Running during the off season
NEW runners and existing club athletes were put to the test with 5000 metre and 10,000 metre track time trials this week.
Mackay Road Runners club captain Jim Ford welcomed about 30 runners to the second off season Shawn’s Summer Social Series’ event.
Perfectly warm weather conditions greeted the athletes at 5:30pm as they circled the track 12.5 times for the 5000 metres and 25 times for the 10,000 metres.
All runners signed on before their event so their times could be recorded after their run. This will be an early marker for future training events to gain an indication of improved personal performance throughout the off season training sessions.
Jim endeavours to mix up each Sunday afternoon run, all of which start at 5:30pm from varying venues throughout the region, so that runners of all abilities are catered for.
His favourite events are team-based effort runs so all runners have the opportunity to run as much or a little as they choose, giving all individuals a challenge.
Ashlee Scott and Nick Rewald were excellent from the front in the 5000 metres capping off a successful formal Mackay Road Running season.
Ross Connor, Alana Ford, Carolyn Steginga, Peter Ford, Adam Knesevic, Andrew Short and Julie Whibley were closely grouped in the early stages of the 5000 metres followed by John Allen, Leanne Connor, Leanne Coulthard and Hanife Allen.
Darrin Galea, Peter Ellison, Glynis Forse and Tim Caddy braved the 28-lap event in excellent style, holding their form throughout.
This Sunday’s Shawn’s Summer Series continues at 5:30pm from the Lamberts Beach Tavern end of the esplanade.
This will be a challenging run through the neighbouring scenic undulating nature reserve, therefore expect sand, sand and more sand.
All runners whether Mackay Road Runners members or not are most welcome to attend for a gold coin donation towards post run refreshments.