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Written by : Dave Macleod
McGregor Series back to light up local waters
Durban – Having taken the Euro Steel McGregor Series craze to Gauteng in
June, the highly-anticipated first KwaZulu-Natal leg of the series, the
Bidvest McCarthy Toyota Durban North Race, will take place at the
event’s founding home at Blue Lagoon this Friday, 28 July.
After being started in 2016 by multiple World Marathon champion Hank
McGregor, the McGregor Series exploded to life when it attracted
paddlers of all ages and abilities over a short 4km or a longer 8km
The first race of the KZN leg of the series this Friday will be K2
focused, although organisers do not want to limit the event and
K1’s,3’s, surfski’s, sit-on tops and stand-up paddleboards are all
welcome to take part.
The series started as a way for McGregor and his wife Pippa to give back
to a sport that has given them so much over the years and with an ethos
of enjoyment and involvement the series has encouraged non-paddlers and
ex-paddlers to get into a boat and enjoy a Friday evening on the water.
“The series comes at a stage in the season when many paddlers are
starting their training for the summer season races like the Dusi or the
Drak,” says McGregor.
“We encourage these paddlers to commit to paddling the 4km or 8km race
with a novice or even a family member or your second, to give someone
the opportunity to experience the pleasure of paddling.”
With the 2017 ICF World Marathon Championships being held at Camps Drift
in Pietermaritzburg in September, Hank and Pippa have arranged for two
of the four KZN legs of the series to be held at Camps Drift.
“You can already sense the buzz ahead of the World Champs in
Pietermaritzburg, so we have agreed to hold Series races there on August
18, and the last one on 1 September, the Friday before the World Champs!
The vibe will be amazing!
“We try to keep it as simple and affordable to enter – to race costs
just R20 to enter – and there is R10 000 in prize money and prizes
spread over all the race categories, with lots of fun prizes and
giveaways,” said McGregor.
Despite the inclusive nature of the event the racing at the front end of
the field is always top class and exciting. South Africa will be hosting
the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships next month and the series
gives those looking to take part the ideal opportunity to get some
Added incentives for paddlers that take part are great prizes as well as
value for money. Paddlers’ race entry fee of R20 will also include a
wors roll at the end.
More information can be found at
2017 Euro Steel McGregor Paddle Series:
Race 2 : 28 July – Bidvest McCarthy Toyota Durban North Race, Blue
Race 3 : 18 Aug – FNB Race, NCC, Pietermaritzburg
Race 4 : 25 Aug – Bidvest McCarthy Toyota Durban North Race, Blue Lagoon
Race 5 : 1 Sept – Euro Steel Race, NCC, Pietermaritzburg
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What is all about, multiple
world marathon champion Hank McGregor takes Glenda Austin of Bidvest
McCarthy Toyota Durban out for a paddle. “The Euro Steel McGregor Paddle
Series is all about giving someone the opportunity to experience the
pleasure of paddling,” says McGregor.
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