Break­ing a sweat at the break­wa­ter

Daily Mercury - - SPORT - JANELLE TILSE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

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.

Pho­tos: Janelle Tilse

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.

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