River Canoe Marathon Media Service
04 Aug 2022
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
"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
"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,"
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
"Those rapids are exhilarating and make the race what it is."
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Anderson (front), joined here by partners
Andy McPherson (middle) and
Owen Johnson (back), will be back to try and become the first person to
Fish River Canoe Marathons
from 7-8 October 2022.
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