A tough day out at the 10th Lorne Adventure Fest

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Braden Currie - overall winnerThere were a number of dynamics at play at this year’s Lorne Adventure Fest, the 10th anniversary edition, on Saturday 6th December but that didn’t deter 1,200 determined adventure racers.

New Zealander Braden Currie continued his dominance of the Adventure Race, taking his third win in a row, and Naantali Marshall finally won the female category after finishing fourth, third and second in previous years.

As the overall winners of the event, Currie and Marshall also claimed the 2014 Australasian Multisport Champion titles, which have previously only been awarded in New Zealand.

Being the 10th anniversary of the event, past competitors came from right across Australia – and New Zealand – to compete and celebrate the milestone.

Mother Nature did her best to put competitors off-course with extreme weather forecast for race day and the prediction of unsafe race conditions. So race organisers Rapid Ascent went on the offensive and made the bold decision to change the event schedule and bring the Adventure Race forward by 24hrs to avoid the wild weather.

The premier event, the Lorne Adventure Race commenced alongside the Lorne Pier on Saturday morning and led competitors on a 55km course featuring a 1.9km ocean swim, 13km paddle, 16km trail run, 23km mountain bike and a 700m beach run to finish.

Guy Andrews, a triathlete, from QLD showed great form in the swim and paddle but reigning champion Braden Currie proved too strong and took the lead in the run leg to bring it home in 3 hours and 48 minutes, making it three wins in a row. In winning the Lorne Adventure Race he also claimed the title of Australasian Multisport Champion, stealing it away from New Zealand compatriot and second place getter Dougal Allan.

Allan finished strong in three hours, 54 minutes with an 18 minute gap on third placed Mark Padgett from Tasmania. Not far behind him was Ben Allen, another previous event winner.

“I haven’t raced here before and it’s an awesome location and a great event; I loved it,” said Dougal Allan from Wanaka, New Zealand.

Naantali Marshall - overall female winnerIn the women’s category Naantali Marshall finally had a win after finishing fourth, third and second in previous years, in a time of 4 hours, 47 minutes.

“There’s no way I thought I would win, that’s a really long run for me and I was waiting for people to pass me but they didn’t so I just keep tapping away; I’m absolutely stoked,” said Naantali Marshall.

Hot on the heels of Marshall were three previous winners of the Lorne Adventure Race: second placed Peri Gray from Jan Juc, third placed Kim Beckinsale from Queensland and another local Wendy Reyntjes. Only 8 minutes separated the top four women.

“I’m really glad I came down and was a part of the 10-year celebrations. I’ve only missed two of these races; I love it,” said Kim Beckinsale from Queensland who won the event in 2009.

Team Purple Blurr - 10th yearTeam Purple Blurr was also rapt to celebrate the event’s 10-year anniversary. The team has retained the same four members for 10 years and they crossed the finish line together before showcasing their collection of t-shirts from every year of the event.

Jacqui Stephens from Melbourne stole the show in the Mini Adventure Race, and shorter 29km off-road adventure that started on the Lorne Main Beach. She completed the challenging course 29 minutes ahead of nearest rivals in the female category, with Tiffany Jones and Bec Read finishing second and third respectively.

“I was injured an event in 2012 and then had my daughter; this is my first race back after 2 years so I thought I’d do the Mini instead of the full distance and that was hard enough,” said Jacqui Stephens.

The men’s race was tighter with Team Flying Fish – Brad Fisher with his 14 year old son - taking line honours in a time of 2 hours and 5 minutes.

Roger Souter was the winning individual in 2 hours and 8 minutes, finishing ahead of Glenn Drew and Tony McRae.

“I’ve never been down here before and I loved it,” said Roger Souter from Sydney.

Barwon Heads mother of three, Caroline Hutton, come across the line in just over 3 hours.

“I am so pleased to have finished, that was my goal. I have three kids and I’ve never done the whole thing before. It was really fun,” said Caroline Hutton.

Junior Survivor startLater in the afternoon, 385 little budding athletes excitedly took on Junior Survivor with 4km of running and obstacles in cold, wet conditions and they absolutely loved it! The grins at the finish line were priceless as proud parents encouraged them on.

In closing the event during presentations on Saturday afternoon Rapid Ascent Director Sam Maffett thanked everyone for being so accommodating with the event changes.

“Thank you to all the competitors, volunteers, spectators and sponsors who not only joined us for our 10th anniversary of the Lorne Adventure Fest today but who were all so understanding and accommodating about the changes we had to make due to the weather.

“We brought the Lorne Adventure Race forward by 24 hrs and changed the start times of the Mini and Junior Survivor. This required a huge juggling act but nobody complained; you all just worked with us to make it happen.

“And wow, did it happen! We had an incredible day for our 10th anniversary. It was great to be surrounded by so many happy competitors - many new to the event and many who have been with us for 10 years!

“Conditions were testing and the course was tough and you all rose to the challenge brilliantly so well done, and thank you,” said Maffett.

Check out the full race results here.


Individual Male:
1st. Braden Currie (NZ) 3:48:11
2nd. Dougal Allan (NZ) 3:54:22
3rd. Mark Padgett 4:12:54

Individual Female:
1st. Naantali Marshall 4:47:15
2nd. Peri Gray 5:00:18
3rd. Kim Beckinsale 5:04:52

The overall individual winners – Braden Currie and Naantali Marshall - were also crowned the 2014 Australasian Multisport Champions.

1st. Peak Adventure 3:57:27
2nd. Team Ranga 4:00:05
3rd. Team Sovereign Hill 4:02:36

Battle of the Businesses Winner: Team Go Ride a Wave


Individual Male:
1st. Roger Souter 2:08:30
2nd. Glenn Drew 2:12:17
3rd. Tony McRae 2:16:36

Individual Female:
1st. Jacqui Stephens 2:19:00
2nd. Tiffany Jones 2:48:03
3rd. Bec Read 2:54:04

1st. Flying Fish 2:05:51
2nd. Lorne Surf 2:14:35
3rd. Junior Team - Alex threw a potato on the roof 2:27:44

Battle of the Businesses Winner: Lorne Pharmacy Flyers

For further information visit www.LorneAdventureFest.com.au