Rachel Silvestri takes line honours over the entire 3km Club Championship field, just ahead of Nick Rewald.
Rachel Silvestri takes line honours over the entire 3km Club Championship field, just ahead of Nick Rewald. Contributed

Promising young runner beats field home

ROAD RUNNERS: Junior runner Rachel Silvestri posted a sensational result in the Mackay Road Runners 3km Club Championship race on Sunday, beating home a field of 30 plus talented athletes for the overall win.

Rachel has just come off a spectacular running season, including cross country racing for Queensland at the National Cross Country Championships less than a month ago.

She posted a super time of 10 minutes 57 seconds after a sizzling sprint to the finish line with Nick Rewald, who was just two seconds in deficit to be the first placed male.

Second placed, female, Kylie Harbour, also ran well to be fourth overall, one minute behind second placed male Leon Ryan, with third male Steve Oberg scorching over the course taking the final valuable open club championship point.

Third placed female Ainslie Heinke also collected the final open club championship point in an excellent effort after being sidelined by injury for several weeks.

Great racing also was on show by Ross Connor (4th male), Jason McCord (5th male), Carolyn Steginga (4th female), Andrew Short (6th male) and Leon Else (7th male).

Talented veteran runner, Judy Zahn excelled as usual, placing ahead of Jose Short, Alan Zamparutti, Carmel Mahon, Mark Takagaki, June Bradley, Karla Hook, Dannelle Thompson, Janelle Tilse, Paula Easton, Jo Ashford, Stuart Sprott, Carol Brown, Brenda Windsor, Jan Smith and Leanne Connor.

The 3km event, which was Mackay Road Runners' last Club Championship event on the 2018 program, was held from Queens Park at 4pm on Sunday in perfect running conditions.

The group had the support of Construct Health Physiotherapy as sponsor for the annual race, extending the assistance the business has provided to the Mackay road running fraternity through this year's Mackay Marina Run and Club Championship event.

The contribution of race day volunteers, timekeeper Peter Wright, registrar Paul Tilse, course set-up Andrew Short and Tim Magoffin, photographer Jo Hughes and her assistant Kim Saron was also appreciated.

As the 3km was the last handicap points event for the year, runners are now looking forward to this Sunday's 5km social Jungle Run commencing 6.30am from the botanic gardens, playground end of Lagoon Street.

This is a morning run so that the afternoon is free for all rugby league fans to enjoy the NRL grand final games.

The final social run on the 2018 formal program is the social and enjoyable Eungella Trail run on Sunday, October 7, commencing at 8am from the Eungella Chalet precincts.

This year, race director, Matt Stevens is incorporating a very do-able 6km option as well as the usual 21km race. All members and non members are welcome.

Members, their family and friends are invited to the annual awards presentation night on Saturday, October 20. For catering purposes, those attending must RSVP and pay by October 7 to Heather Sprott - sprottheather@gmail.com.



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