The 5km runners prepare for a start.
The 5km runners prepare for a start. Peter Carruthers

Athletes get going at Airlie Beach Running Festival

SOME wore sun visors, a crazy few wore tutus, most wore sunscreen but every single one of them wore runners at the annual Airlie Beach Running Festival on Sunday.

Overnight the Port of Airlie precinct came alive to the sounds of trainers hitting the tarmac and the technicolour kaleidoscope which is the premier running event on the Whitsunday athletic calendar.

A final rush of late entrants on Saturday, as predicted, boosted entries to 404, made up of 18 marathon runners, 105 half marathon, 27 half marathon relay entrants, 88 10km runners, 68 5km athletes, four corporate challenge teams, 63 2km kids runners and 23 1km fun runners.

Event MC Bob Barford and event manager Tim McQuoid-Mason take time out for a photo.
Event MC Bob Barford and event manager Tim McQuoid-Mason take time out for a photo. Peter Carruthers

Oliver Carey was the first marathon runner to cross the line in 3.09.45, Swiss athlete Chris Howarth finished second in a time of 3.14.54 followed by local runner Justin Knight-Gray in 3.19.16.

Patty Jago was fourth runner over the line and first woman home 3.47.23.

Backing up from an easy win at the Great Whitehaven Run half marathon Andrea Biotti again won the 21km event in a blistering time of 1.21.49.

Zoe Hawkins was the first woman home in 1.32.03.

Local athlete Guy Thrupp finished first in the 20-29 age category and just seconds behind and third woman to finish was Julia Wheway.

Patrick Shannon won the 10km run and Kate Pascoe was the first woman to finish.

Ricky Parker took out the 5km event, Sandra Brodie won the women's race and Jazmyn Fyvie was the third female finisher.

Local runners Rachel and Bec Boots with Kerri Pfingst after their run.
Local runners Rachel and Bec Boots with Kerri Pfingst after their run. Peter Carruthers

Event manager Tim McQuoid-Mason said the event ran smoothly and he heralded the event as a huge success.

He thanked the cooperation of the Whitsunday Regional Council and Whitsunday Lions for allowing the Airlie Beach revitalisation foreshore project to be pushed back and the cancellation of the surprise cruise ship markets on the site.

He also thanked the volunteer work of the course marshals.

"Matty Kerr is up there at Abell Point Marina with music blasting out of a boom box and cheering people on,” he said.

Mr McQuoid-Mason was pleased to announce the event was so well supported this year by Airlie Beach Running Club members and parkrun participants.

MC Bob Barford continually provided direction and called every runner's name as they finished their race.

The 2km kids' dash at the 2018 Airlie Beach Running Festival about to get underway.
The 2km kids' dash at the 2018 Airlie Beach Running Festival about to get underway. Peter Carruthers

Whitsunday Christian College won the $500 prize -- to finance school sport - for most entries in the event.

On social media on Sunday afternoon Whitsunday sporting clubs and participants praised the organisers for another fantastic Airlie Beach Running Festival.

Results

Marathon

Male

Pos Cat Name Time

1 Open Oliver CAREY (2) 03:09:45

2 Open Chris HOWARTH (4) 03:14:54

3 Open Justin KNIGHT-GRAY (6) 03:19:16

Female

Pos Cat Name Time

1 Open Patty JAGO (16) 03:47:23

2 Open Anne-Marie KEHRES (5) 03:54:15

3 Open Marita JENNER (18) 04:02:32

Half marathon

Male

Pos Cat Name Time

1 Open Andrea Mario BIOTTI (101) 01:21:49

2 Open Sam COLLINS (108) 01:27:40

3 Open Thomas WENDT (180) 01:29:25

Female

Pos Cat Name Time

1 Open Zoe HAWKINS (137) 01:32:03

2 Open Tianna PREVITERA (162) 01:43:01

3 Open Julia WHEWAY (204) 01:43:53

10km

Male

Pos Cat Name Time

1 Open Patrick SHANNON (460) 00:41:15

2 Open Jason COOK (497) 00:42:36

3 Open Michael FRASER (412) 00:43:02

Female

Pos Cat Name Time

1 Open Kate PASCOE (448) 00:44:51

2 Open Alex FALKENMIRE (484) 00:45:31

3 Open Kelly WILSHERE (475) 00:46:17

5km

Male

Pos Cat Name Time

1 Open Ricky PARKER (669) 00:22:06

2 Open Kai TELFORD (646) 00:22:51

3 Open Paul COGGAN (668) 00:23:10

Female

Pos Cat Name Time

1 Open Sandra BRODIE (605) 00:25:35

2 Open Jodie REDFERN (641) 00:26:06

3 Open Jazmyn FYVIE (621) 00:26:31

5km corporate team challenge

Male

Pos Cat Name Time

1 All Ages Stuart ALLWRIGHT (703) 00:21:33

2 All Ages Damien ABBOTT (709) 00:53:32

Female

Pos Cat Name Time

1 All Ages Sandy GUY (704) 00:24:55

2 All Ages Laila PARKIN (705) 00:25:43

3 All Ages Andrea SCHARNECK (701) 00:32:21

2km

Male

Pos Cat Name Time

1 All Ages Dan CARROLL (1032) 00:09:17

2 All Ages Caelan WILLIAMS (1053) 00:09:19

3 All Ages Nate MORRIS (1059) 00:09:25

Female

Pos Cat Name Time

1 All Ages Isabella DE BRINCAT (1007) 00:10:47

2 All Ages Amylee SIMPSON (1066) 00:10:56

3 All Ages Alani ENGLAND (1042) 00:11:51

1km

Male

Pos Cat Name Time

1 All Ages Eamon WILLIAMS (1118) 00:05:23

2 All Ages Yannai KERET (1121) 00:05:43

3 All Ages Don Vinh ALGIE (1100) 00:05:44

Female

Pos Cat Name Time

1 All Ages Eve HOWARTH (1115) 00:06:18

2 All Ages Georgia LOHMAN (1117) 00:06:18

3 All Ages Emilee WASSMUTH (1108) 00:06:48

Visit the Airlie Beach Festival of Running website for a full list of results.


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