26 July, 2022
Records fly out window at fifth running of festival
The Weipa Running Festival had more than 100 participants take part on Sunday.
FIVE records were broken at the Weipa Running Festival on Sunday, a fitting result in the events fifth year.
As predicted by him in Cape York Weekly, Coen teacher Tim Clout was able to break his previous best 10km time and set a new benchmark.
He stopped the clock in 39.18.
Weipa teenager Bridie Maher continues to go from strength to strength and set a new record in the female 10km at 44.45.
Fellow local juniors Lang Haines and Tanna De Tournouer also set records in their respective 5km events.
Lang ran his 5km in 23.30, while Tanna finished in 24.39.
The half-marathon also had a new record time set, with Lizzy Bagnall finishing the 21.1km course in a slick 1:41.28 to be one of the five to receive a cash bonus.
The men’s marathon was taken out by Weipa’s Ross Dawson, who finished in 3:41.59, while Karen Inglis was the women’s winner in 4:36.09.
Weipa Running Festival race director Leigh Jewell said it was another amazing event.
“We had just over 100 runners participate on the day in the feature events and more in the fun run, too,” he said.
“With all of our virtual runners as well, it was another big year for us.”
Runners were applauded across the finish line by spectators at Andoom Oval, but not before they were hosed down by the fire brigade as they made their final turn.
“We had perfect conditions with a cool morning and bright sunshine, although there was a bit of a smoke haze in the air,” Mr Jewell said.
“We’re already looking forward to next year’s event.”
1st: Lang Haines
2nd: Michael Marama
3rd: Grayson Giradi
1st: Tanna De Tournouer
2nd: Rosie Lynch
3rd: Annie Laidlaw
1st: Tim Clout
2nd: Paul Giradi
3rd: Chrisden Russ
1st: Bridie Maher
2nd: Nicole Widmer
3rd: Demi De Tournouer
1st: Zsolt Dallos
2nd: Sam Bannister
3rd: Nick Rex
1st: Lizzy Bagnall
2nd: Hannah Mendes
3rd: Maxine Hughes
1st: Ross Dawson
2nd: Jordon Plumridge
3rd: Geoff Robins
1st: Karen Inglis
2nd: Lorraine Lawson
3rd: Amy Williscroft