River Canoe Marathon Media Service
McGregor & Jacobs taking Fish 2019 in their stride
Cradock – Having won the Umkomaas River Marathon and finished eighth at
the iconic Sella Descent in Spain, Hank McGregor is adjusting his goals
go for this year’s Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon that finishes in
Cradock on Saturday, 28 September.
It was almost expected that McGregor would partner up with Euro Steel
team-mate Andy Birkett for the Fish, however that changed when Birkett
made the decision to focus specifically on the ICF Canoe Marathon World
Championships in China just three weeks after the Fish.
Having committed to the Fish and being a huge fan of the event McGregor
and Jacobs decided to partner up for the 82km stretch of river from
Grassridge Dam to the finish at the Cradock Sports Complex in town.
“I have always loved the Fish because it is such a unique race where
everyone travels from around the country to one venue,” the seven-time
Fish champion McGregor said. “I feel that it is the pinnacle of river
paddling in the country because it is a paddling race, unlike Dusi which
is a multi-sport event!
“I don’t feel that there is another race in the country like it and I
look forward to racing it every single year. This year is no different
but Wayne and I will have a slightly different attitude.”
Having last won the race in 2016, McGregor has been out of the winners
circle for a few years however he doesn’t feel there is any pressure on
him and Jacobs to finish in the pound seats.
“I am not going into the race with any expectations; we just want to go
out there and have a good time.
“Our biggest goal is to win the Vets category!” he laughed. “We want to
be the fastest fathers on the Fish this year.”
Despite the eighth at the Sella, McGregor feels that their result was
better than their position suggested.
“In the pre-race time trial we were with the European marathon champions
so we are a good combination in the boat.
“We go well together and I guess we can take some confidence from the
fact that we were right up there with the best in Europe.”
It’s going to be a busy period for McGregor who is racing in the ICF
Ocean Racing World Championships this week and then returns for the Fish
in a few weeks and then jets off to China for the Marathon World
“I’ve worked it out that I have five international races coming up and
so I want to try and use the Fish to try and just keep the momentum
before we head to China.
“It’s such a great weekend in the Karoo with good water and good
hospitality so we are looking forward to getting down there again,”
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Following a strong performance
at the Umko and the Sella Descent, the pair of Hank McGregor (front) and
Wayne Jacobs (back) will reunite for a crack at this year's Hansa Fish
River Canoe Marathon from 27-28 September.
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