Paddy Pallin at Glenbrook

Paddy Pallin Adventure Race, Glenbrook, 2017

The weekend saw the final round of Maximum Adventure’s Paddy Pallin Adventure series being held at Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains. Around 200 teams took to the tracks and trails in and around the Euroka Clearing. Under threat of a heatwave the race kicked off an hour earlier with teams heading out from the start in every direction to get started on each discipline of kayaking, mountain biking and trail running with a splash of orienteering thrown in for good luck.

 

Coastal Classic 2017

Once again it was time for the trail runners favourite, the Coastal Classic. It’s one of Sydney’s highest rated trail runs, taking runners along a beautiful stretch of coastline going through the Royal National Park. Being in a national park though the organisers, Maximum Adventure, have to cap the numbers and so it can be hard to get an entry as they sell out so quickly. The Coastal Classic brings to a close the Thermatech Triple Challenge series which also included the Jabulani in Ku-ring-gai Chase and Raffertys Coastal Run at Lake Macquarie.

Although the Coastal Classic may not be the longest of races it certainly presents a good challenge to those who take it on. The trail takes runners up and down the park’s headlands and onto the numerous sandy beaches along the coast of the Royal National Park . Unlike last year at this time, when there was torrential rain forcing the postponement of the race, we had a beautiful spring day, chilly in the morning but warming up nicely as the day progressed. Out on course we had 5 photographers positioned to capture the beautiful coastal scenics and the runners enjoying the trails. There was around 1000 runners on course from all different skill levels, some there to run fast and put in the best time they can while others were taking their time and enjoy the day out.

The Triple Challenge has been a great series to cover. Next up for us in the trail running category will be the Bouddi challenge in October. A new race on the running circuit running through the Bouddi National Park on the Central Coast.

You can find the full gallery of Coastal Classic images on our website here If you want to see the images from the other races of the triple challenge you can find the Jabulani images here and Raffertys Coastal Run images here

See you on the trails.

Racing in the Royal National Park

Maximum Adventure’s Paddy Pallin Adventure Race at the Royal National Park, 2017

This weekend saw 2 days of adventure racing through the Royal National Park in Sydney’s South East. The event was a variety of disciplines that saw athletes mountain biking, trail running, orienteering and kayaking through some of the parks fabulous scenery.

This was round 3 of Paddy Pallin‘s Adventure Series. The first one for the series was Cam’s Wharf near Newcastle then it went up to Queensland for round 2 and the 4th and final round will be in the lower Blue Mountains  later in the year.

Both days started off chilly down by the edge of the Hacking river but as the sun broke through things warmed up a bit. Sunday was a fantastic day for racing and being out and about. Saturday remained a bit cloudy but was fantastic light for photography.

Here’s a few highlights from the race.

The full gallery can be found on our website here where you can buy your images if you raced.

The results can be found over on Maximum Adventure’s website here.

The Willo Enduro

The Willo Enduro, Wingello State Forest, 2017

Last weekend we headed down to the Southern Highlands for the annual Willo Enduro. The Willo is a great race to shoot simply because it is on such a beautiful track. There are certain sections on the track that are just a photographer’s dream.

The Willo is typically held under a blanket of grey cloudy with a slight drizzle in the air. This year didn’t disappoint us either. While that doesn’t sound too tempting it is great for shooting in the forests. Overnight rain had left the track slick and muddy and had a few riders sliding around in the damper sections.

This was our first year covering the event for competitors though Gil and I have shot it over the previous years on an editorial basis. We called up another member of our team and then all headed off into our various sections of the forests. I had the wonderful Nyes creek crossing, a beautiful section of rainforest and ferns.

Normally we would change locations a lot more but since it was only a 3 lap race we just stayed relatively close to our designated areas. Luckily since it is such a beautiful track those areas have an abundance of shots and angles.

If you want to see the complete gallery of photos and grab your images from the day they can be found here on our website.

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Jetblack 24hr: Awaba

Jetblack’s Annual 24hr XC race was held at Awaba this year. It was a change from the usual tracks that hold the longer races as for us it meant all the shots would be under the canopy of the trees. Awaba doesn’t have much if any open areas.

Jetblack Twenty Four Hour XC race at Awaba, 2017

Although the weekend started out warm and sunny once the race got underway the clouds moved in bringing with them a few showers. Luckily despite an initial blast from a well aimed storm the rest of the race remained relatively dry. The rain was actually great as it brought the dust level down and provided better traction for the riders and they kept knocking out the laps.

