Event Wrap Up

4th December 2017

Written by Dave Casey from Paddy Pallin –

The ever popular Paddy Pallin Urban was held on Saturday the 25th November in Sydney’s CBD. A great mix of social and racing competitors of all ages gathered near Central train station under sunny skies with a buzz of anticipation.

The Paddy Pallin Urban differs significantly to the usual adventure race by having a more family fun feeling and focusing on cryptic clues to find your way around the city. With public transport allowed there was plenty of time to be made up with the smart use of a train, light rail, bus or route selection.

When at one of the 20 check points there was a number of fun challenges ranging from kayaking on Sydney Harbour, Salsa, Ten Pin Bowling, Putt Putt Golf, Stand Up Paddle boarding and many, many more.

The social class saw the biggest turnout of teams. With the largest percentage being mixed teams, lots of families & first timers racing around the CBD for 6 hours with a strong focus on team work and enjoying the day.  Social results can be found HERE.

A great turn out of close to 100 teams competed in the Racing category with the mixed category proving the largest class. Over the 6 hours many teams covered close to 25km around the city with some tired legs but plenty of smiles to be seen. Special mention must be made of the Armstrong brothers of the Belrose Bicycles team who took all but one of the NSW based adventure races this year, congrats lads. Racing results can be found HERE.

After sitting on the sidelines manning the Paddy Pallin stall for the last 3 years, yours truly jumped into the action and had a great day racing around the city. With a mix of luck and good management, my wife and I cruised into 4th place in the mixed social category. If you’re thinking of joining the fun I can personally recommend this event as a great day out.

Special thanks to Maximum Adventure, the volunteers, Paddy Pallin and co-supporters Osprey Packs.

If you’re inspired and keen to join in the fun of adventure and urban racing in 2018, all the event locations and dates can be found HERE.