Young run­ner smash­ing parkrun

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

BIG FIN­ISH: Jack, Nicci and Evie Oberg cross the line at the Air­lie Beach parkrun on Satur­day.

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