Murray Quad success
Boasting a new format of two events over two days has proven to be a great success for the 2018 Murray Quad.
Event organizer Tim Roadley said entries came from all over Victoria and New South Wales as well as overseas.
“We had visitors make the joinery to the Murray River to participate in a paddle down the river or enjoy a run around the Black Bull Golf Course and enjoy the lake frontage, with some keen athletes taking part in both,” Tim said.
“Following on from the Massive Murray Paddle that started in Yarrawonga last week the event once again highlighted paddling with a 25km race on Saturday afternoon from Cobram to Tocumwal.
“There was a large variety of water crafts, including local mother and daughter team of Jenny Hardman and Kristi Hardman who paddled together in a double kayak winning the half distance race.
“The fastest boat to complete the full distance was the quad skull from Corowa Rowing Club in just one hour and 36 minutes. Fastest male was John Young from Melbourne and fastest female was Joanne Hamilton-Vale on her SUP that made it three different types of boats taking out the Peaches and Cream Paddle in the last three years; a kayak, a skull and now a SUP.
“One of the paddlers, Keith Gorman visiting from Ireland found the Murray Quad a great way for his family to experience the Murray River by paddling his SUP while in Australia on holidays.”
Tim said the Sunday running event attracted around 100 runners keen to take up the unique opportunity to race on the picturesque Black Bull Golf Course or participate in trail run alongside Lake Mulwala.
“Many locals and visitors participated including one runner coming from Holland,” Tim said.
“Matthew Hope from Wagga Wagga won the half marathon in one hour and 30 minutes 30 seconds in front of Barooga’s Harry Ukick and James Nott held off Cobram young gun Nathan Stoate to win the Q.
“In the women’s event Stephanie Male from Boorooma won convincingly, winning both the quarter marathon and half marathon.
“Astro Prescott and Naomi Hooper won the separate 7km trail run.
“Members of the local Sunrunners were once again out in force with some great achievements.
“After all participants had finished their run many backed up with their kids to be involved in the Macca’s Kids and Parents Fun Run which also doubled as a fundraiser for Heartkids.
“The effort raised over $500 towards the charity which provides lifelong support Australian’s of all ages that are impacted by Congenital/ Childhood Heart Disease and at the same time supporting research into finding a cure for this disease.
“The Murray Quad also offered the chance to do both events with the winner crowned the King and Queen of the Murray. Bruce Gilmore from Echuca won the King and Amy Van Braam from Geelong won the Queen. Local sporting identity Gary Smith with Ralph Wright from Barwon Heads combined to win the relay team event.
“The success of event like this is not possible without the support of our volunteers and sponsors: McDonalds Yarrawonga and Cobram, Yar- rawonga Mulwala Tourism and Business, Central Murray Credit Union, Yarrawonga Chronicle and Silverwoods and the Black Bull Golf Course for use of their wonderful golf course; Fast Finish Timing for their expert services and the local clubs that supplied volunteers; the Yarrawonga Mulwala Amateur Canoe Club, Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club, Yarrawonga Scouts, Yarrawonga Men’s Shed and the Yarrawonga Rowing Club.
Runners at the Yarrawonga Rowing Club begin the Black Bull Half Marathon.