Tim McQuoid-Mason setting the pace at Saturday's Airlie Beach parkrun.
Tim McQuoid-Mason setting the pace at Saturday's Airlie Beach parkrun.

Pacers let loose on Airlie parkrun course

THE much-anticipated pace day was a great success.

Participants divided into into seven pace groups ranging from 22 minutes to 35 minutes on Saturday.

Airlie Beach parkrun volunteer Bob Barford said the mild weather and relatively low humidity things held together pretty well for the first lap.

"The second lap saw the groups breaking up a little. Hats off though to Chris Murphy and Shane Bellert (pace setters) who finished within two seconds of their pace time,” Barford said.

"Thanks to all our other pacers, Justin, Mark, Toma, Rebecca and Tim.”

Barford said organisers of the Airlie Beach parkrun event would aim at running a pace day every three months or so.

This week 71 people ran, jogged and walked the Airlie Beach parkrun course, of whom 10 were first timers and 18 recorded new personal bests and representatives of five different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers.

To get involved with Airlie Beach parkrun register online and bring your printed bar-code to the Abell Point Marina at 7am on Saturday.

The event is free.

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