25 May 2016
Note to self “don’t climb out of bed on the sunny south coast and put slops and a tee shirt on, and then head up to Pietermaritzburg at the crack of dawn, with no warm kit whatsoever”.
The bright idea to swap the guppy races with the ballies races, as the first race of the day of the KZN marathon championships, was a great one, if you were a guppy paddler. Not so much if you were a coffin dodger. After the first hundred metres my lungs felt like I had just inhaled a bucket of liquid nitrogen.
The weather was cold initially, but warmed up quickly, as did the level of racing (some of us old bullets are so tired to watch).
The disappointing turnout in the senior category was made up by the impressive turnout and standard in the U23 and Junior classes.
The absence of Hank McGregor on the start line made things slightly easier for Andy Birkett to win the senior men’s race, but he did not have everything his own way, as Jakub Adam gave him a run for his money.
The most exciting and impressive race, in my opinion was the U18 and U16 race, where Jean Van Der Westhuyzen obliterated the field with a brave solo break on the very first portage. I haven’t seen a K1 move that fast through the air since my K1 blew off my racks on the N1.
From a KNCU outlook, we have some impressive talent at the top end of the field, but may be lacking in depth in a number of the classes.
Eastern Cape also had their marathon champs over the weekend at the farm school village of Grahamstown. From reports, it appears that the Slummies crew from Border Canoe Club gave the PE boys a bit of a snotty.
Some exciting performances, especially from the juniors.
The Capies are bringing up the rear wrt the timing of their marathon champs, and will only be hosting it this coming weekend. Over the past few years, WCCU has become a dominant force in marathon paddling, and this year’s contest will be no exception.
All of this build up augers well for a very exciting SA marathon champs in Cape Town on the 11th and 12th of next month.
Please note that entries for SA Champs closes on the 6th of June.
This is also the final date for submission of nominations for paddlers to be included in the SA team to go to the World Marathon Champs. We have gone larny this year, and nomination forms are available to be completed online HERE!!
From marathon paddling we cross over to para canoeing and the fantastic news that Graham Paull has qualified for the Rio Olympics after his impressive final performance at the first world cup regatta in Duisburg Germany over the weekend. We now officially have two sprinters who will represent us, both with the possibility of bringing home a medal.
It was fortunate that the surfski race, which was to be held at Scottburgh over the weekend, was cancelled. Even if the organisers had wanted to host the race, they would not have been able to, as the scaffolding bridge that was washed out to sea during the recent flooding, is still languishing in the middle of the bathing area in middle break.
This weekend’s attention turns to the megalopolis of Winklespruit where the next in the coastal series will take place.
Well that’s me.
I am out of here.
Until next week.
Positive Hartley looking for World Cup improvement
The recent ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Duisburg, Germany was a disappointing one for London Olympic bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley who managed a consolation K1 Women’s 500m C-final victory and is now looking forward to setting the record straight at the World Cup second leg in the Czech Republic this weekend. Read the full story here.
Berg River Canoe Marathon
WC Canoe Union are instituting a set of qualifying criteria for the Berg River Marathon in the same manner as many major ultra-marathon events. To find out about the new qualifying structure go here and to enter the 2016 edition of the race head here.
SA Marathon Championships
The South African Marathon Championships take place in the Western Cape this year over the weekend of 11-12 June. It is set to be another exciting national championship so be sure to check with your union as to how to qualify.
World Marathon Championships
As mentioned by the SG above remember that you have to have the nomination form submitted by 6 JUNE however you will still need to print it off and sign it when you get to the primary trial later in the year! Get the form HERE and make sure you are not disappointed by not submitting it on time!
KwaZulu-Natal Canoe Union
The Winkle-Toti-Winkle Race will be happening this weekend and if you need more information then Barry Lewin is the man to get in touch with (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gauteng Canoe Union
Gauteng Schools League | We will be holding our next race at Homestead Dam, Benoni on SUNDAY 29th May | Registration is at 08h00 sharp and the races will start as soon thereafter as possible. Entry fee is R20,00 per paddler payable on the day.
Western Cape Canoe Union
It is the Western Cape’s turn to have their marathon championships this weekend. The event will be hosted by the Peninsula Canoe Club on the same course as the South African Marathon Championships will be held so make sure you get your entries in ASAP! For more info and entry forms go and have a look at the WCCU website here.
The Harbour2Heads Lagoon Challenge
The Harbour to Heads race is coming up in Knysna during the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. Registration happens on Saturday 2 July from 12-4pm with the racing happening on Sunday 3 July at 9am. You can enter online here. Head to their Facebook page here for more information!
PE2EL Surfski Challenge
Enter “The Challenge” at the special Early Bird Rate: Fees paid, and entry submitted by 15 June 2016: R2500! See our website www.bordercanoeclub.co.za for more info. We have officially “launched”, and are open for entries. We offer an experience of a lifetime, along the most impressive coastline in the world. This is an adventure not to be missed. Not for the fainthearted! Check the poster and get your entry form here!
2 x K2 Accords for sale:
Mid section Kevlar and including pumps. Good condition. Only done 2016 Dusi. R4500.00
Full Kevlar and including pumps. Good condition. Only done 2015 Dusi. R5500.00
Can be viewed in Umhlanga or at KCC Clubhouse. Boats always stored on garage or clubhouse racks.
K3 for sale: Eric’s Canoes K3 in good condition. Kevlar mid section. Small patches. R6000.00
Can be viewed at Eric’s Canoe Shoppe.
Mobile: +27 82 903 5103
K3 Canoe in good condition.
Contact Charl at 083 447 1500
Looking for a second hand Fenn Double Elite (Carbon or glass).
Based in CPT, but could arrange shipping.
e-mail address email@example.com or 084 234 1731
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