River Canoe Marathon
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Houston brothers taking 2017 Fish in their stride
Cradock – The brother pairing of Alan and Andrew Houston will once again
team up for the 2017 Fish River Canoe Marathon and as is their way they
are not putting themselves under pressure at this year’s edition of the
two-day race on 6 & 7 October.
The former Michaelhouse school boys managed to race to a seventh place
finish in 2015 against a strong field and despite this year’s men’s
field seeming like quite an open one they still feel that they are going
to enjoy the race and appreciate time in a boat together.
“We paddled the Pre Fish together last weekend and despite it being our
only paddle before Fish we clicked straight away,” younger brother Alan
“That is always a good sign. We would like to have had more time in the
boat together but being so far apart, me in Stellenbosch and Andrew in
Underberg, means that that is the way it goes.
“We haven’t actually spoken about a specific goal for Fish, we just want
to have a good race and we’re both happy to be there.”
Alan will be in the front of the boat at the Fish this year, as he was
in 2015, and the relationship between the two siblings in the boat is an
“Andrew is convinced that the reason I drive is because I am lighter,
but we both know the real reason,” Alan chuckled.
“We don’t fight, well we haven’t fought yet in the boat and that’s
mainly due to the fact that we know each other so well and our bond is
strong enough that we know what makes each other tick and where each
other’s limits are.
“I think that that is one of the great advantages of paddling with a
sibling but I also know some cases where that doesn’t quite work out so
smoothly,” he added.
The Mooi River-raised pair put their names on the K2 paddling map when
they finished fourth in the 2016 Dusi Canoe Marathon despite being in
third going into the final stage.
All paddlers understand the importance of portaging on the Dusi and the
Houston brothers are both strong runners, however Alan still believes
that despite the shortness of the portages on the Fish there is still an
opportunity to make up time on the runs.
“It is a bit of a disadvantage for us that there is so little running
but with that said we still feel that if we run really hard it can be
beneficial to us.
“The small portages are still important for us and we want to use them
“Although there isn’t too much running we still feel that we will be
competitive as we use our consistency to maintain a solid pace,” he
The 2017 Fish River Canoe Marathon takes place from Grassridge Dam to
Cradock Sports Complex on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October. More information
can be found at
Event: 2017 Fish River Canoe
Championships: 2017 South Africa K2 Marathon Championships
Date: 6 & 7 October 2017
Venue: Cradock, Eastern Cape
Stages: Day One - Grassridge Dam to below Knutsford Bridge (48km)
Day Two -
Below Knutsford Bridge to Cradock Sports Complex (36km)
Social Media: #Fish2017
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Fish River Canoe
Marathon 2017 Logo - JPeg
The brother duo of Alan and
Andrew Houston will be back looking for a top ten finish at the 2017
Fish River Canoe Marathon on 6-7 October.
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