Marlborough Sounds Adventure Challenge

Sounds Adventure Challenge

A great day was had by all at the inaugural Sounds Adventure Challenge. Attracting a small but dedicated bunch of experienced and not-so experienced multi-sporters, the competitors arrived at Portage Resort Hotel to a blustery day. Consequently the sea kayaking course was altered to provide a more sheltered option. Most single paddlers paired up and launched in double sea kayaks, and the rest braved the conditions – some with great success, others took a swim, but negotiated the course safely.

Sara Scott won the leg in stunning style, considering she hadn’t sea kayaked for a very long time. Transition one was on Portage Bay foreshore – followed by a 10km ride on the Kenepuru Road to Mistletoe Bay turnoff.

Henry Evans (our youngest competitor at 15 years old) outstripped the field riding this leg in 23 minutes, even though he had to stop for a slipped chain, and rode in running shoes with the toes cut out!

Marlborough Sounds Adventure Challenge RunningTransition two was at the head of Mistletoe Bay with runners travelling down the road and onto the Peninsula Track, through Mistletoe Bay Eco Lodge and up the Vogel Track, along the Queen Charlotte Track back to the transition area. Sandy Large took charge during the run and completed the 3km course in an outstanding 27 minutes. The terrain was quite challenging with tree routes and a steep incline to contend with on the Vogel Track.

Marlborough Sounds Adventure Challenge Biking

The last leg of the course was a 10km ride back to Portage Resort Hotel. Congratulations to Sandy Large, the first home followed closely by Mark Wharam. The rain and wind started to come down as the last competitor arrived back at the hotel. Delicious food and drinks supplied by Portage Resort Hotel, Moa Beer and Forrest Wine were enjoyed in the Snapper Bar before prize giving.

We were a small group on the day, with a diverse range of participants from as far away as Dubai to Wellington and Blenheim, and differing levels of experience – but all entered into the spirit of this inaugural event. The feel of the day was captured so well by feedback from one of the competitors:

“Just wanted to say we had a good time at the Adventure Challenge in the weekend. We liked how you focused on the safety aspect of things for the kayaking, with the rough weather. We also liked the laid-back relaxed feeling to the whole day. We are not great athletes, we were doing it more for fun and a day out than anything, so we weren’t serious at all, and it was a good vibe to the whole day. I was impressed with how organized you guys were. Well done!”

This event is a great start to spring for everyone from experienced multi-sporters wanting a training run to complete novices trying their first event. It is also a wonderful opportunity for families with teenagers to get out and have some fun together. We look forward to seeing you here next year.