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Murray Quad success

Despite the cold, wet conditions and altered racing schedule, the inaugural Murray Quad was successfully held on Saturday, fundraising more than $25,000 for the Save the Children charity.

JARED LOUGHNAN May 13, 2014 3:15pm

Race Director and creator of the event Tim Roadley said that despite having to cancel the bike leg due to police safety concerns the rest of the event ran smoothly.

“The Murray Quad was planned to be Australia's first Quadrathlon but due to the extreme weather the event was reduced to a ‘Hydrathlon’,” Tim said.

“The feedback however was fantastic and many have said they will return to complete the full distance next year.

“Teams entered from all around Victoria, South Australia, Canberra and Sydney including the CEO of Save the Children Australia who has committed to see this event back in Yarrawonga next year and build on this year’s success.”

Due to the cool water temperature, a low river level and rain affected roads, the athletes competed over a revised course covering 44kkm in three disciplines; 1.8km swim from the Rowing Club to the Yacht Club, 20km run through Chinaman’ Island and Silverwoods Black Bull Golf Course and 22.2km kayaking leg on a 5.6km upstream/downstream course loop from Thomson’s Beach at Cobram.

A total of 23 individuals tackled the full course while 24 teams shared the distance. The event finished with an enjoyable presentation dinner on the Saturday evening at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort attracting more than 200 people.

Save the Children National Fundraising and Events Manager, Brett Long said that despite relentless rain throughout the morning and bitter cold winds, the inaugural Murray Quad was a great success.

"The local community got right behind the Murray Quad, making it an event that will no doubt be remembered by all. We look forward to putting on an even bigger and better event in 2015.

"Funds raised from the event will help Save the Children to support vulnerable children in Australia and around the world, from our work providing early childhood services for children and families in Shepparton to our programs in Syria and surrounding countries providing food, education, healthcare and child protection to those affected by the conflict," Mr Long said.

The first individual male winner was Gary Rake from Canberra in a time of 4 hours 7 minutes and 51 seconds and first individual female was Elizabeth Dornom from Melbourne in a time of 4:30.17.

First relay team was the VU (Victoria University) Team which included local Brea Roadley along with Sasch Bondaremko and Stephen Menzies from Melbourne recorded a time of 3:39.19.

Fastest swimmer was David Wood in a time of 25 minutes and 38 seconds.  Fastest runner Sascha Bondaremko in time of 1:08:14 and the fastest kayaker was John Young in a time of 2:03:02. Brea Roadley was also fastest female in the kayaking leg with a time of 2:03:40.

Other locals and individuals competing were the Team Focus Team who finished with a 19th overall placing consisting of Paul Niewenhout (swim), Rikki Macheda (Run), Nadelle Kelly (Ride), Cathrina Shaw (Paddle).

Jared Loughnan also competed in the kayaking leg as part of a team from Melbourne and finished with an overall placing of 14th.

“We are lucky to have this event in our own backyard and thanks to all those organisations, sponsors and volunteers we demonstrated that we can hold such a large and important event here along the Murray River,” Tim Roadley said.

The organisers would like to thanks the following local organisations for supporting the event;  Sponsors - Moira Shire, Yarrawonga Holiday Park, Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism and RACV Cobram Resort, Yarrawonga Chronicle, Black Bull Golf Course. Prizes - Blizzards Jewelers, Murray Estate Winery, Coppers Pies, Auto Pro, Dominquies Jewelers. Support - Woolworths and Bakers Delight Wangaratta, Phil Smith’s Boat Hire.  Clubs who offered volunteers and services - Yarrawonga Mulwala Amateur Canoe Club, Yarrawonga Rowing Club, Yarrawonga Yacht Club, Yarrawonga Mens Shed, Yarrawonga Angling Club, Tungamah and Yarrawonga Loins Club, Cobram Canoe and Cycling clubs, Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Resort.If any organisation or individual would like to find out more information about next year’s event contact Tim Roadley on 0417 373 376.

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