Young runner smashing parkrun
PARKRUN: The first runner home at the running of the 99th Airlie Beach parkrun was a visiting athlete from the Wakefield Triathlon Club in the UK.
Michael Hemsworth crossed the line ahead of local parkrun stalwart, Justin Knight-Grey in a time of 20:26.
Female runners proved they could match their male counterparts with three female athletes in the top six finishers at Saturday’s 5km run.
First woman home was Aimee Sulzberger who put in a massive effort to hold off Riana Young Cashinella, who slip-streamed the leader for the duration of the run.
Across the line in third was travelling parkrunner Charlotte Vaux.
Vaux’s, home run is Ashton Court parkrun in the UK, which regularly gets 500.
Normally a sub-22 minute runner, Vaux after the run said she was not used to the heat and found it heavy going in the Whitsundays.
While in Australia, Vaux has added parkrun dates to her profile in Cottesloe, Darwin and Cairns.
A total of 55 runners strapped joggers on their feet for the 99th running of the Airlie Beach event and one who deserves a special shout out is young Jack Oberg.
Oberg smashed his Airlie Beach parkrun personal best for the second week in a row.
Slicing his time down from 51:47 to 37:33 and on Saturday he ran a 33:18
Next week for the first triple digit milestone is is hoped 100 people will arrive at Abell Point Marina.
Airlie Beach parkrun thanks volunteers, Shane Bellert, Heather Carr, Margaret Coote, Robyn Corrigan, Rebecca Hadley, Peter Moore, Chris Murphy and Maree Reardon.
BIG FINISH: Jack, Nicci and Evie Oberg cross the line at the Airlie Beach parkrun on Saturday.