2022 Fish River Canoe Marathon Media Service  No: Fish2201

 04 Aug 2022

 Embargo: None Written by: Nick Tatham

Fish number 40 on the horizon for Anderson

Cradock - As the only person to paddle in every edition of the Fish River Canoe Marathon, this year's 40th anniversary will be extra special for one of the race's pioneers Rory Anderson.

Since the race's inception in 1982, Anderson is the only paddler that has made the trip to the small Karoo town of Cradock every year and from 7-8 October 2022 he will notch up a remarkable 40 consecutive Fish finishes.

"It's just incredible that nothing has got in my way for 39 years and I hope that nothing gets in my way this year and I can paddle again," Anderson said. "The race is so exciting and it draws me in every year and I have definitely come to love it more and more.

"Just to be a part of the race for all these years is so special and I love getting to Cradock and meeting up with old friends and taking in the hospitality of the region."

Since his debut he has mixed up how he attacks the two day journey from Grassridge Dam to Cradock, but in recent times the popular K3 option has been his go-to.

"A few of us bought a K3 about ten years ago and that has been the most fun, and I think of the last ten Fish's I've done nine have been in a K3.

"In my youth I did most of them in a K1 and then shifted to a K2 but a K3 is a lot of fun."

As the race continues to hold a position as one of the most popular in the country, Anderson has seen the growth and is proud of what the race has become.

"When we pioneered this race all those years ago we were hopeful that it would survive but seeing it become such a massive race is fantastic.

"It's been through some tough times but it's a race that so many people put in their calendar as soon as the dates are announced - I'm definitely one of those!

"The river has changed radically in the last 40 years with the introduction of the various chutes along the way but all the work that has gone into the river has made it safer but hasn't compromised on the excitement.

"The race is always so well organised and I look forward to it every year," Anderson added.

The 64 year-old Cape Town resident might not be as nimble as he once was but makes sure that he is in good enough shape to tackle the 84km race.

"I train regularly and there are a group of us that paddle every week and in the summer I am paddling in the sea more than the river," he commented.

"There is a lot of action in the Fish River with the rapids which require extra work.

"Those rapids are exhilarating and make the race what it is."

More information can be found at www.fishmarathon.org.za.


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Rory Anderson (front), joined here by partners Andy McPherson (middle) and Owen Johnson (back), will be back to try and become the first person to complete 40 Fish River Canoe Marathons from 7-8 October 2022. Jetline Action Photo
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