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.

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.

 

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

 

Kathmandu Adventure Race, Royal National Park

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Once again Maximum Adventure has put on a great day out in the form of Kathmandu’s Adventure Race in the Royal National Park just to the south of Sydney. The three day event attracted close to 1,000 racers making it the largest turn out for their adventure race series so far. Two different courses were used due to wet weather. Gil and I were there to cover the goings-on of the second weekend and luckily the weather shone bright over that couple of days.

 The race covered 5 different disciplines which included trail running, mountain biking, kayaking, orienteering and rowing. Judging by some of the antics happening out on the river the rowing was was one of the competitors favourites. I don’t think I have ever seen anyone row a rowboat backwards up a river before, quite humorous indeed.

 A big congratulations has to go out Maximum Adventure and Kathmandu for putting on such a great race and to all the competitors for making it a such a memorable weekend.

Below is a small sample of images from the race. The full set from both days can be found in the galleries here.