River Canoe Marathon Diary Note
2018 Fish River Canoe Marathon set for SA K1 Champs
Cradock – As the nationwide drought continues to linger, paddlers from
around the country will be licking their lips about the guaranteed water
release from the Grassridge Dam for the two-day Fish River Canoe
Marathon from 5-6 October.
Now well established as one of the most popular races due to the
consistently good water levels, the Fish is a race that is enjoyed by
novices and professionals alike and this year the country’s top paddlers
will be fighting it out for the SA K1 River Marathon title.
With the opening day being 48km, starting with a 2,3km stretch across
Grassridge Dam and a quick portage, the opening 9km often sees a large
group of paddlers bunched together as they approach the first major
obstacle at Keith’s Flyover rapid.
From there the field thins out slightly, and if you are able to gain a
slight advantage it will be difficult for the chasers with the second
day only being 36km long.
Day two’s iconic obstacle is the Cradock Weir that comes just a few
kilometres from the finish, and in the past it has provided a dramatic
stage that has often decided the final outcome of the race.
The Fish in nature is a fast-paced race giving paddlers very few
opportunities to get away from the opposition should no mistakes be
made. In 2016’s K1 shoot-out both days came down to end sprints in the
men’s race with Euro Steel’s Hank McGregor edging his 2018 FNB Dusi K2
partner Andy Birkett for the title.
This rivalry that has developed over the years have blossomed into
friendship with the pair racing the upcoming ICF Canoe Marathon World
Championships together in what is widely regarded as an dream K2
The effects of racing at the World Marathon Championships should be
subsided when the paddlers head to the Klein Karoo town over the first
weekend of October.
Despite their friendship they still maintain a healthy rivalry and the
SA K1 Championships will provide another enthralling chapter in this
modern-day battle of the titans.
With the Fish being one of the premier river races on the calendar the
elite field is always extremely strong and will include local star and
defending K2 champion Greg Louw. Louw finished third behind McGregor and
Birkett in 2016 and will be hoping to push the pair in 2018.
The ladies showdown will see a new K1 winner crowned following the 2016
and 2014 dominance of Abby Solms.
There are a number of paddlers who will be in the running for the top
spot on the podium with Bridgitte Hartley, who was the runner-up in
2016, and Jenna Ward sure to feature as potential title winners.
There will be a further challenge from the wings and the pair of Hartley
and Ward will have to be careful throughout the two days because there
will be a group of paddlers including Christie Mackenzie ready to
The young Mackenzie has come into her own following her second place
finish at the 2017 FNB Dusi and followed that up with a K2 second this
year. She won bronze at the 2017 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships
and will be hoping for a podium at the Fish this year.
Once again the Fish River Canoe Marathon will provide all the paddlers
with two days of entertaining paddling and partying with the event
commonly referred to as the biggest party in paddling.
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Fish River Canoe
Marathon 2018 Logo - JPeg
Defending K1 Fish River Canoe
Marathon Champion Hank McGregor will have a fight on his hands this year
if he is to make it a hat-trick of wins at the popular two day race from
Following a second in 2016,
Bridgitte Hartley will be hoping to turn that into a first at the 2018
Fish River Canoe Marathon from 5-6 October.
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