Event Wrap Up7th September 2015
The 6th edition of the Coastal Classic was held on Saturday in absolutely stunning conditions with runners reporting slower times simply because they kept stopping to soak in the views and the sunshine. Held over a deceptively tough 29km course from Otford to Bundeena through the Royal National Park the event is not for the faint hearted. However it is always made easier by the cheers and assistance of the local Bushies out on course adding to the atmosphere of the event.
In conditions made for quick times the field didn’t disappoint with a record number of runners smashing the course in fewer than 4 hours. First across the line in the third fastest time ever on the course in a touch over 2hrs 19minutes was Mark Green, despite a few scrapes from a fall along the way he still finished over 7 minutes clear of Matthew Crane in 2nd and Quentin Reeve in 3rd. It was much closer in the Women’s field with only a minute and a half covering the podium. Laura Cameron claimed the victory in a few seconds under 3 hrs with Sonja Van Beck only 19 seconds back with Eva Gardner hot on her heels.
Among the field were also a select few chasing the ultimate accolade, that of being part of the first ever finishers of the Triple Trail Challenge. To be eligible for the limited edition Thermatech hoodie that was the reward for completing the challenge these hardy trail runners must have completed the Jabulani Challenge, Rafferty’s Coastal Run and the Coastal Classic in the calendar year. The successful finishers can be well proud of their achievements. The Triple Trail Challenge we be returning so if your aiming big in 2016 in doesn’t get much bigger…
However on a day like Saturday everyone was a winner, the record field come home across the afternoon with tales of whales breaching out to sea, super PB’s and volunteers throwing themselves in front of a rare snake sighting to protect the runners. As the runners relaxed on the grass at Bundeena Reserve enjoying a feed from the local RSL club or browsing through the specials on offer from event sponsors Thermatec, the tales grew and runners were of the opinion…I might well be back for the 2016 Coastal Classic, this is one not to be missed.
Some 2015 Coastal Classic Event Shirts were not picked up at the event, if you purchased one email us at [email protected] to claim your shirt. Similarly we also have a few 2015 Coastal Classic Event Shirts still for sale, if you are interested please send us an email with your size and you might be in luck.
You can see how you placed on the Results page HERE.
The team from Aurora Images were out on course capturing all the action from the day. Head over to their website HERE to check them out.
Till the 18th of April 2016 when entries open for the Coastal Classic 2016…