Bay Union King of
McGregor and Lovemore team up for King of the Bay
Durban – Defending champion Hamish Lovemore has scooped eleven times
marathon world champion Hank McGregor for the Bay Union King of the Bay
surfski race on 4 October with the same combination heading for the
national flatwater marathon championships in St Francis the following
Lovemore enjoyed a stellar 2019, winning the Berg Marathon team event
with Tyron Maher before he teamed up with McGregor for the first time to
win a highly competitive Ozzie Gladwin K2 title with McGregor.
“That was an incredible experience,” he recalls. “It was a shock for me
with the two kilometre portage, and we had to come back from behind. But
with Hank being so calm and so tenacious we pulled back and managed to
Lovemore is part of the Blue Lagoon MacSquad training group coached by
Hank McGregor’s father Lee McGregor, and shares daily training sessions
with the elite group that has been built around Hank McGregor over the
Lovemore had developed a deep respect and friendship with McGregor. “I
feel like his little brother but not a day goes by without me feeling
privileged to be paddling with an athlete of Hank’s calibre.
“As a partner he is so calm, but you know that Hank start every race to
win it, which brings all sorts of pressure with it, because if you fall
short of that, it is your fault. For me that’s is just extra
motivation,” says Lovemore.
Scooping the spot to partner McGregor for the surfski and marathon
double title deciders thrills Lovemore as it signals a shift in the
national paddling landscape as McGregor has enjoyed thoroughly
successful world title-winning partnerships with Jasper Mocké and then
“I am so pumped!” enthused Lovemore. “I get goosebumps from start to
finish paddling with Hank, and we seem to be going well together, which
is exciting for the month ahead,” he said.
He added that the Bay Union King of the Bay was the ideal dress
rehearsal before the road trip down to the Eastern Cape for the national
flatwater marathon champs on the estuary at St Francis the following
“There is a bit of the unknown,” he said. “No-one is really sure of who
will be paddling together for the doubles race, and lockdown has meant
that no-one has been racing or training together apart from the early
zoom sessions on the ergos.”
Under the rejigged canoeing calendar the Bay Union King of the Bay will
double as a the SA and KZN double ski title decider.
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Hamish Lovemore (right) gets
the winners spoils from Colin Simpkins at last year's Bay Union
King of The Bay. He has scooped the services of Hank McGregor for the
2020 race that will decide the South
African S2 and KZN S2 titles.
Hamish Lovemore (back) with
Hank McGregor en route to victory in the the Ozzie Gladwin marathon
earlier in the year. The duo has agreed to race the iconic Bay Union
King of The Bay on 4 October together.
“I am so
pumped!” enthused Lovemore. “I get goosebumps from start to finish
paddling with Hank, and we seem to be going well together, which is
exciting for the month ahead,” he said.
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