Sydney Trail Series – Kamay

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Kamay Botany Bay national park is situated on the southern coast of Sydney where the sun shines, the air is fresh and scenery is spectacular.  These were the conditions for the Sydney Trail Series Kamay run held on Saturday May 10th and Outer Image were blessed to be on course photographing the day for Big Run Events, our newest member to our client family.

Trail runners are an invigorated bunch race ready and full of smiles on the start line come 7am, nothing was going to ruin their day on the trails.  If you have not run at Kamay before then it comes highly recommended by everyone we talked to in the lead up to this event and afterwards.   The spectacular views from the cliff tops as you head south from the suburb of Kurnell running on open sandstone ledges, thru waste high scrub full of winter colour and out past the Cape Baily lighthouse are breath-taking.  This race has a something for everyone and with three distances of 7, 10 and 20km’s on offer you could choose your level of pleasure or effort.

What was also a great about this course is the diversity of scenery, it wasn’t just wind-swept open cliffs but the beautiful rain forests, swampy flats and the odd sand dune climb that really surprised us in such a compact national park.  The national parks are great for permitting events such as this in their parks as it makes more people aware of the area as many competitors will undoubtedly return with families to casually enjoy a sunny walk, I know we will.

If you are looking for more or different running events, we suggest you check out the Big Run Events website, www.bigrunevents.com.au as they have some local and very remote runs that will challenge everyone regardless of skill.

A big thanks to Laura and Greg, their team and the smiles from all the runners on course.

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Shimano GP round 2: James Estate

Shimano GP, Round 2, James Estate, 2014.

Last weekend was the wonderful James Estate Winery leg of the Shimano GP series. This race is completely different for us as part of its course runs through the vineyards and vats of the winery. It’s also a chance for one of us to go up in an ultralight and see and shoot the race from above. This year I was the lucky one and the flight was fantastic.

The James Estate winery is located in the Hunter Valley to the north of Sydney and is one of Australia’s premier wine producing regions. Luckily it doesn’t seem to share the same weather systems as Sydney though as it rained all weekend in Sydney while we were treated to some glorious weather.

Numbers were down slightly in this race but this was to be expected with the UCI World Cup taking place up in Cairns. This year for the event all the goings on were moved to the campsite area keeeping it all nice and central.

The track runs out to a single track on the edge of the Wollemi National Park. It zig zags around there before making its way back into the vineyard and up and round through the vines. Last year I covered the single track and Gil took the vineyard so this year we decided to swap around.  Finding numerous various shots in a vineyard is harder than I had expected.

It was another great event put on by Rocky Trail and one of our favourites on the circuit.

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