Beach holiday goes fast for Chapmans
Article by Daryl Roweth
A couple of quite achievers in Mark and Julie Chapman recently travelled up to Airlie Beach and competed in the local running festival. Mark ran the 10km in a fantastic time of 40:43 to finish 4th overall and 1st in his age group. Not to be outdone, Julie ran the 5km and with the great time of 27:36, she took 1st place in her age category as well.
Last week’s Sunday run was at the testing Kinross Forrest track which had sections of mud and ice. Before the run got started Mitch Essex was presented with a certificate recognising his 100 club runs. Once the run got started and runners and walkers set out to enjoy that first hill, the pace was on at the front of the pack. Noah Lamrock (11:45) and sister Ella (11:01) took charge of the 2km race, with Russel Tym and Jackson Essex finishing not that far behind Noah to claim the minor placings, while Karen Neal and Michelle Lindsay were second and third behind Ella.
A large group tackled the 4.8km course, with the 100 run man, Mitch Essex (23:06) leading the guys home with Jackson Boucher and Ged Hawthorn coming home second and third respectively. The consistent Amber Rich (22:47) was again the standout in the ladies 4.8km, with Penny Chandler and Lily Craig filling the placings.
A similar size field set out along the 9km course with Brandon Connolly (39:42) being the fastest of the top 3 finishers as he finished only seconds in front of Mark Chapman and Iain McLean. Of the ladies Alice Munro (44:15) led the way ahead of Janet Martin and Kinisha Roweth. Overall winner on the day was Mackay Man Ha who completed the 4.8km run in 34:28.
A good turn out at Elephant Park on Wednesday night saw around 100 runners return to the normal 3 loop track and a young bloke by the name of Aidan Whiteley ran the fastest time of the night with an 11:27 to finish just ahead of a consistent Wednesday performer in Tim Edmonstone (11:45). The overall winner on the night was Rikky Bangert, who ran a very even 12:24.
Good luck to those competing in this weekends City 2 Surf. I am sure there will be some Personal Best’s and many stories that come from this event.
Mudgee Running Festival (24th Aug), Dubbo Stampede (7th Sept) and Edgell Jog (7th Sept), so if your looking for a local event to do, one of these might suit you.
Just on the Mudgee Running Festival and as per previous years, we have made a booking for dinner at the Oriental Hotel on Saturday night 23 August. It would be great to see plenty of members attend the dinner and if you are interested, please give your name to Jane as soon as possible.
This weekends club run is at Endeavour Oval and usually includes distances from 2.6km to 7.8km.