Beach run of­fi­cially sells out

White­haven ready for ma­jor event

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUN­NING: In a ma­jor boost for the re­gion, the Great White­haven Beach Run is of­fi­cially a sell-out.

De­spite the ad­di­tion of larger char­ter boats, the 40% in­crease on reg­is­tra­tions from last year has forced the or­gan­is­ers to close en­tries for the event.

“Ob­vi­ously we’d like to share the ex­pe­ri­ence with as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble and we will cer­tainly ex­plore in­creas­ing ca­pac­ity for fu­ture events, but we’re also con­scious of pro­vid­ing a great ex­pe­ri­ence and look­ing af­ter the stun­ning White­haven Beach,” event man­ager Brooke Evans said af­ter be­ing ec­static with the re­sult.

En­tries have come from far and wide with run­ners com­ing from both over­seas and more than 75 com­ing from in­ter­state. It’s an in­di­ca­tion of the growth and reach of the Hamil­ton Is­land En­durance Series but also the ap­peal of the re­gion for run­ners.

“There’s count­less run­ning events around the coun­try, so the draw­card of White­haven Beach, be­ing able to run on one of the top ten beaches in the world, is ob­vi­ously res­onat­ing with run­ners and fam­i­lies. It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to see the growth in this event and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing all the com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors to this truly iconic run­ning lo­ca­tion,” Race di­rec­tor Steve Jack­son said.

Pick­ing a win­ner with so many un­known run­ners adds to the in­trigue, with the field likely to throw up a few sur­prises on Sun­day.

One such sur­prise may well come from Hamil­ton Is­land’s Ash­lea Achilles, who re­turns to run­ning af­ter a long hia­tus. An elite ju­nior, Achilles has found her love for the sport and will be a real threat in the 10km event. Young gun El­liarna Mitchell, from Bowen, will be favourite in the 5km af­ter dom­i­nat­ing the re­cent Mackay Ma­rina Run, while Mackay’s Shawn Clay­don will look to go one bet­ter than his run­ner-up fin­ish in last year’s Half Marathon.

PHOTO: AN­DREA FRANCOLINI

BIG FIELD: The Great White­haven Beach Run has re­ported en­tries up more than 40% on last year.

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