Breede River Canoe Marathon Media Release
2 Sept 2022
gather for tactical Breede Marathon
Robertson – Some of the world's best marathon paddlers will
gather in the shadow of the Langeberg mountains this weekend for
the two-day Breede River Canoe Marathon, that will decide the
Western Cape K2 River titles for 2022 and provide some of the
elite stars with a last dress rehearsal before the marathon world
championships at the end of the month.
After a wet start to the end of winter that plays host to the K2
paddling season on the Breede River, the rains have stopped and
the level of the river subsided steadily, forcing the host club
to make some changes to the first stage, and adding on a sample
of the kind of racing expected at the ICF world marathon
championships in Ponte de Lima in Portugal in a few weeks’ time.
The new start at the picturesque Viljoensdrift Wine Estate allows
the race to get under way on the flat water dammed by the Sliding
Weir, and take on laps of marathon paddling and portaging that
will provide a spectacle-friendly start to the race, before
heading downriver for the rest of the first stage to Riggton Farm
The second stage of the race from Riggton Farm to Kam'Bati Resort
The best of the local K2 crews will be on the start-line,
including the winners of the last pre-Breede race Kenny Rice and
Uli Hart, former winner Greg Louw and Matt Fenn, the powerhouse
crew of Graeme Solomon and Anders Hart, Murray Starr and Dan
Jacobs and Heinrich Schloms and Ernest van Riet, with Clint Cook
and Tom Lovemore adding an ominous threat.
All them will be anxious to ensure that they remain in contact
with the 2017 world championships crew of Hank McGregor and
Jasper Mocké, who have unashamedly entered the race to fine tune
their racing ahead of the world championships K2 race in
In what could end up being a notable slice of Breede history,
McGregor's wife Pippa has also entered with her world champs K2
partner Jenna Nisbet, and a victory in the women's division could
see the rare feat of a husband-and-wife Breede victory.
McGregor and Nisbet will not have it all their own way as a
strong field of women's K2 crews has assembled for the event,
including Candice Murray and last year's winner Kira Bester, Dusi
winner Jordy Peek with her partner Christy Shrimpton, and the
junior crew of Neriyah Dill and Holly Smith that turned into one
of the female pacesetters during this Breede season.
With the potent women's race potentially stealing the limelight,
there is also an intriguing race for the mixed doubles podium
brewing, as some of the country's top female paddlers team up
with male partners for the two day challenge on the technical
Team Euro Steel's new signing Melanie van Niekerk will partner
Scheepers Schoeman, Bianca Beavitt has her partner Crispin
Thompson lined up for the race, and the strong Maties paddler
Tracey Oellerman, who finished second in last year's womens K2
race, has co-opted Dom Leslie for a shot at the mixed doubles
The weekend has been dedicated to the memory of well-known
paddler Giel van Deventer who died on the Breede River on 20
August. Every paddler will get a special cap commemorating the
life of the Berg marathon icon, and the race medal that each
finisher receives will also commemorate the impact that he had on
The host club Milnerton Canoe Club will also sponsor each entrant
a bottle of wine to take home ands enjoy in Van Deventer's
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).
Uli Hart (front) and Kenny
Rice will start as a fancied crew for the Breede River Canoe Marathon
podium this weekend after winning the last-pre-Breede race.
and Hank McGregor are using the Breede River Canoe Marathon this weekend
as their final competitive training for the world marathon championship
in Portugal at the end of the month.
marathon champs-bound KZN crew of Jenna Nisbet and Pippa McGregor will
be the crew to beat in the women's K2 race at the Breede River
Canoe Marathon this weekend.
The organisers of the Breede River Canoe Marathon
this weekend have moved the start of the race downstream to the
Viljoensdrift Wine Estate to accommodate the lower-than-usual water
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