RQ events photographed by SOK Images
Run Queensland specialises in distance running, endurance running and trail run events in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, QLD Australia.
The Rainbow Beach Marathon Festival
Well, it seems the stars were aligned in our favour on August 14th with mother nature putting on quite a show. Not only were weather conditions near perfect with a cool start erupting into a glorious day that presented the course in its best colours, but the local wildlife got in on the act too! It seems every second finisher across all races experienced whale sightings, either from the sand blow, Double Island Point, or both.
The conditions, the vibe and, no doubt, no little talent provided for some fantastic results over a challenging route.
11km - Bymein Bush Run
The outstanding feature of the 11km though, seemed to be the participation of many across generations with at least one family represented by a grandmother, mother and granddaughter all finishing. Truly representative of what Run Queensland events are about.
The Half Marathon
The half marathon brought with it probably the run of the day (or maybe tied). Satoshi Ashida took out the men’s race in spectacular fashion coming home in 1:33:47 – it’s a course you have to see to understand how impressive the time is. With Isaac Tonello and Robert Ormsby tussling for 2nd and 3rd, it must have been quite a race early on, but Satoshi kept them well at bay.
Kate Maslen took out the ladies honours in and equally impressive 1:46 by a considerable margin over Anne Alford and Jennifer Strack for a hard earned win (more on Jennifer a little later).
Half Marathon profile
The Marathon at Rainbow Beach is a quite a challenge. Stunning single track and amazing scenery all around belie the difficulty of the course. However, the field rose to the occasion, and were mightily impressive.
In a strong men’s field, some fantastic runs by Andy Churchman, Richard Storrier and Antony Boyd saw them all across the line in under four hours, with only 12 minutes between them. Andy took the honours which rounded off a series that has seen us run out of superlatives. He left nothing out on the track and it was the epitome of his performances at this year’s Run Queensland events.
The ladies, in turn, also came up with the goods with the podium made up of RQ regulars. Maybe not as spectacularly but just as solidly. Jessica Schluter took out the line honours with a very respectable 4:16 and 5th overall. With Kathryn Austin cruising to second place after a huge year and Tylana Woodward rounding off.
The Day/Night Series 2016
The Series finally came to a close with Jennifer Strack taking out the Jill Guard Memorial Shield and Abdt Churchman the Roger Guard Memorial Shield.
Both were a testiment to consistency and, while in the mens even there was only likely to be one outcome after the first three events, the ladies was less certain and Jennifer reaped the rewards of hanging in there with early favourite and last year's champion, Carol Hitchcock.
It was an emotional moment with Ian Javes, close friends with Roger Guard, presending the trophies for both the marathon podiums and the Day/Night series.
Many thanks to Paul Guard the Guard family.
Congratulations all. The Run Queensland team had a fantastic day and we're hugely impressed by the performances we witnessed and immensely proud of those produced my many of our regulars.
The final Day/Night standings can be found HERE
The Run Queensland team had a fantastic day and we're hugely impressed by the performances we witnessed and immensely proud of those produced my many of our regulars.
The 2016 Blackall 100
With places across both the 50km and 100km in short supply, our suspicions are correct and the event looks like being a sell-out this year being over half full four months out. Enter on-line here:
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BW@N has already proven to be a challenging event, both in it's original format with the 50km event included and now, in the Aus'TRAIL'ia Day Marathon Festival guise.... read more
Well, the Blackall 100 on October 24th saw the completion of the Run Queensland 2015 calendar.
We'll be publishing the 2016 calendar very soon (only 10 weeks to BW@N - the AusTRAILia Day marathon).
In the meantime, why not catch up on what went on at Blackall. Lots of race reports and accounts of varying experiences of the event (Jeff Hannah's is a must!).
Check them all out here along with the results and the photography: