Breaking a sweat at the breakwater
ABOUT fifty dedicated runners met at New Mulherin Park at Mackay Harbour Beach for the latest challenging event in the Shawn's Summer Social Series.
Club captain and race director Jim Ford briefed the runners on the 5km and 11km race options, which could be altered to suit the individual based on their abilities.
Runners in the 5km headed north toward the Marina precinct before heading onto the breakwater whilst 11km runners sprinted in the opposite direction along East Point Road to the Point.
The longer distance runners were then treated to a return trip along the sandy shores towards the breakwater for a full loop of the wall before heading back to the start line at New Mulherin Park.
Mackay Road Runners welcomed many new runners including talented athletes Lyn Haughton and daughter Gillian Haughton.
Both girls had a great outing despite their initial navigational issues in the very testing conditions, whilst the rest of the family stayed home with the compass.
Excellent performances also came from fastest 5km runner, Darrin Pullen, who added another 5km loop before heading back to the start line and the fruit table.
Julian Picot scored victory in the longer event ahead of Carl Pinkstone and Shane Potts.
Excellent running in the social setting was also on display by Greame Harris, Leon Ryan, Tim Caddy, Stephen Oberg, Mark Berts, Karla Hook, Kylie Harbour, Jose Short, Anna Walsh, Chris Webb, Melissa Harris, Jessica Harris, Peter Wright, Sarah Jensen, Charlie Bone, Daniel Stampa, Jeanette Farrugia, David Isbister, Peter Ford, Lauren Berts, Ron Steel, Cameron Single, Alice Single, Kimberley Dauneller, Jo Ashford, Andrew Short, Simon Henderson and Florencia Renolti.
Many thanks to Alan and Xavier Zamparutti who generously assisted a young family on the breakwater by giving up all their water to the family's very overheated four-legged companion.
This is a huge and timely reminder to all runners of the importance of taking hydration very seriously in the oppressively humid conditions.
Understand your individual hydration levels and drink fluids regularly before, during and after any physical workouts.
This Sunday will be a full day for the Mackay Road Runners Club, with the Annual General Meeting at 11am at the Breakwater Restaurant (Old Yacht Club) and the Shawn's Summer Social Series continuing in the afternoon with a track session at 5.30pm from the Mackay State High School, Milton Street.
Intending members are invited to attend the AGM with lunch supplied where all committee positions are up for reelection. .
The club welcomes any assistance to ensure the ongoing success of one of the region’s most successful and inclusive clubs.
See the website - mackayroadrunners.com for more details.
Xavier Zamparutti and Alan Zamparutti enjoy the breakwater section of the 5km run.
Lauren Berts excited to be in the final half of the 5km race.
Nearly fifty runners merge onto New Mulherin Park at the Mackay Harbour for the Shawn's Summer Social Series 5km &10km runs.
Gill Haughton and Lyn Haughton ran well in their first 5km with Mackay Road Runners.
Talented endurance swimmer Daniel Stampa easily completes the 5km run.
Anna Walsh exits the beach onto the breakwater in the 11km event.