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BMA Mackay Marina Run, QLD

BMA Mackay Marina RunRace report and results from the 2013 BMA Mackay Marina Run.

June 2

Written by Janelle Tilse

Images courtesy of Janelle Tilse and John Higham

The most successful ever BMA Mackay Marina Run was held in perfectly beautiful, sunny conditions at the Mackay Marina precincts, with a record number of more than 2600 local, interstate and international competitors across all events. The major winner of the event was Mackay’s local branch of the Leukaemia Foundation, where an outstanding amount of over $40,000 was raised via individuals and corporate teams.

All race events featured record numbers, which represented approximately 30 per cent growth from last year. Race Director Sandy Strong, his committee and hundreds of volunteers devote an enormous amount of time throughout the year to increase the profile of the event, with its major focus on raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation, promoting a fit and healthy lifestyle and promoting the beautiful Mackay region locally and internationally. Their hard work was rewarded earlier this year, with the 2012 event earning the honour of the Mackay Regional Council’s prestigious Australia Day Community Event of the Year award, as well as the Mackay Regional Council Australia Day Sports Achiever Award, whereby Mackay Road Runners Life Member and Mackay Marina Run volunteer Agnes Farmer took out the top prize for her services to the sporting community, specifically the running fraternity.

A sea of runners await the 5km race start on the beautiful Mackay Marina Breakwater.Gold Coast athlete Jackson Elliot was outstanding in winning the BMA Half Marathon event in 1hr 10min 31sec, smashing the 2009 course record by five minutes. Seventeen-year-old local junior running champion Liam Mumford ran a sensational race in his first ever half marathon event to claim second ahead of last year’s champion, Mackay’s Shawn Claydon.

Fifty-seven-year-old Anne Ryan was stoked with her achievement in taking out the female 21.1km in 1.32.15 ahead of local talented runners Skye Rettke and Nikki Giles. Anne only started running seven years ago and currently trains with the Masters in Brisbane. She is hoping to head overseas later this year to the World Masters Championships in Brazil.

The 5km Clarion Hotel Corporate Team Challenge was one of the most popular events, with 132 teams of approximately 10 runners. An avid supporter of the event, Tony Brittain’s local company JSIS Engineering once again raised the most funds for the sixth year in a row, $10,940, which brings their total amount raised to a magnificent $48,227. Second-highest fundraisers were Team Taits, with DGL Accountants third. With $827, the highest individual fundraiser was first-time half marathoner Eileen Woods, followed by Christine Roelofs in second and Darryl Brandon in third. The fastest team was taken out by Crossfit Team 1 and the best dressed team went to St Francis Xavier Primary School, followed closely by Bennett Partners and Strategic Media Partners.

The Dowdens 8km race was a hotly contested event, with junior Proserpine runner Lloyd Clode-Roberts taking gold in 31min 20sec ahead of Tony Preston and Brad Hajner. Talented local junior Gabrielle DeBoni was sixth overall and first female in a sensational time of 34.31, followed by Jessica Linwood and Bridget Bell.

Jackson Elliot takes an early lead in the half marathon.Graeme Railton stepped down from his longer-distance running to easily take out the City Fitness 5km in 19.59 ahead of Paul Mackenzie, who had just finished the half marathon to do a total of 26km for the day! Returning to some of his previous athletic form, Paul Ardvison, placed an impressive third. The female 5km gold-medal placing went to Taylah Wyles, with Kylie Clinch a mere seven seconds in deficit and Byrony Atkin securing the final podium position.

The Daily Mercury 3km junior dash had nearly 100 competitors taking to the streets of the Marina precincts across the male and female under 10 and under 12 categories.

Jason Waters and Sally Atkins, from Bricks Adolescent Development, and approximately 15 autistic kids approached the Mackay Marina Committee to involve the kids in a separate 3km run. Jason was thrilled with how the kids took to the event, knowing how tough it would be, but also knowing what a rewarding experience it would be.

“We were overwhelmed with everything the committee did in the lead-up and during the BMA Marina Run,” he said. “It was a success beyond our wildest dreams. All of the training paid off, as every runner completed the course with everything going perfectly to plan. The parents were all blown away with their child’s achievements, as all involved had never even thought of attempting such an event.”

The committee would like to acknowledge, with sincere thanks, the major and minor sponsors, hundreds of volunteers and community organisations, schools, race participants and their families, fundraisers, and local businesses for their generous and ongoing support of the BMA Mackay Marina Run.




1. Jackson Elliot 1.10.31

2. Liam Mumford 1.18.10

3. Shawn Claydon 1.18.17

4. Gary Howard 1.23.02

5. Luke Dimech 1.24.01

6. Paul Mackenzie 1.24.36

7. Daren Galea 1.25.40

8. Mark McFadzen 1.25.54

9. Jerry O'Sullivan 1. 26.09

10. Scott Thoms 1.27.38


1. Anne Ryan 1.32.15

2. Skye Rettke 1.37.48

3. Nikki Giles 1.39.17

4. Christine Bowen 1.39.50

5. Vicki Vickers 1.42.54

6. Andy Kahukiwa 1.42.57

7. Carmel Mahon 1.43.03

8. Amy Symonds 1.43.18

9. Rebecca Kemp 1.43.28

10. Kimberley Craig 1.43.40



1. Lloyd Clode-Roberts 31.20

2. Tony Preston 31.53

3. Brad Hajner 33.07

4. James Meng 34.07

5. Ross Dryland 34.21

6. Blake Hinschen 35.50

7. Damien Englebrecht 36.01

8. Matt Weller 36.49

9. Scott McIntosh 36.58

10. Diarmaid Carroll 37.01


1. Gabrielle Deboni 34.31

2. Jessica Linwood 35.05

3. Bridget Bell 35.25

4. Haylee Scanlan 35.36

5. Nixon Rodden 36.02

6. Shelley Binney 36.09

7. Anna Ottaway 36.09

8. Martelle Coetzer-Botha 36.13

9. Mandy Gattera 37.39

10. Jenna Bugeja 37.48



1. Graeme Railton 19.57

2. Paul Mackenzie 20.10

3. Paul Arvidson 20.29

4. Campbell Behan 21.07

5. Ross Connor 21.17

6. Andrew Gattera 22.01

7. Kurt Brunker 22.03

8. Ricky Parker 22.10

9. Brendon Behan 22.12

10. Liam Scanlan 22.24


1. Taylah Wyles 22.59

2. Kylie Clinch 23.07

3. Byrony Atkin 23.28

4. Krystal Blyth 23.51

5. Melinda Zammit 24.22

6. Karen Young 24.40

7. Sarah Wilson 24.45

8. Zoe Bidgood 24.56

9. Alison Friswell 25.00

10. Sophie Webb-Smith 25.23

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