the Whit­sun­days is one of the key goals for this year’s Hamil­ton Is­land Great White­haven Beach Run.

En­tries are up on last year and the event al­ready has a record num­ber of en­tries for its’ Half Marathon and 10km events with the 5km event shap­ing up as a record field.

What has race di­rec­tor Steve Jack­son most ex­cited is the reach of the event.

“The num­bers trav­el­ling to the re­gion are in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing with over 20 run­ners each from Vic­to­ria and New South Wales whilst South East Queens­land have over 30 run­ners alone. Along with run­ners from South Aus­tralia (6), Western Aus­tralia (7) and North­ern Ter­ri­tory (3) we’re hop­ing these peo­ple will be trav­el­ling home af­ter a great event ex­pe­ri­ence and speak­ing highly of the re­ju­ve­na­tion of the re­gion,” he said.

The chance to run on one of the world’s most iconic beaches is lur­ing com­peti­tors from around the coun­try and Jack­son is urg­ing lo­cals to do the same.

“I think the temp­ta­tion is, be­cause it’s on your doorstep, is to think that you can get out to White­haven at any time. But in our busy world, it quite of­ten gets pushed to the back of our pri­or­ity list. Hope­fully the ex­pe­ri­ence of the past few months has taught us to em­brace the present and en­joy the beauty that sur­rounds us.”

Lo­cals ben­e­fit, with en­try in­clud­ing re­turn ferry trans­fers from ei­ther Port of Airlie or Hamil­ton Is­land it­self with Cruise Whit­sun­days.

White­haven Beach is just over 6km in length and run­ners will tra­verse the course on the hard packed sand of low tide.

Regis­tra­tions are open for the 5km and 10km events, Half Marathon, the ju­nior 500m dash or 1.5km event and the 3x 400m re­lays. Visit hamil­ton­is­land.com.au. IT WAS a quiet week for the Airlie Beach Bridge Club last week with a num­ber of play­ers away.

There were no games at all played on Mon­day due to player num­bers be­ing down.

On Thurs­day evening, bridge play­ers Linda Pri­day and Tr­ish Rouse won three rub­bers to two against play­ers Gil­lian Blackie and Neil Cawthorne.

Vis­i­tors and new play­ers are al­ways wel­come to Airlie Beach Bridge Club with lessons held on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

The club plays on Mon­day from 12.30pm and Thurs­day from 6.30pm at the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre.

For more de­tails on the club or if you would like to get along to one of their ses­sions, play­ers are en­cour­aged to con­tact Linda Pri­day on 0432 777 571 to reg­is­ter their in­ter­est.

PHOTO: CHRIS LEES

AMAZ­ING: Steve Moneghetti at the start of the 10km sec­tion of the Great White­haven Beach Run last year.

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