Only a small contingent of club members made their way to Ulladulla and Burrill Lakes for the Makai Paddlers hosted marathon. It was a great event and I’d highly recommend it in future.
The marathon was held in blustery conditions, but provided good racing for all levels.
The weekend was rounded out by a solid programme of entertainment on Saturday night and the 2nd Annual Lake Lunacy multisport race on the Sunday.
The 6km paddle, 8km run, Lake Lunacy drew a small but hardy contingent including a good showing from the Sutherland Shire Canoe Club. Steve and Ross teamed up to race against individual entries from Kate and Kristy, while Monica teamed up with SUP paddler Kieran from Burley Griffin in the mixed teams event.
Enjoy the photos, while we wait for Robyn to come up with a suitable story…
Reply from Robyn Bingle
Gee Steve… “Suitable story”. Is there one when we go away for a Marathon weekend?
Everyone needs to put this one in your diary for next year. The Makai club certainly puts on a great weekend, non stop fun and entertainment for 2 days. For Ross and I we had 3 days, heading down early Friday setting up camp next to our camping neighbours Peter and Cara. They said they were so tired after the race that sleep over took them, but I did tell Janet and Bruce not to be too noisy.
When Ross and I arrived on Friday the wind was icy and very blustery. To settle the nerves (lol), Tracey and Bob easily twisted Ross and my arms to have a drink (which broke our rule, no drinking the night before a race, oh well it was after 12pm) and since Bob cooked some gluten free macadamia and chocolate chip muffins on the weber, we needed something to wash them down.
Saturday morning started quite cool everyone tossing up what to wear, what a dilemma. So race time started and we were off, soon warming up. As you can see Steve and Kate standing out in their orange gear (anyone remember the 1970/80s the orange people walking and singing in the streets of Sydney? Steve and Kate are bringing that back on the water). Ross and I decided to strip off, no not completely, but Monica stripped off half way round the course. She totally confused Warren when she was yelling out to him “there’s a tyre!”. He thought she was saying “retire”. He was wondering am I going that bad. Kevin had a very worried look on his face when he was warming up with memories of last year when the wind forced him to do a 360. Bruce and Janet had a great race, with Janet smiling all the way looking forward to her organic white wine chilling in the fridge.
Later in the afternoon we all met back at the marque, eskies in hand ready to sit back and relax. But once a few drinks were downed and the band warmed up, we all were back in our 20s up dancing on the dance floor.
Sunday again started off cool but it soon warmed up on water and land, with the paddle and run race. Steve and Ross teamed up. They did very well with Ross not having any running training (Monday update, quads very sore, hard to walk down steps). Kate and Kristy both paddled and ran, great effort, and Monica! What a powerful runner. You should take up this sport, with no seat to worry about. Good work everyone.
PS Too much fun to worry about times and places.
And another perspective from Janet Small…
Lake Lunacy – Makai Paddlers Marathon Series Round 6 at Burrill Lake
After having a fun time last year at Burrill Lake, Brucie and I headed to the Big 4 Bungalow Park to participate in Round 6 of the Paddle NSW Marathon Series. I was looking forward to the race and a weekend away with friends at this immaculate holiday park.
A small contingent from Sutherland Shire Canoe Club made it to Burrill Lake on Friday afternoon. The caravanners had set up camp and were flying the SSCC flags. Most of the kayak crowd opted for holiday cabins in fact the “streets” of the holiday park were lined with parked cars sporting kayaks and skis on roof racks.
The marathon race was incorporated into the “Lake Lunacy” weekend of paddling, organised by Makai Paddlers. As with last year, the event was brilliantly organised by Makai, Big 4 and Paddle NSW. The park’s waterfront looked festive with huge inflatable buoys marking the course, a row of flags and a big marquee.
The main topic of conversation from Friday afternoon, until the race began, was the weather. 38km hour winds were forecast for Saturday and it was already windy on Friday afternoon. Despite the breeze, the lake itself looked like a pond. Saturday morning dawned chilly and we stood around debating what to wear in the kayak. It is cold standing around waiting, but we would be warm while paddling. The weather didn’t turn off too many people with 146 paddlers lining up at the start. Not everyone would finish.
Race time approached and we got into our vessels. It was cold and gusty with drops of rain. The water looked black and uninviting. We huddled in the sheltered southern corner with the ducklings, waiting for our Division number to be called. It was interesting to look at the range of garments being worn by the paddlers – from the optimistic wearing singlet tops to the cautious wearing full kits of beanie, jacket and PFD.
Finally that wonderful moment came when the waiting was over and we could begin to paddle and get warm.
Out on the course, the conditions were quite challenging. We were grateful for our fat cat kayak. During one section, paddling cross-wind, my paddle was nearly blown out of my hand. While we struggled, the Division 1 winner (Matt Blundell) charged past at a rate of knots in his skinny K1 – a wonderful sight to see. I hope he was at least tired afterwards.
Another vision in a double ski was Steve and Kate; taking the lead in Division 2 (with a time of 1:46:10) and looking very stylish with their matching outfits and beautiful timing.
And in no time at all, the race was over and I my temperature seemed to plummet. My fingers were drained of all colour and I could barely loosen the buckles on my PFD. I appreciated thawing out in the warm shower.
Monica was warm enough to take a short dip during the race before winning Division 7 with a time of 2:10:39. Monica also had the energy to compete in the SUPer X Stand Up Paddle Grand Prix race held Saturday afternoon. Well done Monica!
Robyn and Ross made a great team in the Rolls Royce and scored a respectable time of 1:56:22. Bruce and I came third in the 15km division with a time of 1:26:52.
Bob and Kristy didn’t paddle but were busy doing official Paddle NSW business.
CSKC was well represented on the weekend with Darren Lee coming 3rd in Division 1. Our dual members had good results in the 10km Division. Kevin Nettle came 1st, Warren came 6th and Kate and Gary scored 7th place. Great work!
On Saturday night the weekend festivities continued with the presentation dinner, drinks and a cover band called Jimmy and The Fishheads. The music was loud, the drinks were cool and I added a bogan element by dancing in my ugh boots.
Robyn and Ross invited us to their van for delicious home-made sweets and tea. We solved the problems of the world before retiring at the late hour of 10pm.
On Sunday morning, Bruce and I said goodbye to Kristy, Kate D, Steve, Ross and Robyn. These energetic types were heading to the Lake Lunacy multi-sport (7km paddle and 8km run) event. There must be another yarn there.
So, next year let’s boost the SSCC numbers at Burrill Lake. Surely there can’t be 3 cold and windy years in a row! Just think of that lovely hot shower that will await you – only metres from the finish line – after a nice challenging race.
Thanks everyone for your great company on the weekend.
There’s stacks of Gaye’s photos online at https://www.flickr.com/photos/123301968@N08/sets/72157645364084649/