Road runners divide for team challenge
TWO fearless captains lead the Mackay Road Runners Summer Program 60 Minute Team Challenge at Town Beach last weekend.
Club Captain/Race Director, Jim Ford had over 20 runners split themselves into two teams, Carl Pinkstone's team and team Julian Picot, before each ran in opposite directions
Starting from the top end of East Gordon Street, one team bolted from the gun onto Sandfly Creek Path, with all runners turning at thirty minutes.
If the faster runners worked their way around the Streets back to the start in under thirty minutes, they would then double back and pick up their other team members before heading in the opposite direction of the other team.
Team Picot took out the win and happily collected their chocolate prize, organise by Alana Ford.
The team to collectively cross the line first would take out the coveted prize of organised by Alana Ford. Team Picot was happy to accept the gold winning prize.
Many thanks to Jim for co-ordinating the unique concept course which had all runners involved regardless of ability. Jim also ensures there are course distance options for those who choose not to do the organised run, so that they can still run and enjoy the comrarderie of like minded individuals. Runners are then treated to post run refreshments, many thanks to Alana for organising this every week courtesy of the gold coin donation by runners pre race.
The Summer running program is open to anyone and everyone, no need to be a member of Mackay Road Runners....all welcome ......visit www.mackayroadrunners.com for upcoming venues.
Several Mackay Road Runners performed extremely well in out of town and overseas events on the weekend as well.
Andrew and Jose Short competed in New Zealand's Queenstown Sotheby's Half Marathon, both finishing within seconds of each other (Andrew 1 hr 51min 29 sec and Jose 1:51:54). This event provides very scenic vistas however, the testing course can throw up any weather conditions.
Martin Lambert travelled to Canberra's eighth Stromlo Running Festival to tackle the arduous Lightning Strike 50km Stromlo Forest Park run.
Keen to challenge himself, ultra-marathon runner Lambert opted for the 30km event.
The clover leaf course comprised 10km and 20km loops followed by an additional 20km loop which travels east along the Molonglo River and climbs through the Arboretum to the top of Dairy Farmers hill, providing a stunning view of Lake Burley Griffin, before returning through pine forests to the event hub and the well-deserved finish line. Lambert was ecstatic to finish the event in 5hrs 38mins in what was extremely oppressive heat and testing terrain, utilising his well trained physical and mental focus to get to the finish line.
The talented runner is not adverse to challenging events. He has competed in the 2015 Anzac Centenary 100km (Sydney); Trail to Triumph Mackay to Moranbah 50km via Eungella, etc and can now add another sensational achievement to his list.