Mackay Road Runners are lead out by 12km runner Julian Picot on a club run at Bluewater Lagoon on the weekend.
Mackay Road Runners are lead out by 12km runner Julian Picot on a club run at Bluewater Lagoon on the weekend. Contributed

No blues for Road Runners

RUNNING: Mackay Road Runners stepped up its social Shawn's Summer Series with a tough 6km and 12km run from the Bluewater Lagoon at the weekend.

Stifling hot windy conditions made for a testing outing as runners started their arduous trek into a headwind across the Forgan Smith Bridge towards the High Street lookout.

Club captain Jim Ford reminded runners of the need to be cautious of hydrating due to the demanding temperatures prior to and on race day. The mercury will continue to escalate this week, therefore, runners are to always be mindful while training and racing to maintain a high level of fluid and electrolyte replenishment.

Mackay Road Runners' Trish Brennan and Sarah Jensen were pleased with their 6km efforts at the club's Bluewater Lagoon.
Mackay Road Runners' Trish Brennan and Sarah Jensen were pleased with their 6km efforts at the club's Bluewater Lagoon. Contributed

Despite the heat and humidity, about 30 runners tackled the 6km and 12km courses where their goal was to return to the start within the hour due to the fading light.

Most 12km runners excelled by reaching the pinnacle of High/Pollock Street before gratefully running with the wind back to the start line for very deserved and welcome post run treats.

Six kilometre runners also bravely tackled their event, with all coming across the finish line well spent.

Excellent efforts across both events came from walkers, Jim Ford, Alana Ford, Kim Saron, Jo Hughes and Stephen Oberg in addition to the runners, Carl Pinkstone, Trish Brennan, Sarah Jensen, Mark Takagaki, Karla Hook, Charlie Bone, Jeanette Farrugia, Simon Henderson, Shane Barben, Julian Picot, Peter Ford, Carolyn Steginga, Will Morgan, Greame Harris, Kylie Harbour and Colin Hardy.

Many Thanks to Jim and Alana with their very helpful assistant, Peter in organising the course and post race refreshments.

Andrew Short hits the pavement in Mackay Road Runners' new singlet on a club run at Bluewater Lagoon.
Andrew Short hits the pavement in Mackay Road Runners' new singlet on a club run at Bluewater Lagoon. Contributed

With hopefully a cooler day on the weather map for this Sunday's event at Mackay State High School's Milton Street grass track at 5.30pm, runners can expect a variety of training tips and an interesting session to test themselves.

Track training is a welcome and highly regarded change up in training, widely renowned for assisting in speed and pace even for the longer endurance running events. Jim and Alana are experienced across a variety of training methods purposely designed to assist runners of all ages and abilities.

All runners are most welcome to attend these free social events, whether a Mackay Road Runners Member or not for just a gold coin donation towards post run fruit.

Please remember to thank Jim and Alana as they are two of the most loyal and respected volunteers of the Mackay Road Runners club who are happy to assist in runners goals.



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