Dawn Mansfield clocking up some k's on her lunchtime stroll as part of the Daily Mercury's Kick the Kilos campaign.
Dawn Mansfield clocking up some k's on her lunchtime stroll as part of the Daily Mercury's Kick the Kilos campaign. Madolyn Peters

Top 10 runner reveals she's kept a watchful eye

MACKAY wasn't always sitting in the top three on the Kick the Kilo leaderboard --- and Dawn Mansfield noticed.

Just days remain in one of the Daily Mercury's most engaging campaigns with more than 15,000km clocked up by a collective group of locals, placing Mackay in second place behind the Sunshine Coast.

The success of the campaign locally has been down to people like Dawn Mansfield, by the sound of things.

"I saw Bundaberg sneak up (on Mackay), they were only 20km down and I thought that's my 20km a week I haven't been doing.

"I thought I had to get back into it and bring us back up again."

So after having some time off, the avid runner/walker has kicked back into gear.

"We were down to fourth at one point but we're up to number two now," Ms Mansfield said.

She estimates she clocks up about 80km per week. Her goal in joining the club was to maintain a spot in the top 10. Speaking to the Daily Mercury on Wednesday, she was proudly perched in the number one spot.

"Martin Lambert and I were having a real tussle there for a while," she said. "At the end of one week there was 0.5km of a difference between three of us."

That's what she's loved about the campaign - the competition.

"You do actually strive to go a little bit further - one day you might have only felt like doing 5km and you might do 6km," she said.

"It just keeps you a little bit more competitive to try and keep up in the top."

Her friends have even commented on how great she is looking.

It's not too late to sign up to the App on Strava - search for Mackay Daily Mercury Kick the Kilos - because while the competition is about to end, we're not going anywhere.

If you've enjoyed the Kick the Kilos campaign, we'd love to hear from you. E: news@daily mercury.com.au



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