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Murray Marathon finishes

The 45th edition of the Murray Marathon finished in Swan Hill on Tuesday.

January 1, 2014 4:14am

Glen Orchard of Kani Paddling Gear paddles through checkpoint charlie during day four of the Murray River Marathon at Swan Hill.

The 2013 YMCA Murray Marathon has come to a close on the banks of the Murray River in Swan Hill.

The event, which started five days ago in Yarrawonga, saw paddlers traverse 350km, snaking their way through Tocumwal, Echuca, Torrumbarry and Murrabit.

The final day of the Murray Marathon was 76km, but Lachlan Barrows (18) said the rapturous applause from the spectators and support crews made the hard day’s work all worth the effort.

‘‘Yeah it was bloody tough out there, but it just means that we have earned a relaxing night in Swan Hill,’’ he said.

Taking line honours (first to cross the finish line) were team Bush Pigs in Red, comprising Murray Marathon living legends and close mates Mick Dinkgreve and Gary Porter.

The pair was first to paddle into Swan Hill about 1.20pm, arriving to overwhelming jubilation from the crowds gathered on the banks.

‘‘Feeling ecstatic,’’ Gary said, as he was helped out of the boat by family and friends.

‘‘I’m feeling incredible right now, this is very special.’’

Mick’s son, Sam, took out the title for the under 14s so it was a sweet victory all round for the Dinkgreve family.

Second yesterday went to Old Mates, who also picked up line honours on day one and day three.

Team Kani Paddling Gear won the Margaret Baker Handicap by almost two hours, while Brett Greenwood was the fastest outright boat in his single kayak, completing the event in 21:46:18.

Camberwell Grammar under 18A won the schools cup and outright relay, winning in a time of 21:09:14, while Crusaders was the fastest junior team.

Kiaran Lomas also created history by becoming the first individual competitor to complete the marathon on a stand-up paddle board.

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