Breede River Canoe Marathon Media Release
16 Aug 2022
Nisbet and McGregor target Breede to prepare for world champs
Robertson - One of the first entries received for the upcoming
Breede River Canoe Marathon on 3 and 4 September was that of the
powerhouse KZN women’s crew of Jenna Nisbet and Pippa McGregor,
dramatically changing the complexion of what will be a highly
competitive women’s race.
The pair won gold at the SA Marathon Champs held at Hazelmere
Dam in June, earning them their place in the national team to
contest the ICF World Marathon Championships in Ponte De Lima in
Portugal at the end of September.
Nisbet says that the timing of the Breede Marathon is ideal for
their preparations for a shot at the women’s podium at the world
champs a month after the Breede.
“We really wanted to try and get as much race experience as we
could before we race at the world marathon champs in Portugal,”
“At the moment there is not that much on the calendar for us to
do, so we had to sit and work out which is the best race for us
“We are really looking forward to the adventure!” said Nisbet,
who hasn’t raced the Breede since her podium finish with Kim van
Gysen in 2012.
Nisbet said that they are looking for a tough test of their
ability in the build-up to the world champs, even if it means
racing against the elite men’s crews around them.
“It’s hard to tell what the women’s field is going to be like,
but we are keen to mix it up with some of the men and see how we
go,” said Nisbet.
“The plan is to use it as our final training block before the
worlds,” she said.
The entry from the Team Euro Steel women has fueled speculation
that McGregor’s husband Hank McGregor could well have booked
travel to the Western Cape for the race as well to use the event
as his final competitive outing with K2 partner Jasper Mocké
ahead of the world champs in Portugal.
The 2022 Breede River Canoe Marathon takes place on Saturday 3
and Sunday 4 September. More information can be found at
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Canoe Marathon 2022 Logo - portrait - on white (JPeg).
marathon champs-bound KZN crew of Jenna Nisbet and Pippa McGregor have
entered the Breede River
Canoe Marathon, which takes place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September on the
Breede River between Robertson and Swellendam.
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