River Canoe Marathon Media Release
: Dave Macleod
Big names surface in Berg entry list
Paarl – As the deadline for normal entries approached, a number
of big names surfaced in the entries for the Berg River Canoe
Marathon from 12 to 15 July, adding spice to what is turning out
to be a highly unusual Berg.
The character of the race is being dictated by the severe
drought that has the Western Cape in a stranglehold, and last
week the organisers issued a cautionary statement suggesting
that low water and hyacinth and tree blocks might force a
change to race route.
Understandably, paddlers have been reluctant to commit to taking
part in the 240km epic from Paarl to Velddrif, but by the time
normal entries closed there were 67 paddlers entered for the
The race organisers extended the normal entry deadline by a week
to accommodate this trepidation, and once medium term weather
forecasts become reliable, many paddlers are expected to lodge late
One entry confirmed is that of the women's double defending
champion Bianca Beavitt.
The Century City stalwart has been training hard for the defence
of her crown, and was in good form when she won the women's SA
K1 River Marathon crown at the recent Pink Lady Drakenstein
marathon, which covers much of the first third of the race.
Also on the list of confirmed entries is the icon Jannie
Malherbe. At 76 he is the oldest paddler in the field and it
targeting his 45th Berg medal.
Malherbe was one of the paddlers that took part in the first
ever Berg River Canoe Marathon in 1962 and enjoys a privileged
place in the Legends batch, alongside Giel van Deventer, who is
aiming for his 48th Berg medal.
Talented Under 23 paddler Tom Lovemore has also entered. He won
the Under 23 category race in a needle dice with Tyron Maher,
finishing in 13th overall. With a solid winter training base,
much of it surfski paddling in Durban, the MacSquad youngster
will be eyeing a top ten finish.
The elite entry is presently tilted heavily in the favour of the
two confirmed international paddlers Adrián Boros and Petr Mojžíšek,
and with rumours of anmo9ther big name to be added to the
international entry in the coming week, the podium race could
have a decidedly European flavour.
Normal entries will be taken until 10pm on Wednesday 5 July, but
paddlers entering on the extension will not get a race t-shirt
with their entry.
The Berg River Canoe marathon
starts in Paarl on 12 July and ends at Velddrif on 15 July. More
information can be found at
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Berg River Canoe Marathon
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Defending women's champion Bianca
Beavitt has confirmed her entry for the
Berg River Canoe Marathon from 12-15 July.
year old Jannie Malherbe, one of the paddlers who took part in
the inaugural Berg River Canoe Marathon in 1962, and won it
three times between 1963 and 1965, has also confirmed his entry
for the race this year.
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