Michael England blitzes fun run
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
MICHAEL England took some time out of his busy training schedule to win the 2005 Boyne Smelters Limited Turtle Way Fun Run/Walk at Tannum Sands on Sunday.
The 22-year-old, who heads down to Mooloolaba for this weekend's national road cycling titles, displayed his fine running ability, winning the 4km men's race in a time of 14 minutes flat.
England won the event by 20 seconds from Wayne Pywell, while Glenn Cordon rounded out the podium placings.
In the women's division, young gun Kaitlyn McMahon made it back to back titles.
The 14-year-old rising star sliced over 30 seconds off last year, winning in an impressive time of 15:53.
Katrina Smith had to settle for second spot in 17.17, while Liz Shortis finished third.
This year's event drew a near record total of 123 competitors who lined-up on a picturesque Sunday morning at Millennium Esplanade.
The trip down proved fruitful for Rockhampton visitor Wayne Hilber who won the men's 8km event in 29.03.
Local favourite Kent Spencer settled for second, while Greg McDiarmid finished third.
Ever-consistent runner Prue Oswin won the women's 8km in impressive fashion ahead of Kay McDiarmid and Kerri Ward.
This year's Golden Sneaker team challenge proved to be a huge success yet again.
Led by race winner England, the Carbon Crushers boys took home the trophy which is gaining in prestige each year.
The Crushers were raging-hot favourites going into the event and didn't disappoint, providing three of the top five overall place getters.
Winners: Senior 4km men Mi- chael England, women Kaitlyn McMahon, 8km men Wayne Hilber, women Prue Oswin, Veteran men Greg McDiarmid, women Kay McDiarmid, Mas- ter men Roger Bird, women Maxine Gilbert.