More glorious sunny and warm weather greeted a record number of teams at last weekends Paddy Pallin Adventure Series round at the Lower Blue Mountains just west of Sydney. An exciting course for both the Classic and Novice courses consisted of a short rogaine around the hub, kayaking on the Nepean River, trail running, perfect single track for the mountain bike and to all competitors excitement the canyon splash & scramble through Glenbrook Gorge.

With temperatures predicted to push into the high 30’s the start time was moved 1 hour early with most teams enjoying the cool morning and escaping the afternoon heat. However hydration was high on everyone’s plan with plenty of people stocking up on Osprey Packs, Clif Bars and Gu’s at the Paddy Pallin stand before the race started.

The Classic course witnessed some great racing with 13 teams completing the bonus run or bike leg before the cutoff. The Armstrong brothers of Belrose Bicycles continued their winning ways in the mens. While the mixed category saw the tightest finish of the day with Shane Field & Neroli Field from Mixed Up pipping Go to bed Tom’s Brett Healey & Clare Williams by only 9 seconds!!

The Novice race continues to grow with every race with 51 teams enjoying their 1st taste of adventure racing, with a highlight being the high number of couples and family’s (including one young lad who was just 6 years of age) competing. With the prizes being given out in a lucky draw format everyone had a chance to win something on the day.

For those who are still keen to join the fun there is one race left in the 2017 Paddy Pallin Adventure Series, the ever popular “Amazing Race” held in Sydney’s CBD on the 25th of November.

Special thanks to Maximum Adventure, the volunteers, Paddy Pallin and co-supporters Osprey Packs.

Click HERE to see your results and photos.

Classic Winners:

Female Teams:

  1. LottynScotty – Amy Scott, Charlotte Higgins
  2. Fortifit – Jane Senior, Vinia Venrooy
  3. Perry’s Rock – Fiona Hornman, Monique Perry

Male Team:

  1. Belrose Bicycles – Chad Armstrong, Ryan Armstrong
  2. Can Toucan finish – Paul Argerakis, Brad White
  3. Team Osprey – Anthony Schnabel, Luke Mcardle

Mixed Team:

  1. Mixed Up – Shane Field, Neroli Field
  2. Go to bed Tom – Brett Healey, Clare Williams
  3. Bellpatricks – Riordan Bell, Alice Fitzpatrick

Novice Winners:

Womens Team:

  1. The Eliza’s – Eliza Shumack, Eliza Hull
  2. Yeti Girls – Bronwyn Staples, Brooke Ayling
  3. Simita – Nikita Hostland, Simone Deane

Mens Team:

  1. Team Korompay – Stephen Korompay, Matthew Korompay
  2. Stop n Go – Andrew Green, Kyle Osborne
  3. Dougmen – Anthony Douglas, Lachlan Douglas

Mixed Team:

  1. Third Time Lucky – Catherine Froome, Mathew Froome
  2. Warrimoo Wombats – Jacqueline Murray, Paul Murray
  3. Funbledore – Julie Mcauliffe, Nathan Kleyn


About The Author

Dave Casey

Dave has worked as an International Expedition Leader and in Outdoor Education for over 15 years. He has extensive travel and guiding experience in Australia, NZ, Asia, South/North America and Europe. In his spare time Dave is a keen bushwalker, mountain biker and climber while also dabbling in some mountaineering and sea kayaking.

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