Brisbane Marathon Race Report

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With 25 knots winds only a 2 days before and a chance of rain, race day decided it would be sunny and calm. With the recent demolition of the Brisbane Clubs clubhouse it was back to the clubs traditional home. A super spot on the junction of Oxley creek and the Brisbane River. A large contingent of paddlers of approx 120 made the journey to complete over distances of 4-18 klms. Whilst paddling the river can look simple managing the current to best effect can be difficult. We saw a large range of different routes for the 6k loop up and around Indooroopilly Bridge. Some went wide on the right hand side on the way up and tried to beat the current on the way back. Others a more direct route up and a longer shore hugging course against the current. There was again a wide range of different craft and abilities with the field spread across all distances. The long course competitors though all had to dig deep with the up current section proving tough. A breeze had also spring up making the return trip even hard. Tired faces all around. Plenty of food was on offer with burgers, cakes and drinks and a big hunger had built up. This race was the first following the unfortunate demolition of the Brisbane’s clubhouse only a few months earlier. Whilst this has proved a difficult period for the club the members came out in force to pull this event off. Everyone was very appreciative of the great support of everyone who attended.

James Pitman