Deputy unhappy after being beaten by Mayor at parkrun

The inaugural parkrun begins in Urangan.
The inaugural parkrun begins in Urangan. Robyne Cuerel

THE threat of rain didn't deter about 80 keen runners and volunteers from Hervey Bay's inaugural parkrun event.

At 7am on Saturday, runners from across the region and south-east Queensland gathered at the Urangan Pier to begin the 5km run.

Organiser Jeanette Grigoris was excited with the turnout.

"We didn't get any rain and all and I thought it was a great day," she said.

"I reckon we'll get a way bigger group next week."

Although the parkrun was designed to be treated as a laugh, rivalries were brewing between participating councillors.

Deputy Mayor and fitness-freak Stuart Taylor placed seventh, three places behind the older, Mayor Gerard O'Connell.

Although Cr Taylor enjoyed the run, he wasn't entirely satisfied with the morning.

"All that matters is I got beaten by Gerard," he said.

"Not that I would look it up or anything, but he did it in 22 minutes and five seconds.

"Who's really looking, but it's roughly 17 seconds a kilometre that I've got to strip off."

Speaking to the Chronicle on the way to the gym, Cr Taylor said his training regime had immediately intensified.

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