New for­mat proves a win­ner for event

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT -

The new for­mat of two events across two days was a great suc­cess for the 2018 Mur­ray Quad, at­tract­ing peo­ple from across Vic­to­ria and NSW as well as over­seas vis­i­tors.

Par­tic­i­pants en­joyed in a pad­dle down the Mur­ray River or a run around the Black Bull Golf course and lapped up the lake frontage, with some keen ath­letes’ part tak­ing in both.

Fol­low­ing on from the Mas­sive Mur­ray Pad­dle which passed through last week, the event high­lighted pad­dling, with a 25 km race on Satur­day, from Co­bram to Tocumwal, fea­tur­ing a large va­ri­ety of wa­ter crafts.

Co­bram res­i­dent Damien Guthrie re­turned from cel­e­brat­ing his in­volve­ment in the Mas­sive Mur­ray Pad­dle on Fri­day to take part in the Peaches and Cream Pad­dle.

The fastest boat to com­plete the 25 km race was the quad skull from Corowa Row­ing Club in one hour and 36 min­utes.

The fastest male was John Young from Mel­bourne and the fastest fe­male was Joanne Hamil­ton-Vale on her SUP, which made it three dif­fer­ent types of boats tak­ing out the fe­male event in the past three years — kayak, skull and now SUP.

One of the pad­dlers, Ire­land’s Keith Gor­man found the Mur­ray Quad a great way for his fam­ily to ex­pe­ri­ence the Mur­ray River.

As well as a range of wa­ter crafts on of­fer, there was plenty to get the juices flow­ing for ath­letes on land.

On Sun­day, about 100 run­ners were given the rare chance to race on the pic­turesque Black Bull Golf.

Wagga Wagga’s Matthew Hope won the half marathon in one hour and 30 min­utes, ahead of Ba­rooga’s Harry Ukick, while James Nott held off Co­bram young gun Nathan Stoate to win the quar­ter marathon.

In the women’s event, Boorooma ‘s Stephanie Male won the quar­ter marathon and half marathon.

Af­ter many par­tic­i­pants had fin­ished their run, some backed up with their chil­dren to be in­volved in the Macca’s Kids and Par­ents Fun Run.

The fun run also dou­bled as a fundraiser for Heatkids, with more than $500 raised for the char­ity which pro­vides life­long sup­port Aus­tralians im­pacted by con­gen­i­tal/child­hood heart dis­ease and sup­port­ing re­search into find­ing a cure.

The Mur­ray Quad also of­fered the chance to do both events with the win­ner crowned the king and queen of the Mur­ray.

Echuca’s Bruce Gil­more and Gee­long’s Amy Van Braam were crowned king and queen.

The suc­cess of the event would not have been made pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of spon­sors and vol­un­teers.

Mur­ray re­sults

Pad­dle away: Par­tic­i­pants in the 2018 Mur­ray Quad, which at­tracted many, in­clud­ing over­seas vis­i­tors. Pic­tures: Jared Lough­nan Di­vi­sion four, v Tocumwal Golf (4) at home:

Top ride: Mel­bourne’s Joanne Hamil­ton-Vale looks a pil­lar of strength dur­ing the Mur­ray Quad.

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