The original Club Run. Starting at Ryan Weare Park, the 5km course is a loop following the cane fields and Lower Freshwater Road. Mostly road shoulders and asphalt, there are a couple of multi-purpose pathways to keep you away from the traffic. With the weather warming up , bring your swimmers for a well earned cool down in Freshwater Creek after a hot, fast run.

Day One: Run your hardest to record your best 5km time.

Day Two: Times are handicapped based on day one time – closet to handicap wins.

freshClick HERE to enter… Great value for money as you get automatic entry into both days for only $10 members and $15 non-members.

And a big thanks to our long term supporter of this event….

cock 'n bull




Roadies AGM was held last week and we need to say some words of gratitude….

Thank you to all the members who attended, it’s great to see people support the club that supports their running. We look forward to having your continued support throughout 2017.

Thank you to the 2016 Committee. A massive effort has been made behind the scenes over the last few years that many aren’t aware of, including;

  • Library of policies and procedure to help protect and guide the Club,
  • Maps and Courses,
  • Focussing on quality not quantity of events
  • Suite of online event templates to build upon
  • Increased Facebook and online/email presence,
  • Reconnect key relationships within the sporting community,
  • “How To” resources for many tasks,
  • Race Director packs to facilitate the efficiency and consistency of events,
  • Welcoming runners of all ages and abilities with a focus on getting the passion back for our inspiring front runners to attend our key events and looking after our current members
  • Online merchandise

As you can see, the Club has really focussed on making running the Club easier and more fun with what may seem like little things but that can actually make a big difference.


And thank you to the new committee for stepping up to continue the great legacy that has been built by previous committees:

  • Alan Courtney – President
  • Sue Houlihan – Secretary
  • Colleen Harrison – Treasurer
  • Jarrod Ausburn
  • Mark St Amand
  • Sarah Dart
  • Jim Cavil



It may have been football finals this weekend, but an athletic event of equal if not greater significance also took place on Sunday…The 2016 Cairns Half Marathon!

Around 125 runners in the 21.1km event and 60 in the 10km event lined up at the start, on a beautiful spring Sunday morning that had been preceded by heavy but refreshing rain.

The 21.1 km runners set off first at 7, including young Arie Eussen propelled along by his father John, in Arie’s custom-­‐built race-­‐mobile. Arie was not the only first-­‐timer to a half marathon and so congratulations to him and those others as well who completed the distance for the first time. You picked a beautiful course!

After a few kms alongside cane fields, the runners dropped down onto the Barron River bike path then across the fishing bridge to the Lake Placid-­‐Barron Gorge loop. Said loop is hailed by many in Cairns to be their ‘favourite run’, and it is indeed beautiful, especially after drenching rain, though many would be happy to have left out the hills and perhaps also the picturesque but undulating Stoney Creek road detour….but it would not have been 21.1 without it!

The 10km set off one hour later at 8am, and all runners were coming in under the clock thick and fast 9am.

Of course, not all runners are there to take in the views…especially when time matters. First place male and overall winner in the 21.1km was Jonathon Camilleri (1.26.44) followed by Jarrod Ausburn and Bryan O’Mahoney. First place female was Karen Ebdy (1.43.20) followed by Akane Goode and Toni-­‐Lee Ferguson. Congratulations and we hope you enjoy your locally hand-­‐created camphor wood cheese boards. The full race results lists for both events are published separately.

Other winners on the day were the recipients of spot prizes: a $500 Tint-­‐a-­‐Car voucher (thank you Jason & Sue Houlihan), Elva’s Café vouchers, FNQ Podiatry vouchers, and all participants received an ANQ satchel with an embroidered cap and a drink voucher from the Cock & Bull where many of us gathered later on Sunday afternoon.


Events such as this Half Marathon don’t happen without the help of volunteers. Thank you very much to course marshalls: Sarah Dart, Paul Robinson, Keith Fearon, Caroline Hardy, and Bruce Hansen. Start and finish procedures: Colleen Harrison, Laura Toyne, the whole Houlihan family, Kev Morrisey, Deborah Drummond, Lucille Pederson and Rosie Ball. And most of all, thanks to Glen Robinson (CRR President) for race-­‐day co-­‐ordination and the whole lot of leg work and preparation in the months leading up to this event.

We hope you all recovered well and the visitors enjoyed what Cairns has to offer. Happy training for your next event!

Alison Smith | CRR Treasurer,

On behalf of Glen Robinson |CRR President & Race Director.



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*NOTE: Course may change due to race day circumstances and permit requirements. Video is for promotional purposes only and may not depict event course accurately.