Run like the wind

IT was not an easy run for athletes at Saturday's 51st Macksville Gift.

Organiser Robin Marsay said the wind was atrocious, which marred the event and prevented many people from attending.

"Unfortunately both athlete and crowd numbers were down a bit this year," Ms Marsay said.

The annual street parade was colourful with more than 20 floats sponsored by various local businesses leading crowds from the centre of town across to the oval, stopping traffic on the Pacific Highway briefly at 5pm.

Thirty runners lined up for the actual Gift at 9pm.

The winner was James Reynolds from Adelong, NSW. He ran off a 6.5 metre handicap and won in 11.9 seconds.

Second placegetter was Daniel Burgess of Maitland with Iain McFarland from Newington coming in third.

The Gift Queens were announced shortly before the race in very blustery conditions.

This year's Gift Queen was high school student, Brearna Miles from Macks- ville.

Runner-up was Allyce Meyers.

The Gift Charity Queen was Terese Zell.

Between them the six entrants raised nearly $6000 for the local community.

Gift Queen organiser, Leslie Smith, said this was 'a very good effort'.

"It is very rewarding seeing the girls gain in self-confidence as they go through the Gift Queen process," Ms Smith said.

"They all looked beautiful and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves ? in spite of the raging wind."

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