Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Tortoise and the Hare Theme Re-Enacted in Handicap Race

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Tortoise and the Hare Theme Re-Enacted in Handicap Race

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Byline: Janelle Tilse Correspondent

RUNNING: Mackay Road Runners had an outstanding attendance at the annual Ocean International 5km and 8km handicap start race from the beautiful Quota Park parklands.

Approximately 90 members and casual day runners enjoyed the stunning but humid conditions as they meandered through to Town Beach and return for the 5km and beyond onto the Sandfly Creek Trail and return for the 8km.

Mackay Road Runners conduct several handicap start races based on individual members handicapped time. This proved very popular with all runners, enabling the not so fast runners to take the lead while the not so slow runners chase them down.

Jason McCord claimed gold,taking out the handicap 8km event ahead of Tasmond Webber and Cameron Single.

Jason has been performing extremely well with significant improvements on display so far this year.

Fast finishing Jonathan Jenner and Shane Donnollan were next followed by new 2019 Mackay Road Runners Member, Lyn Haughton. Lyn was definitely the rose among the thorns with Joe Grech and Toby Hulf next ahead of a sprint finish between Hayden Connor and Darrin Pullen with Hayden being the victor of that contest.

The fastest 8km runner was Toby Hulf in 32 minutes 24 seconds ahead of Leon Ryan (32:40), Tim Caddy (35:24) and Hayden Connor (35:45).

Fastest female in the 8km was Vicki Vickers (39:02) ahead of legendary veteran runner, Judy Zahn (39:42) and Jose Short (39:54).

Chris Colwell continued his fine form with a win in the 5km handicap start race ahead of Paul Arvidson and Fernanda DeLima.

Fernanda has been a stand out in her running this year and is one to watch in the overall handicap rankings as well as club championship races.

Fastest 5km male runner was Chris Colwell in 19 minutes four seconds, followed by Simba Walz (20:57) and Paul Arvidson (22:05). …

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