Canoeing

Rains arrive to ease pressure on drought struck Drak

After a summer-long drought that has left the Mzimkhulu River running pitifully low, a perfectly placed thunderstorm has filled the river ten days before the popular N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon, rekindling the possibility of the high waters experienced on the race in 2013. Anthony Grote/
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Underberg – A perfectly placed Drakensberg downpour has dramatically eased the pressure on the organisers of the N3TC Drak Challenge on 23 and 24 January after months of dismally low water levels in the uMzimkhulu due to the ravages of the El Niño fuelled drought that is gripping the country. With ten days to go to the 2016 race, the ...

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Hank McGregor sets his sights on a fourth Drak title

Hank McGregor (Jeep Team/Euro Steel) will be hoping to celebrate his 38th birthday by winning the N3TC Drak Challenge when it ends on Sunday 24 January 2016. Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

Underberg – Six times world marathon champion Hank McGregor has lined up a shot at a fourth title at the N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon on 23 and 24 January, hoping to overturn a two year run of misfortune on the popular two-day race through the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg. “I am full go for the N3TC Drak Challenge,” ...

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N3TC Drak organisers reassure paddlers, saying #RainMustFall

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Underberg- Following the decision to postpone the FastDrak canoe race on the weekend due to the unusually low water levels in the Mzimkulu River, the organisers of the N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon on 23 and 24 January have reassured paddlers that they have contingency plans in place to safeguard the hugely popular two day canoeing race. The El Nino-driven ...

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New junior crew targets 2016 FNB Dusi

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Pietermaritzburg – U18 Surfski World Champion Mark Keeling and Valley of a Thousand Hills emerging star Mpilo Zondi have confirmed an unlikely partnership ahead of the 2015 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon as they look to challenge for the iconic race’s Junior Boys’ 2016 spoils. Despite having only engaged with one another for the first time during their combining at the ...

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Birkett back to defend his Drak title

Euro Steel's Andy Birkett has confirmed he will be back to defend his title at the N3TC Drak Challenge on 23 and 24 January 2016. Anthony Grote/
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Underberg – Two-time defending N3TC Drak Challenge champion Andy Birkett has confirmed that he will be back to contest the 2016 edition of the two-day race on 23 and 24 January, saying that he will be ready for whatever conditions the Southern Drakensberg weather throws at him. “I am amped!” said Birkett. “It seems to have crept up on me ...

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Ozzie Gladwin a key pre-Dusi hit out for many

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Pietermaritzburg – A fiery contest awaits participants of Sunday’s 2015 Ozzie Gladwin Canoe Marathon presented by Parklane Superspar as most of next year’s FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon top contenders look to challenge for the coveted title and put in a strong showing at the key Dusi seeding race. Starting on the picturesque Albert Falls Dam, paddlers complete a 4km flat ...

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N3TC Drak Challenge 2016 dates confirmed

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Underberg – The 23rd edition of the hugely popular two-day N3TC Drakensberg Challenge canoeing marathon on the uMzimkhulu river through the Southern Drakensberg will take place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January 2016 and will serve as the South African leg of the International Canoe Federation’s Classic Series. Founded in 1994, this unique river race has caught the attention ...

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Ozzie Gladwin hero Jenkins & Ntondini primed for Dusi season

With the 2016 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon season getting into full swing the ADreach pair of Len Jenkins and Siseko Ntondini will be looking to build on what has been a solid start at the Ozzie Gladwin Canoe Marathon, presented by Parklane Superspar, on Sunday 29 November. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

Pietermaritzburg – The fledgling partnership of marathon racing kingpin Len Jenkins and Siseko Ntondini is blossoming into a force to be reckoned with and with the best ever record at the Ozzie Gladwin Canoe Marathon, presented by Parklane Superspar, Jenkins will hope that the pair can continue their good form on Sunday. Although the race does not take place on ...

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Bouman gains valuable points at Race 6 of Wall & Back

With some precious points on offer the young Kyeta Purchase managed to brave conditions on Friday evening and get herself right into the ladies mix with two races to go in the Illovo Suncoast Pirates Wall and Back Surfski Series. Anthony Grote/
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Durban – As the 2015 Illovo Suncoast Pirates Wall and Back Surfski Series heads towards the business end Durban surfski stalwart Matt Bouman got himself some valuable points on Friday evening with two races left in the series. A number of good results has put the Epic Kayak’s star in the mix but the win would have catapulted him into ...

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McGregor takes Wall & Back momentum abroad

Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks' Hank McGregor wrapped up his third race win of the 2015 Illovo Suncoast Pirates Wall and Back Surfski Series on Friday before turning his attention to his upcoming international commitments. Anthony Grote/
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Durban – Hank McGregor jetted off to Hong Kong on Saturday ahead of next weekend’s Dragon Run with good momentum under his belt after he overcame a poor start to clinch victory at Friday evening’s fifth race of the 2015 Illovo Suncoast Pirates Wall and Back Surfski Series while junior sensation Kyeta Purchase won the women’s race. “I’m still yet ...

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