Results In – Murray Marathon Dress Rehearsal

Results In – Murray Marathon Dress Rehearsal

The 2008 Murray Marathon Dress Rehearsal was held on Sunday 14 December. After heavy rain Saturday, the clouds broke (briefly) but the wind kept pounding as 104 boats made their way around the Maribyrnong River circuit between Footscray Rd and Canning St.

Overall, 268 paddlers took part in the event across 8 starts – the 3rd largest number since records started nearly 20 years ago.

Podium finishers for the full distance 28kms were:

1st place – K2 of Keith Colomb & Tim Altman (2:09:02)
2nd place – K1 relay team of Oliver Whittaker & Duncan Groenwald (2:17:16)
3rd place – Simon Baird in a K1 (2:17:22)

Even in the gusty conditions, 9 FACC records were broken:

    K1Multi LO – Tegan Fraser
    RKL2MV40 – Simon Parsons & Greg Murray
    TK2XV40 – FACC’s Dominic Scarfe & Annette Scott
    K1MV40 – Chris Runting
    TK2LJ18 – Natalie Salih & Cat McArthur
    TK2LV40 – Trudy Morris-Moody & Deb Woods
    TK2MV50 – Gerry Griffiths & M. Robinson
    TK2XV50 – Julie Perrin & Kevin Harrington
    K1LJ14 – Sarah Bray

Full race results are available here, & some photos are below. Thanks to Andrew Connolly, more photos are now available here.

Congratulations to all those who won their class, broke their own records, and/or simply had fun!

Thanks to all those who contributed to this successful event, particularly the volunteers from FACC who organised the day: Andrew, Angelos, Annette, Brad, Dom, Eleri, Gayle, George, Gerard, Greg, Jeff, John P., John M., Marie, Mike, Nadine, Narelle, Neil, Nigel, Steve, Stew, Terri and Trent.

The FACC Committee also thanks the individuals from Altona SES and Westernport First Aid for their services.

The next race at FACC is the Saltwater Classic, Sun 1 Feb 09. Hope to see you there!
Chris de Luis
President, FACC
PS. Full sized copies of these images and others are available. Please email the club if you’re interested.