A reminder that the member discount for the Cairns Half Marathon scheduled for Sunday 2 October 2016 (starting/finishing at Ryan Weare Park, Freshwater) ends midnight on Sunday 31 July – that’s 1 week away!

Entry before the cut-off entitles entry cost to CRR members at the normal club rates for either the 10km or Half Marathon.  After this time, members will have to pay the standard entry fee of $25 for the 10k or $50 for the Half Marathon.

Complete the registration process by clicking HERE, when prompted for a PIN, enter the special *members only* code you’ll find in your latest CRR email.


After a couple of weeks of unseasonal rain, the skies cleared for the most perfect Copperlode Cup Run weather one could ask for! Crisp and cool to start, sun filtering through the trees on the way up, gentle fog over Cairns, and balmy and breezy at the top.

A great event, this one. Made possible as always by the many hands involved in the lead up and on the day. Special mentions to Ian Kraska (finish line coordinator), Chris Simmons (trailer), Mark St Amand (lead vehicle), Brenda O’Brien (amenities), Leesa Hansen, Kev Morrisey, Keith Fearon (timing), Pam Palmer (waterstop marshall), Margie Simpson (great spread of fresh fruit), and Glen Robinson (pre-race planning & permits). Thanks everyone!

A mix of runners in the field: some speeding to the top, some out to better previous times, and others just enjoying the runners-only road, taking in the beautiful sights, sounds, and scents of Dinden National Park.

2016 Copperlode Winners

Top honours go to Damien Coad, Chris White, and Robert McWilliams (1st, 2nd & 3rd Male, all crossing the line within a minute) and Alena Scurrah, Alison Smith, and Michelle Farkas (1st, 2nd & 3rd Female, Alena 3 minutes ahead of Alison and Michelle who sprinted across the line only a second between them!).

All place-getters took home lovely stemless wineglasses, skillfully etched with CRR logo and event and placing detail. To be enjoyed with liquid of choice (water, wine, Gatorade) or placed with pride on the trophy shelf. Alena and Damian have also won the Copperlode Cup Perpetual Trophies, which will have their names and race times engraved, along with all other race winners since 1988.

Well done to all participants and we look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events, or back again for this one in 2017.

Alison Smith | CRR Treasurer


It was a balmy day at Centenary Lakes for the 30th running of the David Todd Cross Country Mile. This race is traditionally held one week before Peninsula Cross Country runners head south for the state championships. 37 athletes competed, this being the biggest roll out since 2005.

Best performance was by Ollie Boltz who ran 5:23 which is the course record for a primary school runner. The miner places were Alex Welch in 5:41 and Riley Madder in 5:44.
Hailey Lynch ran 5:59 to win the 12 and under primary race. Minor places went to Dinithi Heenkenda in 6:08 and Ruby McMenamin in 6:09.
In the Secondary School race Chantelle Yelland ran 5:11 which is the third fastest time ever run by a girl on the course . It is equal to the time run by Megan Mansfield, a two time Australian Cross Country Champion in 1998. Clio Ozanne-Jacques was 2nd in 5:20 followed by Tayla Gunton in 5:36. The boy`s secondary winner was Joshua Anderson in 5:02 followed by Toby Gillen 5:04 and John Gordon 5:05.

Big thanks goes out to race director Kev Morrissey and his team of volunteers on the day!


Apologies if you’ve tried to contact the Club mobile recently and we haven’t returned your call. Our phone was in a state of dis-repair and we were unable to recharge the battery or the account. The Club has finally upgraded our phone handset!Phone2

 Unfortunately we also had to change the number to enable the changes. In future, if you need to contact the Club please call 0404 441 250. (Our old number is now in heaven)