GO TEAM: Mother and daughter Shannon Murphy and Emma Thompson will contest the Run the Great Whitsunday Trail.
GO TEAM: Mother and daughter Shannon Murphy and Emma Thompson will contest the Run the Great Whitsunday Trail.

Countdown on to trail run

TRAIL RUNNING: Local lady and Whitsunday Running Club member Shannon Murphy will this year be running her second Run the Great Whitsunday Trail over the 28.7km distance.

This is despite the fact that Shannon has been regularly running this trail for a few years, simply for the pure enjoyment of trail running in our beautiful rainforest.

Shannon's mum Emma Thompson will also join her this year - the first time they have both competed in the same event.

Shannon is excited to have her mum here with her and is looking forward to racing in the trail again, her running preference.

"This is an amazing trail and we are so lucky that we have it in our own backyard with such beautiful rainforest,” she said.

"It will be great to run it with mum, as running is something we both share a love of. I have learnt a lot from her, and as she is faster than me, I am forever trying to catch her. It is so great to have a fit young mum.”

This event will be Emma's third time at this distance, having won the event twice.

Both Shannon and Emma are not as trained up as they would like and, with knowledge of the technically challenging course, will be taking it a little easier so will enjoy the scenery, the camaraderie plus the barbecue, cold drink, massage and ice bath at the end.

Competitors will be arriving in town from near and far for the weekend and they always leave with wonderful memories of this and the past nine years of the event.

Three special runners from Mackay and Townsville will be celebrating their 10th event this year., and many are competing for the first time on this course.

The first starting gun will fire on Sunday morning at 6am and see the 30 runners in the 57.4km head off from the lagoon to tackle the course own both directions.

At 7.30am 130 runners will board busses at the lagoon to be transported to Brandy Creek for their briefing and race start at 8.30am.

The 28.7km Runners must board the bus at Airlie Beach and cannot make their own way to the start.