Burril Lake Marathon

By Janet Small

Here is my belated race report and John’s photos from Burrill Lake. I hope you enjoy it.

Our club had a fantastic turn out and great results in Round 6 of the Paddle NSW Marathon Series with 18 SSCC paddlers competing. At the end of the day SSCC came 2nd in the club point score and 7 paddlers had won a place in their division.

Despite weather predictions of cold, miserable weather, a beautiful day dawned for the race with clear skies, a mild temperature and a light breeze. As always, Makai hosted a top class event.

The results were very good considering the race prep that allegedly occurred in the “Bachelor Cabin” with John, Pete and Adrian relaxing with a few beers before topping up with another beer or two when Gareth rocked up at 11pm. Ken also arrived late at night at Burrill Lake. Although we had a bedroom ready for race newbie, Ken, he decided to sleep in the cold in a small tent, rather than disturb us. We will improve our communications for next time, Ken!

Race morning dawned with the usual preparations and a sea of blue fleecy pullovers worn by our SSCC members. At every race there are the usual greetings, briefing, catching up with friends from other clubs and coffee. It is a luxury to have accommodation at the actual race venue. Soon it was time to get in our boats and go.

Gareth scored 3rd place in Division 3 with a time of 1:44 despite large, bloody wounds on his poor feet. This had something to do with the steering mechanism on Gareth’s latest kayak. It seems that Gareth can ignore pain. Matt Sheather also did a great time of 1:49 in the same Division.

President John also came 3rd in Division 4 with a cracking time of 1:51. John is obviously taking in his coaching advice from our Tuesday sessions. Freshly returned from a long holiday to the US, Mark Moro finished in 7th place, just 4 minutes behind John.

In Division 5, Andrew Giardini was probably singing as he motored home to a 1st place win with the amazing Louise only 3 minutes behind in 5th place. Congratulations Andrew.

We had another 1st place in Division 7 with Adrian enjoying his new Rocket kayak. Well done Adrian with a time of 2:04.

In Division 8, our club was represented by Ian Purves, who came 7th with an excellent time of 1.25 for 15kms. Jenny and Kim also paddled in Division 8 and came 11th in the double canoe. Well done!

After being demoted from Division 9, Bruce and I were rewarded with 1st place in Division 10 with a time of 58 minutes. Pete wasn’t far behind and had a very good race in the “Alan Voges”. Pete was not a contender for the Nemo (swimming) award this time. Pete came 5th and was right on the hour. Lachie was 10 seconds behind Pete in 6th place; an awesome result.

Carl did such a good time winning Division 11 that he has been promoted to Div 10 for his next marathon. Carl easily won Division 11 and was more than 4 minutes ahead of the 2nd place getter. He must have inherited all that speed from his Mum. Our lovely Lis also paddled in Div 11 with a respectable 1:08 time.

In Division 12 our friend Kevin Nettle won 2nd place for Cronulla Sutherland Kayak Club in 1:06. Frank also paddled in Div 12 and came 3rd in the ranking race.

After the race finished most of us retired to cabins to relax. A few people set off back to Sydney. It’s a big day to drive to Burrill Lake and home on the same day as the race. Gareth hobbled around and showed off his wounds to anyone game to look inside his ugh boots.
A few of us were lucky enough to stay another day and enjoy more paddling on Sunday in the beautiful conditions.

Thanks everyone who made the trip to Burrill and paddled for SSCC on the first day of Winter. Thankfully it was not very wintery. And many thanks to Makai and the Big4 Bungalow Park, who hosted this race. As always, the accommodation was clean and comfortable, the course was well planned and there was plenty of food and drink on offer including the post race dinner at the Ex Servos at Ulladulla.

Here is a link to the full results from Webscorer – https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=182907