Mur­ray Quad suc­cess

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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.

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