New format proves a winner for event
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.
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.