Murray Marathon: Two short men in big win

THE most dominant Murray Marathon performance in more than two decades was sealed yesterday when the team “two short men” claimed line honours at Swan Hill.

Greg Smith, from South West Rocks in NSW, and Stephen Monger, from Green Point, completed the 404-kilometre race from Yarrawonga to Swan Hill in a time of 30 hours 32 minutes and 57 seconds.

They crossed the line first on all five legs of the race, an achievement organisers said hadn’t been achieved for more than 20 years.

“This is a great event,” Smith said after their powerful victory.

“I’ve paddled it before but it’s a thrill to be first across the line.

“The river is beautiful.

“It really is hard to describe this experience.”

His teammate agreed.

“Seeing all the people on the river bank over the five days was amazing,” Monger said.

“They all cheer you on.”

Second place was taken out by Tony Hystek, of Lidcombe, and third was the Double Dragon team of Mick Carroll, from Tumbi Umbi, and Jack Ward, of Chittaway Point.

The three teams also filled the podium for the full men’s distance category.

The winner of the Margaret Baker Handicap was Raewyn Duffy, from Malabar, with a time of 30 hours 1 minute and 24 seconds.