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No training run for Birkett in Berg River title defence

Andy Birkett is planning to defend his Berg River Canoe Marathon title in Paarl on 15 July without doing any training runs on the river. The SA K1 marathon title holder will fly down the day before the race just in time to do the time trial, but it is a tactic that he feels can still work for him. The 24 year old Pietermaritzburg ace won the SA K1 flatwater marathon title recently, deposing the […]

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New records raise the bar at Non-Stop Dusi 2015

In a remarkable Non Stop-Dusi, the men’s and women’s K1 records were each smashed by 10 minutes. In the men’s race, Nhlanhla Cele and Thulani Mbanjwa crossed the finish line together in a scintillating time of 7.44.44. Laura O’Donoghue annihilated Robyn Kime’s 2012 women’s record by shaving 10 minutes off in 9:24.55.   Mbanjwa spoke about his race experience with enthusiasm. “It is so sweet to win a big race again,” he said, adding that […]

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Hank McGregor claims fourth K1 world crown

  Durbanite Hank McGregor blitzed to a fourth world K1 title on a day that saw Team SA grab two gold medals at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships on the Oklahoma River. McGregor never lost control of the Senior men’s K1 race, and was comfortable to bide his time in third heading into the final turn. With two hundred metres to go McGregor swung out to the right and produced a devastating end-sprint that […]

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Breede River dominated by Birkett and Louw

Andy Birkett and Greg Louw pulled off a stunning victory in the two day Breede River Canoe Marathon that decided the SA K2 River Marathon title on the weekend, edging out world marathon champion Hank McGregor and his partner Jasper Mocké in a thrilling endsprint into the finish at Kambati Resort outside Swellendam, while Alex Adie and Nikki Mocké dominated the women’s race. The two crews started the second stage of the race side by […]

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Best 4 Healthcare/Kayak Centre's Abby Adie produced another dominant display as she extended her overnight lead further to her first win at the 2014 Berg River Canoe Marathon

Birkett wins close Berg River Canoe Marathon 2014 battle

The 2014 edition of the Berg River Canoe Marathon has delivered unquestionably one of the most exciting and hard-fought men’s races of the 240km four-day epic held in many years. Berg novice Andy Birkett was pushed to the line to hold off Western Cape ace Graeme Solomon, claiming his maiden Berg title. In the women’s, Abby Adie faced less resistance as she stormed to a convincing win over the finish line in Velddrif. Going into […]

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Record ninth Dusi title for Ulansky

Dusi Queen Abbey Ulansky clinched a record ninth career victory on Saturday when she and her partner, fast emerging Dusi Princess Robyn Kime, held off a valiant effort from Abby Adie and Anna Adamová to clinch a hard-fought victory in the women’s race of the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon. Kime and Ulansky started the day with just ninety seconds in the bank and knew they were always going to be in for a tough final […]

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Andy and Sbonelo celebrate by surfing across the line, Birkett-style, photo Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

Birkett, Zondi dominate men’s Dusi 2014

There was the usual frenzy of celebrations on the finish line of the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon when Andy Birkett and Sbonelo Zondi reached the crowd of thousands of supporters, friends and family at Blue Lagoon in Durban. Their bullish attitude rounded out a near-perfect performance over three swelteringly exhausting days of racing in the lush Msundusi and Mngeni River valleys.   With nearly nine minutes in the bag overnight, many expected the leaders to back […]

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Birkett clinches maiden Drak Challenge title



Andy Birkett snatched a sensational maiden title at the N3TC Drakensberg Challenge Canoe Marathon on 19 January. A mistake by triple champ Hank McGregor in the closing stages of the race gave Birkett the edge to cross the finish line first. It was lucky number four for Abby Adie as she held off the competition to claim her fourth women’s title.

 Racing on a low uMzimkulu River Birkett (EuroSteel) and McGregor (Kayak Centre/Team Jeep) started […]

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Birkett and Zondi clinch 50 Miler 2013 title

Andy Birkett and Sbonelo Zondi secured their victory in the 50 Miler Canoe Marathon on Sunday, 1 December. The race covers two-thirds of the Dusi course but has a strong emphasis on paddling instead of portaging. The combination, first cobbled together for their victory in last years Non Stop Dusi, is being widely billed as a Dusi Dream Team, but they have not showed all their cards in the current season until this weekend’s victory […]

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Magnetic Maritzburg scoops 2017 Canoe Marathon World Champs

South African canoeing received a major boost with the announcement by the International Canoe Federation (ICF) that the 2017 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships will be hosted at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg.

 The announcement came at the ICF Board of Directors meeting in Lima, Peru on the weekend, and follows a long application process driven by the Natal Canoe Club (NCC) to host the flatwater marathon world title decider at the home of the Dusi […]

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