Great Adventure Challenge

Team Data#3, Great Adventure Challenge

Last weekend we were up at Cam’s Wharf on the NSW Central Coast covering Maximum Adventure’s Great Adventure Challenge and it rained and rained and rained. But it didn’t dampen the smiles and the enthusiam for a great day out.

The Great Adventure Challenge or GAC is an adventure race for corporate teams where they raise money for the Starlight Foundation. 17 teams from various companies compete on the day doing a variety of disciplines including mountain biking, trail running and kayaking with a bit of orienteering throw in for good measure. The wet weather added a new element into the event as well.

The rain started about half an hour before we were due to start shooting and continued all morning. It turned the tracks into rather treacherous trails with a 10cm layer of thick mud on top. One of our photographers managed to get himself stuck in the mud on his way out to his location and had to be towed out. Although he didn’t reach his location for the day getting bogged provided us with a new shot of competitors running along a muddy road and playing in the puddles that was definitely unique to the day

Unfortunately due to safety concerns and the impact the competitors would have on the trails through the National Park the race had to be cut short slightly. The rain kept up through the day but it started to ease off in the afternoon until it dried up about half an hour before we were due to finish up.  Although we had full wet weather gear on we were all pretty thoroughly soaked through by the end of the day. Water always seems to find a way to get in.

Here is a selection of shots that we got from our locations throughout the day

Coastal Classic Trail Run

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A couple of weekends ago, after a previous delay due to heavy rain, the trails of the Royal National Park played host to Maximum Adventure’s trail run the Coastal Classic. Around 750 people strode out from Otford under the blue skies and set off for Bundeena. As always the event drew in everyone from serious racers covering the 29km course in just under 2.5hrs to social striders taking their time and making a day of it.

Being such a big event and a point A to Point B style event rather than a continuous loop we decided to put a fielda team of photographers on course to make sure we caught all the action. In total we had 6 of us out on course spread out and placed at some of the most idyllic and different settings we could find.

Although not one of the longest courses it does provide a great challenge as you are constantly going up and over the headlands running on soft sand beaches. What makes it particularily special though is its stunning views along the coast with its steep dramatic headlands and beautiful beaches. From one location that I shot i got to watch pod after pod of whales frolicking in the ocean.

A big congratulations to all who competed on the day. If you haven’t seen your results yet you can find them over on the Maximum Adventure website here and of course be sure and grab your photos from our gallery here. Here is a small selection of the shots the team caught on the day.