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Sweeping changes for Berg Canoe Marathon

Sweeping changes have been approved for the Berg River Canoe Marathon, including its conversion to a team event, and the scrapping of the pre-race time trial. John Hishin/
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Paarl – Sweeping changes have been made to the format of the iconic Berg River Canoe Marathon that will take place from Paarl to Velddrif from 11 to 14 July 2018, modernising the race and adapting to suggestions from its paddlers. The biggest change is the conversion of the race, which has been a solo challenge since its inception in ...

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Final changes made to 2017 Berg

With a lean field expected to take on the 2017 Berg River Canoe Marathon in 2017, Hungarian Marathon ace Adrián Boros looks set to take on the favourites tag for the four-day journey from Paarl to Velddrif from 12-15 July. John Hishin/
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Paarl – After the cold front that made landfall over the Western Cape this past weekend failed to make any significant impact on the level of the Berg River, the organisers of the Berg River Canoe Marathon have confirmed changes to the race route for the four day classic from 12 to 15 July. The first stage from Paarl will ...

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Rains set to bolster Berg River stock

With a cold front approaching the Western Cape this weekend, Berg River Canoe Marathon organisers are hoping that this rain will mean that the race can follow its traditional route from Paarl to Velddrif from 12-15 July.
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Paarl – The fate of the 2017 Berg River Canoe Marathon hangs in the balance as a well-timed cold front makes landfall in the Boland on Sunday, with expected rains that could rescue what is looking to be a very tough four day outing on a low river. With the Western Cape still in the grip of the drought that ...

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Alternative routes being considered for Berg

Organisers of the Berg River Canoe Marathon from 12-15 July are considering changes to the first two stages forced on them low water conditions forced on them by the severe drought, and an increase in trees blocks and vegetation growth on the upper reaches of the river. Mouton van Zyl/
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Paarl – With the 56th running of the iconic Berg River Canoe Marathon just over two weeks away, the race organisers are considering major changes to the race route caused by vegetation and low water problems. With the region still firmly in the grips of the drought, the very low level of water in the Berg River system has left ...

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Czech star Mojžíšek back for another Berg crack

Czech Republic's Petr Mojžíšek will return to the Berg River Canoe Marathon for the second time when he hits the water in Paarl from 12-15 July 2017. Kassie Karsten/
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Paarl – Respected Czech Republic marathon paddler Petr Mojžíšek has added his name to the entry list for the upcoming Berg River Canoe Marathon, joining Hungarian former world champion Adrián Boros in a strong looking international team heading for the four day classic from 12 to 15 July. The 40 year-old veteran from Jesenice in Prague is a big man, ...

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Maties men up for Berg challenge

Training Trio. Maties paddlers Carlisle Hartman, Dustin Starr and Evan Knight training at the Berg River Dam in preparation for the Berg River Canoe Marathon. “We are all KZN guys, with plenty of Dusis and Draks behind us, so the Berg is a totally new challenge," said Knight. Supplied/
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Paarl  – A core group of five students from the University of Stellenbosch has committed to taking on their 2017 Berg River Canoe Marathon, many of them Berg novices, undaunted by the distance of the four day race or the consequences of the drought ravaging the region. Maties canoe club captain Evan Knight says the group has been putting in ...

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Berg organisers commit to staging 2017 Berg

The Berg River Canoe Marathon from 12 to 15 July takes the paddlers from Paarl, through the Winelands into the Swartland and down to the Cape West Coast. John Hishin/
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Paarl – The organisers of the Berg River Canoe Marathon have moved to reassure paddlers that the event will go ahead, despite the crippling drought that is gripping the Western Cape. Water levels in the Berg river between Paarl and the lower tidal reaches of the river are extremely low, and the feeder dams are equally depleted. “We are committed ...

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Defending champs reign supreme at 2016 Berg

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Velddrif – Hank McGregor entrenched his status as the undisputed champion of the Berg River Canoe Marathon by wrapping up a tactically brilliant overall victory while Bianca Beavitt defended her women’s title in a gusty display of determination when the race ended in Velddrif on the West Coast on Saturday. Holding a seven minute advantage going into the final stage ...

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Drama aplenty sorts out the Berg stage two field

Following a slow start on the opening day Mac Squad's Jenna Ward made a solid charge into second place in the women's race after the second stage of the 2016 Berg River Canoe Marathon on Thursday. John Hishin/
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McGregor’s major competition, Simon van Gysen and Adrian Boros, needed to make up some significant time on the second stage in order to put the 10-time champion under pressure however McGregor received a nasty gash on his forehead after he connected with a tree branch which threatened to derail his pursuit for an unprecedented eleventh title. “That’s the Berg for ...

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