A team of four stand-up paddlers, proudly sponsored by SquareOne Physio, set a new distance record for a mixed-relay team on SUPs over 24 hours. As part of the Paddle NSW Ultramarathon Race Series, the team completed 44 laps of a 4.7km flatwater course in Canberra to cover a total distance of 206.8 kms. Hot temperatures and gusty winds, combined with rain and storms, added to the challenge.
Amy Blakemore, Simon Kent-Jones, Mike Hayes and Tuan Lam, all members of the local Sydney Paddle Surfing Club, entered the relay with the goal of reaching 200km and to raise money to support one of the club’s families dealing with myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue syndrome), as well as Emerge Australia, the national charity providing support for people with the disease.
With consistent effort each lap they were able to inch ahead of their schedule and comfortably exceed their target by race end. “With Square One providing us with the right physio equipment, targeted stretches between laps, and lashings of Fisiocrem, we were able to manage any niggles and power through the 24 hours, ” the team remarked.
You can support their cause by donating at their gofundme page here.
Check out the video link (Source: Tuan Lam) of Simon Kent-Jones finishing his first lap (lap 2 for the team) in SquareOne uniform.