As night fell the 6+6 category retired from the track leaving only the dedicated night riders out on track. For us it meant things slowed a bit on track but it also gave us time to work on our lighting and fine it to get the most out of our shots.

After a couple of hours kip we got up in time to catch the 6+6 riders as they headed back out on to the track. Gil headed out to the northern end of the track while I walked the western side.

24hr races are demanding for the riders but also for us. But in so saying they do provide us with some great photographic opportunities that we wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to shoot.

If you want to see the complete gallery of photos they can be viewed here on our website. If you raced be sure and download your free images courtesy of Bacci Fresh and Jetblack Products.

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Paddy Pallin’s Adventure Race, Cam’s Wharf

Paddy Pallin’s Adventure Race, round 1, Cam’s Wharf, 2017

What a scorcher. The summer heat continues. This time the sun beat down on the first round of Maximum Adventure’s Paddy Pallin Adventure race at Cam’s Wharf. We took a small team up with us to cover the action.

With a heatwave in full swing the thought on everyone’s mind was how hot it might get through the day, so in order to try and avoid the worst of the heat the event was brought forward an hour.

With a change of course it was mostly an all new track and for us all new angles with which to shoot from. We had scouted part of the track for the Great Adventure Challenge previously. Instead of heading out towards the coast near Catherine Hill Bay the race headed south around the southern end of Lake Macquarie to Gwandalan. This time there were 2 kayak legs this time which offered a chance to get out into the breeze that was blowing across the water.

The full gallery of images can be found on our site here. Full results can be found on Maximum Adventure’s site here. While you are there sign up for the next race in Sydney at the Royal National Park and we shall see you there

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Paddy Pallin’s Urban Adventure

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One of the more unique events on the Outer Image calendar is Paddy Pallin’s Urban Adventure race. It’s an adventure race that takes place through the heart of Sydney. Competitors race around the CBD and surrounding suburbs doing various events and challenges. collecting points.

The events and challenges vary greatly and are most unlike what you would expect to find at an adventure race. They included Lego Building,  indoor climbing at Sydney University, slot car racing where competitors had to complete 3 laps of a circuit in under 25 seconds, Painting a portrait with your foot, frisbee golf at Centenial Park, a short sack race, dance lessons where it was all about the style and even price check shopping in the Paddy Pallin store in the city. A little bit of something for everyone.

The race attracts all types of people from some serious racers out for a day of fun to families with small children taking on their first adventure race. It’s definitely one to keep an eye out for next year especially if you would like to dip your toes into the world of adventure racing even if it is an adventure race with a difference.

Check out the full gallery of urban adventure images here.

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Base in Bright’s B24

The Thule B24 mountain bike race in the Victorian Alps around Bright

Once again the Thule B24 has rolled around put on by Base in Bright down at the beautiful little Victorian town of Bright. Tucked in the Victorian Alps, Bright is a bikers paradise with trails running everywhere to suit all levels of skill and all types of biking. An unfortunate clash of dates meant I was down there this year while Gil went off to cover the Highland Fling.

The threat of rain unfortunately kept the numbers lower than expected but, considering the forecast, the turnout was great and certainly not the small race it was when it kicked off 4 years ago. The weekend started out at the Bright Brewery with a track stand contest and a few beers.

Saturday lunch saw the race get underway from the grand marquee. First out were the solo racers, followed 15 mins later by the esprit d’ corps category. A few shots along the river then I headed out to the new section of track called Tombstone. By all reports this super-flowy section went down a treat and everyone who came down were all smiles. Basically though, all the track was new as the course had been reversed this year to accommodated taking in Tombstone.

Early Sunday morning around 1am, I had just about dozed off in the back of my car when the sky lit up and the heavens opened with a bang as a thunderstorm rolled in. I felt pity for those still slogging it through the night. Some pretty torrential rain fell over night but by morning it had eased back a bit in intensity though was still consistent. The rain fell through the Sunday at times becoming increasing again. I was rather helpless as first my lenses started to mist and then I saw moisture forming inside the camera itself. Not much to do but keep shooting anyway.

By the end of the race those who were was still out on track were plastered with mud but still everyone who came in couldn’t wipe the smile off their face after such a great event. I have long wanted to shoot a few portraits after a muddy race like that and I got more than my fair share of mud-encrusted faces after the race finished up

Sam Moffitt took the win with his first 24hr victory and Courtney Henry took the win in the female solo category with her 3rd ever mtb race.

Head over to the full gallery to check out all that was captured over the weekend.

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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.