AGAIN the weather gods have smiled apon the Airlie Beach Festival of Running.

A gloomy day met the runners at the head of the course this morning but the rain did hold off and most competitors finished their races without getting wet.

Event director Wendy Downes OAM promised this year's event would break records and she was right.

More than 650 competitors took the course today and yesterday - Ms Downes said she derived a great sense of satisfaction seeing competitors enjoy the event.

There was some confusion with the direction of the course during the 5km event which Ms Downes attributed to human error.

Nick Hortle with members of the Cruise Whitsundays team challenge Emily Liu, Riana Young, Andrea Scharnech, Lauren Scarcella, Merri Kirkham, Alya Palmer and Stephen Fitzpatrick. Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times
Nick Hortle with members of the Cruise Whitsundays team challenge Emily Liu, Riana Young, Andrea Scharnech, Lauren Scarcella, Merri Kirkham, Alya Palmer and Stephen Fitzpatrick. Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times Peter Carruthers

"Someone pointed someone in the wrong direction and everyone followed," she said.

Ms Downes said the mix up didn't affect any other distances and overall she was delighted with success of the fourth Airlie Beach Running Festival.

The winner of the half marathon was Sam Stedman from Townsville in a time of 1:21:25 followed by Julian Picot and Jan Staubli.

Justin Knight-Grey was the first Whitsunday local over the line and the first woman home was Wendy Henshaw from Strathdickie in a time of 1:47:15.

First Whitsunday local over the line Justin Knight-Grey. Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times
First Whitsunday local over the line Justin Knight-Grey. Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times Peter Carruthers

 

Results  

 Half marathon

  • First: Sam Stedman - 1:21:25
  • Second: Julian Picot - 1:23:08
  • Third: Jan Staubli - 1:23:14

10km  

  • Roland Henderson 40:27
  • Dawn-Michelle Romanella 44:28

  5km  

  • Kieran McGoldrick 17:04
  • Sandra Guy 17:06

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