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.

Great Adventure Challenge

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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.

 

Mountain Adventure

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As adventure-sports photographers we get to be a part of so many great events and over last weekend we got to add another one to our growing list, the Kathmandu Adventure Series held in the Blue Mountains national park.  The event run by Maximum Adventure is not our first of this style but the location at Euroka Clearing, just a few minutes away from Glenbrook NSW is new for us.  Great location, great event and great weekend.  Richard and I arrived Friday to scout some of the course and then got to enjoy minus degree Celsius temperatures and with what appeared to be some sleet.   Top this off with some new lookouts for us to gaze out from atop during sunset and sunrise made a top weekend and the event had not even started yet.

The event kicked off the next morning with a bang as competitors raced out in every possible direction from the start line picking up orienteering check points as they ran.  Trying to photograph this chaotic charge of energized adventurers trying to warm up limbs in the cold is no easy feat.  You cannot plan where they will go, attempts to do so proved fruitless, and if you sit and wait they seem to all arrive at your chosen vantage point at once creating a busy frame.  Things after that proved a little less challenging as they headed out on mountain bike and foot along single tracks to reach the further ends of the course.  From here they either paddled their kayak or took up another run leg along some cool gullies with fresh running water bubbling away in the background.

One thing I witnessed was the chatter and relaxed, fun attitude people were having out on the course.  Of course there were many focused on the win, a personal-best or simply beating their mates which is great to see but what followed really showed what these events are all about, getting outdoors.  This was evident that evening sitting upon Nepean river lookout, laughing at jokes about the days event while cooking dinner that night, its not the end result and winning that matters its the journey and the experiences getting there and appreciating them while there.

Go check out the full galleries here

Until next event, enjoy.

Gil – Richard.

 

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.

The full gallery can be found on our website here