River Canoe Marathon Media Service
04 Oct 2022
Written by: Nick Tatham
Mackenzie in a rush to get back for Fish
Cradock - Following her bronze medal at the recent ICF Canoe Marathon World
Championships in Portugal, South African marathon queen Christie Mackenzie
will be on the start line at Grassridge Dam on Friday despite a mad rush
from Europe to the Eastern Cape.
Mackenzie was still in transit and is only expected home late on Tuesday
before she packs her river marathon boat and heads to Cradock for a shot at
the South African K1 River Marathon title.
It is not the first time that Mackenzie, and a number of other marathon
stars, have had to speed home for the Fish. She is used to the challenge
and this year's travel has been difficult but not as tough as previous
"We've rushed back for the Fish before and last time it was incredibly
difficult," Mackenzie said candidly. "I was trying to juggle university,
work on the side, World Champs and getting back for Fish so that was
difficult both mentally and emotionally.
"This time has been mostly physically draining with a three hour delay on
the runway so it's been a bit of a mission. This time has been stressful
with regards to the flying and my body is feeling really tired."
Heading to Fish after a period of intense international competition can be
mentally draining, however Mackenzie's body has taken strain too.
"Unfortunately I have done something to my calf muscle," the Euro Steel
star said. "It happened on the beach portage at the World Champs and it was
tough, so that's taken its toll.
"I will rush back for a physio appointment and hopefully everything will be
sorted for me to race Fish."
The women's field this year has been hit with the ICF Ocean Racing World
Championships taking place over the same weekend. The likes of Jenna Nisbet
and Nikki Birkett won't be fighting it out, however, Mackenzie will have
her defending K2 champion partner Bridgitte Hartley as well as Jordan Peek
to compete against.
"With Jenna, Nikki and a whole bunch of other girls racing the surfski
world's I am hoping that the pressure won't be on as much.
"With that said, Bridgitte and Jordan Peek and a whole bunch of other girls
will be there to make it relatively tough."
After a long season of preparation for the flat-water marathon world
championships, Mackenzie is looking forward to getting back into the river.
"I am super excited to get back into a river boat and get back to the
Fish," Mackenzie mentioned. "The water level is always good and it's a nice
change of pace from marathon racing.
"It will be more endurance based and not as high paced which I am looking
forward to and I'm really excited to start the new river season."
The Fish River Canoe Marathon takes place from 7-8 October.
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bagging a second bronze medal in the Under 23 women's K1 race at the ICF
Canoe Marathon World Championships last week, Euro Steel star Christie
Mackenzie is jetting back from Europe and will be on the Fish River Canoe
Marathon start line on Friday.
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